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UW Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics Receives Accreditation

November 30, 2018
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Recent UW Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) graduates and their instructors are, front row, left to right, Professor Enette Larson-Meyer; Jubilee Hoover, Cheyenne; Sarah Luzinski, Windsor, Colo.; Rachel Peterson, Laramie; Allison Hinze, Cody; and Kristin McTigue, DPND director. Back row, Katie Jacobs, Rock Springs; Kerry Schinkel, Rawlins; Nathan Raska, Laramie; and Jill Keith, assistant professor. Not pictured, Taylor Kraft, Sheridan; Christine Davis, Saratoga; and Lauren Osborn-Gibbs, Cheyenne. (Steve Miller Photo)

The University of Wyoming’s Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) recently received full reaccreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) board.

The UW dietetics program was established in 1923 and has been accredited since 1993.

Reaccreditation, which officially began last year, will run seven years and end Dec. 31, 2024. UW’s DPND program is within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, which also offers a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition and food.

UW’s DPND program reaccreditation was based on a peer review of the program’s self-study report addressing the 2012 accreditation standards, site visit report and the program’s response.

“ACEND recognizes your program’s compliance with the 2012 Accreditation Standards and encourages you to continue your efforts in providing quality dietetics education,” ACEND Chair Wanda Eastman wrote. “ACEND values your commitment to the quality and continued improvement of dietetics education as demonstrated during the accreditation process. Thank you for your support of dietetics education and students.”

Accreditation allows UW to continue to train the next generation of registered dietitian nutritionists, says Enette Larson-Meyer, UW human nutrition and food/dietetics professor.

“Our graduates are prepared to help tackle pressing nutrition concerns in this country, including food insecurity, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other nutrition-related chronic diseases,” Larson-Meyer says. “The site visit confirmed that our program provides a rigorous and well-rounded education with unique opportunities for experiential learning.”

She adds that remaining as an accredited program also benefits Wyoming residents because many of UW’s dietetics program graduates work as registered dietitian nutritionists in several local hospitals, medical and community clinics; and in a variety of food service settings across the state.

“Many also work in the national and global setting, which is an attribute to our strong program,” Larson-Meyer says. “The dietetic profession is a growing field with additional opportunities in sports, corporate wellness, industry, and public and private schools, and sustainable agriculture. It is exciting to be a part of the training of our young professionals.”

UW’s DPND program this past academic year achieved a 100 percent match of its students in the program into internship sites. The list includes seven seniors from this spring, one master's degree student and two former students.

“This is a huge accomplishment and reflection of the strength of our program and students because the national match rate is typically between 50-60 percent,” says Jill Keith, a UW human nutrition and food/dietetics assistant professor. “Also, our students matched with highly competitive internship sites across the nation including Veterans Administration medical centers in San Diego and Memphis, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Global Public Health.”

An informational session about UW’s DPND is scheduled from 1:15-2:10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Room 3026 of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Building.

ACEND is an autonomous accrediting agency for education programs preparing students to begin careers as registered dietitians or dietetic technicians. Programs meeting the ACEND Accreditation Standards are accredited by the organization.

To learn more about UW’s DPND, email Kristin McTigue at or Megan McGuffey-Skinner at

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