Future Education Model

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

The ACEND® Board released the first draft Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate, Bachelor and Master Degree Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics for public comment in (September) 2016 and encouraged all stakeholders to provide comment. Based on input received from this survey and additional input from both formal and informal organizations and groups, the Board revised the draft Future Education Model Standards including the expected competencies and performance indicators for each degree level program. ACEND® encourages all stakeholders to provide input on these revisions at the following survey link.

  • The link will remain open until April 28, 2017.

Webinar: Draft Future Education Model Standards

ACEND has developed two webinars to provide background on the development of the Future Education Model Standards.

The newly released webinar includes a summary of the public comments received on the first draft of the Future Education Model Standards and discusses the changes made in the revised draft of the standards.

The webinar released in fall 2016 provides detailed information about the data collected to develop the first draft of the Future Education Standards Model Accreditation for Associate, Bachelor and Master degree programs.

Revised Draft Future Education Model Accreditation Standards

Download PDFs of the REVISED Draft Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate, Bachelor, and Master 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.

Revised Draft Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate Degree Programs

Revised Draft Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Bachelor Degree Programs

Revised Draft Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Master Degree Programs

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 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. Learn more about Virtual Town Hall Meetings.