The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics 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. 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:
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.
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The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is an autonomous accrediting agency for education programs preparing students to begin careers as RDNs or DTRs.
Standard policies and procedures for the candidacy and full accreditation of nutrition and dietetics education programs.
Find programs educating RDNs and NDTRs.
Nutrition and dietetics education programs apply to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) accreditation by submitting applications that comply with accreditation standards.
ACEND® adheres to principles of transparency and regularly posts information regarding accreditation processes, policies, standards and requirements.
ACEND offers a variety of information for students seeking a career in nutrition and dietetics.
ACEND offers multiple resources for dietetic program directors including a program director portal which includes an accreditation forum with information and forms for meeting ACEND accreditation requirements.
ACEND provides opportunities for both accreditation and dietetics and nutrition professionals to expand their knowledge with professional development resources.