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  • Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards


    Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD)

    Approved January 2008



    Copyright March 2009, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education/American Dietetic Association. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, without the prior written consent of the copyright holder. Published in the United States of America.

  • Note: The text of this document has been adapted with the authors permission from the Guide to Accreditation at http://www.acpe-accredit.org/edcenter/sitevisits (January, 2009).

    Introduction to CADE Accreditation

    Accreditation in the United States has a long history and has developed into a voluntary system that is unique in the world. Specialized accreditation is the public recognition awarded to academic programs that meet established criteria and educational standards. Accreditation decisions are based on evaluations whose purpose is to provide a professional judgment about the quality of an academic program and to promote institutional improvement. In other words, accreditation's main goals are to assure and enhance quality.

    The Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) is the American Dietetic Association's accrediting agency for education programs that are preparing students for careers as registered dietitians or dietetic technicians, registered. CADE serves and protects the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

    While the definition of accreditation may be stated simply, the activity is more complex and involves defining requirements necessary for a quality educational experience. These are the eligibility requirements and accreditation standards that are established by CADE through discussions with and contributions from the educational community, practitioners and others affected by the accreditation process.

    The CADE eligibility requirements and accreditation standards serve as the foundation for each dietetics programs evaluation. A program undergoing accreditation assesses its strengths and challenges based on CADEs standards and describes its plans for improvement in a document called a "self-study report. The report is reviewed by CADE volunteers and staff, and then the program is visited by a team of trained evaluators. The team engages in a series of focused interviews, meetings, observations and tours that 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 objectively address key areas of CADEs standards based on evidence provided by the program and gathered by the team. The CADE Board of Directors reviews the teams report and uses it to arrive at a final accreditation decision.

    CADE is recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This affirms that CADE meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs.


    Appreciation is given to the members of the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), the Accreditation Standards Committee and CADE staff; education program directors, faculty and administrators; and CADE reviewers, ADA member leaders, registered dietitians, dietetic technicians, registered and employers who participated in the 2005-2007 revision of the accreditation standards.

  • Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards for Didactic Programs in Dietetics


    CONTENTS Page Eligibility Requirements 1

    Program Structure and Finances 1 Required Program Characteristics 1 Requirements for Supervised Practice 1 Requirements for Program Directors 1 Title IV Compliance for Dietetic Internships 2 Consortia 2

    Standard One: Program Planning and Outcomes Assessment 3

    Program Mission 3 Program Goals 3 Program Outcomes 3 Program Assessment 3 On-going Program Improvement 4

    Standard Two: Curriculum & Student Learning Outcomes 5

    Learning Activities 5 Program Concentrations 5 Curriculum Plan 5 Curriculum Length 6 Learning Assessment 6 On-going Curricular Improvement 6

    Standard Three: Program Management 7

    Qualifications of the Program Director 7 Responsibilities of the Program Director 7 Program Resources 7 Faculty 7 Preceptors 8 Continuing Professional Development 8 Supervised-Practice Facilities 8 Program Information 8 Policies and Procedures 8 Program Handbook 9


    A Foundation Knowledge Requirements and Learning Outcomes for DPDs 10 B National Benchmarks for Monitoring Dietetic Education Programs 15 C Operational Definitions 16

  • 2008 DPD Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards 1

    Eligibility Requirements

    All programs applying to the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) for accreditation must meet certain basic requirements, including sponsorship by an organization responsible for the program.

    The Didactic program in Dietetics (DPD) that currently has CADE accreditation status must submit documentation showing that the eligibility criteria are met in conjunction with the self-study application for accreditation.

    Organizations applying for CADE accreditation status to become a new DPD must submit documentation showing that the eligibility criteria are met before submitting the self-study application for accreditation.

    CADE will consider only applications from programs that meet specific DPD eligibility criteria and are housed in organizations that meet sponsoring institution eligibility requirements.

    Program Structure and Finances

    1. The DPD must be housed in a college or university located in the U.S. or its territories and accredited in good standing by a U.S. regional institutional accrediting body for higher education.

    2. The DPD must be integrated within the administrative structure of the college or university, as evidenced by an organization chart showing the relationship of the program to other programs/services.

    3. The DPD must have a budget to support the program.

    Required Program Characteristics

    The DPD must 1. provide didactic instruction to meet the Foundation Knowledge and Learning Outcomes defined in

    Appendix A for entering a Dietetic Internship and

    2. award a degree. The DPD may award a baccalaureate degree, graduate degree or both. The institution is responsible for choosing and awarding a degree that is commensurate with the amount and complexity of the course work required to meet student learning outcomes. If the DPD awards a graduate degree, the dietetics-specific knowledge must be achieved through prerequisite or graduate courses that are required for completion of the graduate degree.

    Requirements for Supervised Practice

    Not applicable.

    Requirements for Program Directors

    The DPD must have a designated director who

    1. has earned at least a masters degree,

    2. is credentialed as a registered dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR),

    3. has a minimum of three years professional experience post credentialing,

    4. is a full-time employee of the sponsoring institution as defined by the institution, and

    5. does not direct another CADE-accredited dietetics education program.

  • 2008 DPD Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards 2

    Title IV Compliance for Dietetic Internships

    Not applicable.


    A DPD consortium is two or more independent institutions or organizations combining to sponsor a DPD. In addition to the eligibility criteria stated above, a DPD consortium must meet the following criteria:

    1. The consortium must consider itself a single education program.

    2. A formal agreement must exist between the two or more organizations that jointly sponsor the program. The formal agreement among members of the consortium clearly defines financial and other resource contributions of each member to the total program.

    3. One individual must serve as Consortium Program Director and have primary responsibility for the program and communications with CADE.

    4. Each member organization in the consortium must designate a Coordinator for the program within that organization who is employed by the organization.

    5. The organization chart clearly shows the relationship of each member of the consortium to the total program and the relationship of each Coordinator to the Consortium Program Director.

    a. Membership of committees reflects representation of each member institution or organization.

    b. Coordinators share responsibility for planning and assessment with the Consortium Program Director.

  • 2008 DPD Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards 3

    Standard One: Program Planning and Outcomes Assessment

    The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) clearly states a mission, goals, expected program outcomes and assessment measures. The DPD implements a systematic continuous evaluation process, including assessing expected versus actual program outcomes and achievement of goals; and uses the results to take action to maintain or improve program effectiveness.

    Program Mission

    1.1 The DPD has a mission that distinguishes it from every other program in the college/university, is compatible with the mission statement or philosophy of the sponsoring college/