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a Publication for members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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About ACEND®

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) or nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered (NDTR). ACEND® serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

ACEND® is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper. This recognition affirms that ACEND® meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND® is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and abides by its code of good practice. ACEND® can be contacted by email (, phone (1-800-877-1600 x5400), or mail (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995).

ACEND® Accreditation Standards Work

2017 Accreditation Standards RELEASED

The ACEND® Board has released the 2017 Accreditation Standards for Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Programs (CP), Didactic Programs (DPD), Internship Programs (DI), Technician Programs (DT) and Foreign (FDE) and International (IDE) Dietitian Programs. The 2017 Standards will go into effect for eligibility applications for new programs in nutrition and dietetics on September 1, 2016 and for existing accredited nutrition and dietetics programs on June 1, 2017. ACEND® thanks all who have given input. The 2017 Standards are the results of a planned five-year review cycle of the current 2012 Accreditation Standards to ensure compliance with USDE regulations.

Proposed Future Education Model

The ACEND® Board has extended the deadline for public comment on the draft Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate, Bachelor and Master Degree Programs to December 30, 2016.


ACEND® publishes documents related to its accreditation process and makes them available to the public. Additional resources for directors of new and established programs are available through the ACEND® Portal.

ACEND Announcement

Monthly Standards Update

Each month, the ACEND® Standards Committee provides a brief update about its Standards development work.

Virtual Town Hall Meetings

ACEND® hosts a conference call the first Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. (Central Time) to answer your questions about ACEND's work. All stakeholders are invited to participate.

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ACEND Professional Development

ACEND® Workshops and Training

ACEND® professional development including workshops, webinars and journal club information. Some trainings offer CPE credits.

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ACEND® Portal

Information and forms for dietetics program directors, reviewers and ACEND® board members

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