Candidacy for Accreditation

It is highly recommended that any institution considering development of a new nutrition and dietetics education program for ACEND® accreditation consult with ACEND® staff early in the development process, complete all ACEND® Web-based education courses and attend an ACEND®-sponsored workshop.

The Candidacy for Accreditation Process includes:

  • An Eligibility Application Review
  • A Self-study
  • An On-site Visit

These steps allow ACEND® to verify the proposed program is progressing toward compliance with the Accreditation Standards and demonstrates institutional readiness to implement the proposed program. After the ACEND® Board grants Candidacy for Accreditation status to a proposed program, the program may enroll students. Students on premises and enrolled after Candidacy is granted will be considered graduates of an accredited program upon successful completion of the program. Policies and procedures related to candidacy for accreditation can be found in the ACEND® Policy and Procedure Manual.

Eligibility Applications for Programs Seeking ACEND® Accreditation

Programs seeking eligibility must submit a digital copy of the eligibility application and fee at least 12 months in advance of the planned enrollment of the first class of students.  The application must be submitted electronically as one PDF file to

ACEND Board Ends Moratorium on New Didactic Programs in Dietetics

At its September 14, 2020 meeting, the Board of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) voted to end the moratorium on new Didactic Programs in Dietetics. Programs interested in applying for candidacy for accreditation of a Didactic Program in Dietetics may complete the Eligibility Application located on this web page. The ACEND® Accreditation Standards for Didactic Programs in Dietetics are located here: 2017 Accreditation Standards. For more information, you may contact ACEND® staff at

Accreditation from Business Entities or Publicly- or Privately- Held Corporations.

At its March 9, 2020 meeting, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) Board voted to place a moratorium on accepting new eligibility applications from proposed dietetic internships housed in business entities or publicly- or privately-held corporations interested in applying for candidacy for accreditation under Standard 1 RE 1.1e, effective April 7, 2020. This moratorium will allow the ACEND Standards Committee time to evaluate how to proceed with Standard 1 RE 1.1e for dietetic internship programs as they revise the 2017 Standards. The Board’s decision does not affect already submitted eligibility applications nor any of the currently accredited programs. In Fall 2020, ACEND will be releasing the draft 2022 Accreditation Standards for public comment at which time stakeholders are encouraged to provide comments for consideration. 

Definition of business entities or publicly- or privately- held corporations may be found in the 2017 Accreditation Standards for Dietetic Internship Programs Standard 1, Required Element 1.1e.