Northwest's dietetics program has been granted Full Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) through 2023.
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 312.899.0040 ext. 5400
The University also offers membership in the Northwest Student Dietetic Association, organized specifically for this major. NSDA promotes insight to the professional field and acts as a networking system as well as a tool for community involvement.
The dietetics program at Northwest strives to provide a quality learning environment, which will supply the dietetics student with the knowledge supportive of the dietetics profession. The program strongly encourages and arranges for individuals to gain work experience and to identify with a variety of professional role models. Northwest also supports and requires continuous professional development of faculty, keeping up with today's technology and trends in nutrition.
Data collected showing achievement of program goals is available to ACEND and the public upon request.
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: //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 Didactic Program in Dietetics program at Northwest Missouri State University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/Dietetic Internship.
In accordance with the vision and mission of Northwest Missouri State University, the philosophy of the Food and Nutrition program is to provide quality education experiences, which are student-centered, and maintain commitment to continuous improvement. The mission of the Food and Nutrition program is to prepare competent and productive members of the nutrition and food service profession. These graduates will emulate the dietetics profession through membership in the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition, and annual completion of continuing education activities. The graduates, as professionals, will perform as enablers to help individuals and families sustain and enhance their quality of life in a dynamic world.
The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to instill in dietetics graduates a desire to be life-long learners, leaders, to prepare them for dietetics internships and to deliver food and nutrition services throughout society and across the lifespan to sustain or enhance their quality of life.