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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 or nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered.
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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 U.S. Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper for ACEND accredited free-standing Dietetic Internship programs located in hospitals, county boards of health, other health facilities, and school systems. This recognition affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. USDE can be contacted by:
Phone: 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)
Mail: U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202
The ACEND accredited free-standing dietetic internship program and its governing organization/institution may use ACEND accreditation to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs of the Higher Education Act as amended. For DT, DPD, CP and GP programs which are located in higher education institutions, ACEND may not be used to establish Title IV eligibility. Title IV does not apply to programs outside the U.S. or its territories.
ACEND accredited free-standing dietetic internship program interested in learning more about their eligibility to receive federal funding through Title IV should contact their Federal Student Aid (FSA) regional office.
ACEND is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors and abides by its code of good practice.
ACEND hosts periodic conference calls to answer your questions about ACEND's work. All stakeholders are invited to participate. Learn more about Virtual Town Hall Meetings.
ACEND has more than 600 accredited programs across the United States and select countries internationally, with in-person and online options. Use the search filters to find the program that fits your needs.