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Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics:
ACEND (formerly CADE)

The dietetic internship at WVU Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accrediting agency for educational programs to become a RD or DTR. The program is currently accredited through June 30, 2025.

Accreditation is necessary because dietetics is a unique profession of such complexity and benefit to the health of the population that it requires a defined educational process based on national standards. ACEND is responsible for setting the national standards for what dietetics students are taught, and for evaluating, recognizing, and publishing a list of education programs that meet these standards.

ACEND accreditation is important to students because:

  • The ACEND educational standards are developed and accepted by practicing dietetics and nutrition professionals nationwide.

  • It means that the programs will provide the knowledge, skills and/or competencies you need for entry into the dietetics profession.

  • Only graduates from an accredited/approved academic program (DPD) are able to apply for accredited dietetic internships (DI) leading to the RD examination.

  • Only graduates from an accredited DI or Coordinated Program are able to take the RD exam.

In short, ACEND-accreditation signifies quality education for your chosen profession.

(Information courtesy of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website: www.eatright.org)

Academic Requirements

The Commission for Dietetic Registration establishes requirements for eligibility to take the entry-level registration examinations for dietitians and dietetic technicians. Current requirements include academic preparation, supervised practice, and confirmation of academic and practice requirements by verification. These requirements are periodically reviewed and are subject to change.

Academic Degree

Minimum of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent.

Current Minimum Academic Requirements

Completion of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics. All Didactic Programs in Dietetics are listed in the Directory of Dietetics Programs. December 31, 1999 is the last postmark date for submitting registration eligibility applications using Plan IV minimum academic

Supervised Practice Requirements

All dietetic education programs accredited by ACEND must be in the U.S. or its territories. Supervised practice requirements stipulate completion of one of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics accredited or approved pathways.

WVU Medicine Provides:

Accredited Dietetic Internship Program

Provides for the achievement of performance requirements for entry-level dietitians through a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice. The program follows completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics and a Baccalaureate degree.

(Information from the Commission on Dietetic Registration website at www.cdrnet.org)