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Future Education Model Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

Iowa State University has applied to open a new and exciting program in August 2021 to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see www.eatrightpro.org/FutureModel). 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.

Iowa State University demonstrated its leadership in education by submitting an application to be part of the first cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards. The ACEND Board has approved our phase 1 application and will make a final accreditation decision on the program in Fall 2020 after review of our phase 2 report. Program graduates will be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. 

Contact Dr. Mridul Datta at diisu@iastate.edu or phone 515-294-7565 for more information.

Response for some frequently asked questions can be found here FEM Student FAQs.

 


Please note that 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: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree.

In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program at Iowa State University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University is excited about a new graduate degree program to train future RDNs coming in Fall 2021. Learn more about it here.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN at Iowa State University click here.

The Iowa State University Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®)

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