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Doctoral Standards and Templates

The Advanced Practice Doctorate (APD) prepares registered dietitian nutritionists as leaders, advanced clinicians, educators, practice-based researchers, administrators and other advanced professional roles in a variety of settings. The advanced practice degree is distinct from the entry-level master's degree in nutrition and dietetics, as well as the research PhD. It incorporates advanced didactic coursework, an advanced practice residency and applied research to achieve its core competencies.

Students entering a post-credential advanced practice doctoral program are expected to hold the RDN credential and to have earned a bachelor's degree with a minimum of four years of full-time post-credentialing work experience or a master's degree with a minimum of two years of full-time post-credentialing work experience.

Advanced Practice Doctoral Accreditation Standards

Guidance Information

ACEND Decision Calendar

The ACEND Board follows the decision calendar for program accreditation reviews.

Self-Study Report Templates

Summary and Signature Page Templates

Nutrition and Dietetics Standard-Specific Templates

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