We appreciate your willingness to help us in training USU Dietetic Interns. Working with interns is a fulfilling experience, yet it can also be challenging at times. ACEND® (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics), our accrediting body, asks that we provide training resources to our preceptors. Knowing that you are busy, we hope these preceptor training modules and other online training resources will will be helpful to you as you are working with interns. Thank you again for all your help!
USU DI Accreditation
The Utah State University Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
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The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) 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's® Accreditation Process
ACEND® Accreditation Standards serve as the basis for each education program's evaluation. A program undergoing accreditation assesses its strengths and challenges based on ACEND's® Accreditation Standards and describes its plans for improvement in a document called a "self-study report". The report is reviewed by a team of peer reviewers that includes an educator and a practitioner. An ACEND® Board member and a staff member assist the team in its review. The team also visits the program to participate in a series of focused interviews, meetings, observations and tours. These activities provide information to validate the contents of the self-study report and further evaluate the program. The team writes its own report to document its findings and to objectively address key areas of ACEND's® standards based on evidence provided by the program and gathered by the team. The ACEND® Board of Directors reviews the team's and uses it to arrive at a final accreditation decision.