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Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

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.

ACEND® can be contacted by:

Email: Click to email
Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995

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:

Phone: 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)
Mail: U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202

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. Learn about ACEND's mission, vision, reviewers, ad hoc panel for appeals, advanced practice and more.
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Accreditation Standards Fees and Policies

Standard policies and procedures for the candidacy and full accreditation of nutrition and dietetics education programs, including decision calendars, 2022 standards and templates, Future Education Model Standards and Templates and more.
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Accredited Programs

Find programs educating registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetic technicicans, registered—including by program type (didactic, coordinated, internship and those offering graduate agrees), location, admission requirements and program features (offers credits transfer, distance education, etc.).
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Accreditation Process

Nutrition and dietetics education programs apply to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics accreditation by submitting applications that comply with accreditation standards. Learn more about accreditation candidacy for U.S. and non-U.S.-based programs, future model application and rationale, FAQs and more.
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Public Notices and Announcements

ACEND® adheres to principles of transparency and regularly posts information regarding accreditation processes, policies, standards and requirements. See accreditation decisions, programs under review, noteworthy practices, virtual town meeting schedules and minutes, and ACEND UPdates.
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Students and Advancing Education

ACEND offers a variety of information for both U.S. and international students seeking a career in nutrition and dietetics, including details about applications processes, Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways, scholarships, advanced degree programs and student representative opportunities.
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Program Directors

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—in addition to details on application processes; inclusion, diversity, equity and access resources and information for directors about individualized supervised practice pathways.
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ACEND Training and Volunteer Opportunities

ACEND provides opportunities for both accreditation and dietetics and nutrition professionals to expand their knowledge with professional development resources. Learn about becoming a preceptor, mentor or program reviewer and read about training workshops and resources.
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Join the Academy

Members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics receive exciting benefits including complimentary continuing professional education opportunities, discounts on events and products in, invitations to exclusive members-only events and more!