The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND ) is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists or nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (NDTR)
Bachelor’s and graduate level dietitian coursework and supervised practice for RDN eligibility (combined program)
Associate’s degree DT coursework and supervised practice for NDTR eligibility
Bachelor’s and graduate level – dietitian coursework only (must be completed before the Dietetic Internship required for RDN eligibility)
Post bachelor’s supervised practice only for RDN eligibility (must complete DPD and at least a bachelor’s degree before entry)
This information is provided in response to questions from the public about eligibility to sit for exams to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist or Dietetic Technician, Registered, and the presence of ACEND -accredited programs at educational institutions. No other statement about the quality of an educational institution is intended or implied. Only graduates of ACEND -accredited programs are eligible to take the exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist or Dietetic Technician, Registered. Individuals who only have degrees in nutrition, dietetics or other related areas from programs that are not ACEND -accredited are NOT ELIGIBLE to take the exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist or Dietetic Technician, Registered. Educational institutions on the list, below, either have no nutrition program or the nutrition program is not accredited by ACEND .
- American InterContinental University
- Ashford University
- Ashworth College
- Clayton College of Natural Health
- Huntington College of Health Sciences
- Jones International University
- Kaplan University
- University of Phoenix
Please contact the ACEND office at 800/877-1600 ext.5400 if you have questions.