Both the UAA Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Dietetics and the UAA Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Dietetics and Nutrition (UAA Future Graduate Program) 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 exam.  The degree provides individuals with the didactic requirements needed to complete a Dietetic Internship or a Future Graduate Program, such as the UAA Future Graduate Program, and then be eligible to take the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam.  To be successful in their field, RDNs need a strong science foundation along with courses in management, clinical and community nutrition, food science, communication, counseling, therapeutic nutrition, and nutrition for the lifespan.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) granted the UAA Future Graduate program 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.

For information regarding the Dietetic Internship accreditation, please visit the Dietetic Internship webpage.

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