It is highly recommended that any institution considering development of a new 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.