ACEND

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.

ACEND® can be contacted by:

  • Email: ACEND@eatright.org
  • 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. ACEND is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors and abides by its code of good practice.

ACEND hosts a conference call the third Wednesday of each month at 3 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.

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About ACEND

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.

Accreditation Standards, Fees and Policies

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics has standard policies and procedures for the candidacy and full accreditation of nutrition and dietetics education programs. 

Accreditation Process

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.

Public Notices and Announcements

ACEND® adheres to principles of transparency and regularly posts information regarding accreditation processes, policies, standards and requirements.

Students and Advancing Education

ACEND offers a variety of information for students seeking a career in nutrition and dietetics.

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.

Training and Volunteer Opportunities

ACEND provides opportunities for both accreditation and dietetics professionals to expand their knowledge with professional development resources.