Both the UAA Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Dietetics and the UAA Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Dietetics and Nutrition (Graduate Program, Future Education Model) are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
The B.S. degree in Dietetics is the first step to meeting the eligibility requirements to take the national registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) exam. The degree provides individuals with the didactic requirements needed to apply to a Dietetic Internship (which requires applicants currently hold a graduate degree at the time of application or complete a graduate degree as a part of the internship program) or a graduate degree that also includes supervised practice, such as the Graduate Program, Future Education Model, and then be eligible to take the RDN exam.
ACEND granted the UAA Graduate Program, Future Education Model accredited status on December 14, 2020 under the newly released Future Education Model Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics. These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.
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 ACEND.