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

Future Education Model Accreditation Standards Documents

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 second cohort of demonstration programs are due by 11:00 a.m. (Central time) on April 16, 2018.

ACEND® asks programs, who are considering submission of an application to be a demonstration program as part of the second cohort, to send an email to [email protected] indicating their intent to submit an application. This will facilitate ACEND® providing support to the program during the application writing process and will assist ACEND® in planning for the review of the applications.

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.

FNCE® ACEND® Forum Presentation

The ACEND® Forum presentation at FNCE® 2017 provided an update on ACEND®'s Standards work and the Future Education Model. Also discussed were the topics of competency-based education and competency assessment. You can view the presentation and the slides using the links below: