The Dietetic Internship at Winthrop University is currently accredited by the Acreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Drive, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 312/899-0040, ext. 5400. ACEND (formerly the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education) is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' (formerly the American Dietetic Association) accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians or dietetic technicians. ACEND exists to serve the public by establishing and enforcing eligibility requirements and accreditation standards that ensure the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. Programs meeting those standards are accredited by ACEND (ACEND@eatright.org). ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). This affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs.
Completion of the internship satisfies requirements for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and establishes eligibility to take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD exam) required to be a registered dietitian (RD). The internship provides applied professional experiences that build on the theoretical knowledge of an undergraduate degree and a didactic program in dietetics.