Dietetic Nutrition

Dietetic Internship

ACU’s proposed Dietetic Internship program is designed to prepare students with the academic and clinical training to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The proposed Dietetic Internship will provide a unique field experience allowing students to address real-world issues with an emphasis on hunger, health, housing, and hope.

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Dietetic Internship

The Abilene Christian University Dietetic Internship has applied for Candidacy for Accreditation.

Accreditation includes self-analysis, preparation of a self-study report, and an on-site evaluation visit by a team of professional peers. Dietetics educators and practitioners, appointed by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) board, participate in the peer review process to determine if a program is achieving its own educational objectives and meeting the accreditation standards. The ACEND board accredits programs that are able to meet these standards.

Programs not currently accredited by ACEND may apply for candidacy for accreditation. Candidacy status is awarded after review of an eligibility application and self-study report and an on-site evaluation indicate that the program is progressing toward compliance with the Accreditation Standards and demonstrates institutional readiness to implement the proposed program. After candidacy for accreditation is granted, the program may enroll students. Students on premises and enrolled after candidacy is granted will be considered graduates of an accredited program on successful completion of the program.

If you would like to be notified when further details become available, please contact Graduate Admissions at (325) 674-6911, toll free at (855) 822-3267, or email us at

If you have specific questions about the proposed program or the accreditation process, please contact:

Martha Smallwood, Ed.D., R.D., L.D.
Dietetic Internship Director and Assistant Professor

Sheila Jones, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.
Department Associate Chair and Associate Professor

Application Deadline:
Fall 2014
  • May 1, 2014

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