Nutrition and Dietetics

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The program was granted full accreditation by the ACEND board in February 2014.

UTSA Program Change Information for Students  (click to view document)

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: 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 Coordinated Program at The University of Texas at San Antonio are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN..

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements

ACEND can be contacted by:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
  • Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
    Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Important Note: To become a registered dietitian nutritionist, the educational program and supervised practice/experimental learning (internship) must be an ACEND-accredited program. Graduates must then pass the national registration exam that is set forth by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).