The University of Minnesota Dietetic Internship Program has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for the 2014-2019 period.
ACEND is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). ACEND serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.
ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education affirming that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and abides by its code of good practice.
After completing the internship program and successfully meeting all the graduation requirements, interns are issued a verification statement. Once the verification statement is issued, interns are eligible to take the registration examination set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). An internship graduate becomes a registered dietitian only after successfully passing the registration exam.
ACEND can be contacted by email (ACEND@eatright.org), phone (1-800-877-1600 x5400), or mail (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995).