Through a commitment to continual review, evaluation and improvement, Radford University’s Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) meets the accreditation standards defined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). RU’s Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is fully accredited until 2023.
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians (RD) 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 as a Title IV gatekeeper. This recognition affirms 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.
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The mission of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program extends the missions of the University, College and Department by preparing professionals to serve the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well-being. The Nutrition and Dietetics Program is designed to prepare students for careers as Registered Dietitians working in wellness, disease prevention and nutrition therapy settings. Alternative career paths include healthcare foodservice management, public health and the medical food industry.
1.0 The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) will attract, prepare, and graduate students who will become competent entry level nutrition and dietetics practitioners.
2.0 Graduates of the DPND will be actively engaged in the practice of nutrition and dietetics and demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.
1.1 Application rates to Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPNDs)
1.2 Placement rates in Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPNDs)
1.3 Pass rates for the RD Exam
1.4 Timely program completion rates
1.5 Satisfactory DPND preparation as described by graduates
1.6 Satisfactory DPND preparation as described by IPND directors
2.1 Graduate membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
2.2 Graduate attainment of advanced education and certification
Results of program outcome measures are available upon request.