The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is an autonomous accrediting agency for education programs preparing students to begin careers as registered dietitians or dietetic technicians, registered. Programs meeting the ACEND Accreditation Standards are accredited by ACEND®.


ACEND®'s mission is to ensure the quality of nutrition and dietetics education to advance the practice of the profession. ACEND® serves the public by establishing and enforcing accreditation standards that ensure the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs that reflect the evolving practice of dietetics.


ACEND®- accredited programs will be valued and respected for preparing competent professionals for entry-level and beyond.


To achieve its mission and vision, ACEND® established the following strategic goals:

  • Effectively communicates the accreditation process and expectations
  • Assure the quality of dietetics education through a peer review process
  • Foster innovation in dietetics education


  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Respect
  • Transparency

Strategic Plan

The ACEND® Board reviews and revises its strategic plan each year. View the current strategic plan.