Future Education Model

The ACEND® Standards Committee has been developing standards and competencies for a new model for education in nutrition and dietetics with the purpose of advancing the profession and protecting the public.

The ACEND® Board released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate, Bachelor and Graduate Degree Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND® invites programs interested in being accredited under these standards to apply to be an early adopter demonstration program.

Webinar: Future Education Model Standards

ACEND® has a webinar that provides background on the development of the Future Education Model Standards, discusses plans for the adoption of the Standards by demonstration programs and provides future plans for data collection and analysis.

Future Education Model Accreditation Standards

Download PDFs of the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate, Bachelor and Graduate Degree Programs. Note that there are two versions of the revised standards for each degree level, one in which all of the changes are tracked and one "clean" version in which all of the changes have been accepted.

Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate Degree Programs

Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Bachelor's Degree Programs

Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Graduate Degree Programs

Guidance Information for the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards

Demonstration Program Application

ACEND® invites applications from organizations interested in sponsoring a nutrition and dietetics program that would be accredited under the ACEND® Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate, Bachelor's or Graduate Degree Programs as an early adopter demonstration program. Applications for the first cohort of demonstration programs are due October 9, 2017.

Monthly Updates

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

FAQ for the Future Education Model

ACEND has received many questions about the Future Education Model and has compiled a Frequently Asked Questions document with the most commonly asked questions and ACEND®'s response to each. Download PDF of Frequently Asked Questions.

Rationale for Future Education Preparation of Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners (January 2017)

This report summarizes data collected in multiple projects conducted with stakeholders, shares information collected in the environmental scan and recommends a new model for future education of nutrition and dietetics practitioners. Download a PDF of the Rationale Document and the document's appendices.

Virtual Town Hall

ACEND® hosts a virtual town hall the second Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. (Central Time) to answer your questions about ACEND®'s work. All stakeholders are invited to participate. Learn more about Virtual Town Hall Meetings.