The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics announced that accreditation for McNeese State University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics and its Dietetic Internship has been extended through June 2019. Both programs are offered through the Harold and Pearl Dripps School of Agricultural Sciences.
ACEND is the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians or dietetic technicians. The McNeese program has been accredited since 1993.
“The accreditation of our dietetics and internship programs speaks to the quality of our faculty and their dedication to providing the highest level of educational experience for our students,” said Dr. Chip LeMieux, school director and associate dean of the College of Science and Agriculture.
Students who graduate from McNeese’s program receive a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural sciences with a concentration in nutrition and dietetics. These graduates are then eligible to apply for acceptance into supervised dietetic internship programs like the one at McNeese or at other universities across the country. Upon completion of the internship, students are then ready to take the national registration examination for dieticians.
“Our graduates will have a greater understanding of community nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, food science principles, management skills, effective communication strategies in nutrition and food education, and issues that affect the profession of dietetics,” said LeMieux.“ACEND accreditation ensures the quality of the McNeese program.”
For more information about McNeese’s Didactic Program in Dietetics or its internship program, call 337-475-5690.