Latest Updates from ACEND

Dietetics Preceptor Training Program (8 CPEUs) Is Now Available

On December 16, 2020, the Dietetics Preceptor Training Program Modules (8.0 CPEUs) were removed from CDR's Online Campus platform and were no longer available for access by preceptors. In an effort to continue to provide this valuable training, ACEND® has completed the migration of the modules to a new online platform. The program is a replication of the previous training provided on CDR's website and will continue to offer 8.0 complimentary CPEUs for preceptors who complete the entire training. For more information and to access the preceptor training modules.

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Helpful Features for Program Directors on New ACEND Portal

Now that program directors have all used the new ACEND® Portal to complete the 2020 Annual Report, ACEND® recommends that program directors explore the other features of the Portal. These can be found under "Actions" and "Download Templates" and include:

  • Access DocuWare to upload reports: Click "Upload Reports to DocuWare" to access the DocuWare upload form. DocuWare is ACEND®'s report upload system used by programs to submit substantive changes, interim reports, self-study reports, site visit report responses and other documents.
  • Change names and contact information for institution administrators: The "Manage Administrator Contacts" section allows program directors to update administrator names and contact information when there is a personnel change within their institution.
  • Access to open invoices due to ACEND®: Click "Pay Open Invoices" to check for invoices from ACEND® on our payment system. The payment system will list open invoices or note that there are no open invoices for the program.
  • Download Summary Data from the Annual Report: The "Download an Annual Report Submission Summary" allows program directors to access annual report data starting with the 2020 annual report. Please note that some fields will not automatically populate. ACEND® recommends downloading this summary prior to completing your annual report to input this data.
  • Auto-populated report templates: On the main tile, under the heading "Download Templates", program directors can download the required Substantive Change Cover Page template and the optional Interim and Progress Report Cover Page Template. Program information, like program name and type, will auto-populate into these templates when downloaded from the portal.

Log in to the portal to try out these features. Contact your ACEND® manager if you have any questions.

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Second Call for Cohort 5 Applications for Demonstration Programs under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards

Due to Covid-19, the ACEND® Standards Committee has issued a second call for applications for those interested in being part of cohort 5 demonstration programs under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards. Applications for cohort 5 are due May 3, 2021 at 11 a.m. (Central time).

A webinar series that presents an overview of the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards and the Accreditation review process will be available in February 2021.

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April and November 2020 Computer Match Results

Every spring and fall, graduates of didactic programs in nutrition and dietetics (DPD) participate in a computerized match process run by D&D Digital for placement in a nutrition and dietetic internship program. The combined results of the first round of the April and November 2020 computer match and a comparison with the previous three years are shown below. These numbers do not include applicants who matched during the second round.


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Options for Free-Standing DIs Discussed at November Town Hall

ACEND® hosted and recorded a topic-specific Virtual Town Hall meeting on Tuesday November 10, 2020. Program options for free-standing dietetic internships were discussed regarding the 2024 CDR graduate degree eligibility requirement, the proposed 2022 ACEND® Accreditation Standards and the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards. Access the recording and the slides in the Town Hall meeting minutes.

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Virtual ACEND Program Director Workshop – 2017 Accreditation Standards: March 4-5, 2021

Take advantage of ACEND®'s virtual training opportunity for program directors and other program constituents that are preparing for an upcoming Self-Study Report and Site Visit or are interested in learning about the ACEND® 2017 Accreditation Standards. Note: this workshop will cover the ACEND® 2017 Standards.

  • Thursday, March 4, 2021: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Central time)
  • Friday, March 5, 2021: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Central time)

The workshop will be limited to 40 participants so please sign up early.

More information and to register for the workshop.

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Reminder: Virtual Town Hall Meeting January 19

The next Virtual Town Hall Meeting will be held on January 19, 2021 from 11 a.m. - noon (Central time).

An overview of Competency-Based Education (CBE) and the differences between existing 2017 standards and FEM standards: CBE and integration will be discussed during the townhall.

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ACEND® Board Waives the Substantive Program Change Fee to Add a Graduate Degree

At its October 12, 2020 meeting, the board of the ACEND® voted to waive the program change fee for all ACEND®-accredited programs applying to add a graduate degree to a program accredited at the baccalaureate level or accredited as a non-degree option (e.g., Dietetic Internships).

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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 voted to end the moratorium on new Didactic Programs in Dietetics.. Learn more about applying for Candidacy for Accreditation for a Didactic Program in Dietetics and to obtain an Eligibility Application. The ACEND® Accreditation Standards for Didactic Programs in Dietetics are located here: 2017 Accreditation Standards. For more information contact ACEND® staff at

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Reminder to Notify Prospective Students and Interns of CDR's Master's Degree Requirement

All ACEND® accredited programs for registered dietitian nutritionists must post language on their websites notifying prospective students or interns about the Commission on Dietetic Registration's requirement for a minimum of a master's degree to take the credentialing exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists beginning in 2024. ACEND® will require all programs to submit to ACEND® a link to where this information can be found on the programs' websites. Program directors will be notified of the procedure for submitting this information in September 2020.

"Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited [program type] program at [Institution name] are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN].

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here."

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