On August 10, 2017, the USA-Based Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) granted full re-accreditation to the Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (NDCP), at AUB's Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFSC) at FAFS, under the IDE International Dietitian Education (IDE) program standards.
By receiving this highly-valued status, the NDCP remains to be proudly considered a unique program on the national, regional and international level. It is also the first program in Lebanon and the region and the third outside the USA to attain this prominent recognition.
This outstanding achievement re-confirms that AUB's Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program meets the stringent requirements and expectations of the accredited nutrition education programs within the United States, making it the only nutrition and dietetics program in Lebanon and the region to allow its graduates to be eligible to sit for the US-Based Registration Examination for Dietitians and get awarded the credential of Registered Dietitian (RD). Thus AUB's graduates will have the opportunity to practice their profession in the USA and worldwide.
The NDCP has received this full re-accreditation after a rigorous review done by the ACEND team of the program’s educational quality and its Dietetic Practicum at the three affiliated medical centers: AUBMC, Rafik Hariri University Hospital, and Saint George Hospital University Medical Center.
The Chair of the ACEND review committee also commended the NDCP for its 100% pass rate in the US RD exam since receiving the first accreditation in 2013.
This international recognition of the NDCP is a stamp of quality marking the academic excellence and exceptional achievements that distinguish NFSC, FAFS and AUB.
This accreditation is in line with FAFS's mission and vision to address wellbeing and health through ‘Healthy Earth, Healthy Food, Healthy People’, and with AUB’s commitment to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of the university’s education.
Gratitude to the endless and concerted efforts, and perseverance of the NDCP team, faculty, preceptors, students, and staff, led by Dean Nahla Hwalla, NDCP Director. Congratulations to NFSC, FAFS and AUB for this outstanding milestone.
To read the ACEND Full Re-accreditation article on AUB’s website, click here.