Core ACEND Competencies DI - Keiser University
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Core ACEND Competencies DI

Core Competencies for the RD 

CRD 1.1 Select indicators of program quality and/or customer service and measure achievement of objectives. (Tip: Outcomes may include clinical, programmatic, quality, productivity, economic or other outcomes in wellness, management, sports, clinical settings, etc.)

CRD 1.2 Apply evidence-based guidelines, systematic reviews and scientific literature (such as the Academy’s Evidence Analysis Library and Evidence-based Nutrition Practice Guidelines, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Guideline Clearinghouse Web sites) in the nutrition care process and model and other areas of dietetics practice

CRD 1.3 Justify programs, products, services and care using appropriate evidence or data

CRD 1.4 Evaluate emerging research for application in dietetics practice

CRD 1.5 Conduct projects using appropriate research methods, ethical procedures and data analysis

CRD 2.1 Practice in compliance with current federal regulations and state statutes and rules, as applicable and in accordance with accreditation standards and the Scope of Dietetics Practice and Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics

CRD 2.2 Demonstrate professional writing skills in preparing professional communications (Tip: Examples include research manuscripts, project proposals, education materials, policies and procedures) CRD 2.3 Design, implement and evaluate presentations to a target audience (Tip: A quality presentation considers life experiences, cultural diversity and educational background of the target audience.)

CRD 2.4 Use effective education and counseling skills to facilitate behavior change

CRD 2.5 Demonstrate active participation, teamwork and contributions in group settings

CRD 2.6 Assign patient care activities to DTRs and/or support personnel as appropriate. (Tip: In completing the task, students/interns should consider the needs of the patient/client or situation, the ability of support personnel, jurisdictional law, practice guidelines and policies within the facility.)

CRD 2.7 Refer clients and patients to other professionals and services when needs are beyond individual scope of practice

CRD 2.8 Apply leadership skills to achieve desired outcomes

CRD 2.9 Participate in professional and community organizations (see tip, below)

CRD 2.10 Establish collaborative relationships with other health professionals and support personnel to deliver effective nutrition services. (Tip: Other health professional include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc.)

CRD 2.11 Demonstrate professional attributes within various organizational cultures (Tip: Professional attributes include showing initiative and proactively developing solutions, advocacy, customer focus, risk taking, critical thinking, flexibility, time management, work prioritization and work ethic.)

CRD 2.12 Perform self assessment, develop goals and objectives and prepare a draft portfolio for professional development as defined by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

CRD 2.13 Demonstrate negotiation skills (Tip: Demonstrating negotiating skills includes showing assertiveness when needed, while respecting the life experiences, cultural diversity and educational background of the other parties.) Professional & Community Organizations (CRD 2.9) · Community-based supervised practice experiences need not take place in a dietetics-related organization.

CRD 3.1 Perform the Nutrition Care Process (a through e below) and use standardized nutrition language for individuals, groups and populations of differing ages and health status, in a variety of settings a. Assess the nutritional status of individuals, groups and populations in a variety of settings where nutrition care is or can be delivered b. Diagnose nutrition problems and create problem, etiology, signs and symptoms (PES) statements c. Plan and implement nutrition interventions to include prioritizing the nutrition diagnosis, formulating a nutrition prescription, establishing goals and selecting and managing intervention d. Monitor and evaluate problems, etiologies, signs, symptoms and the impact of interventions on the nutrition diagnosis e. Complete documentation that follows professional guidelines, guidelines required by health care systems and guidelines required by the practice setting

CRD 3.2 Demonstrate effective communications skills for clinical and customer services in a variety of formats. (Tip: Formats include oral, print, visual, electronic and mass media methods for maximizing client education, employee training and marketing.)

CRD 3.3 Develop and deliver products, programs or services that promote consumer health, wellness and lifestyle management (Tip: Students/interns should consider health messages and interventions that integrate the consumer’s desire for taste, convenience and economy with the need for nutrition, food safety.)

CRD 3.4 Deliver respectful, science-based answers to consumer questions concerning emerging trends CRD 3.5 Coordinate procurement, production, distribution and service of goods and services. (Tip: Students/Interns should demonstrate and promote responsible use of resources including employees, money, time, water, energy, food and disposable goods.)

CRD 3.6 Develop and evaluate recipes, formulas and menus for acceptability and affordability that accommodate the cultural diversity and health needs of various populations, groups and individuals

CRD 4.1 Participate in management of human resources

CRD 4.2 Perform management functions related to safety, security and sanitation that affect employees, customers, patients, facilities and food

CRD 4.3 Participate in public policy activities, including both legislative and regulatory initiatives

CRD 4.4 Conduct clinical and customer service quality management activities

CRD 4.5 Use current informatics technology to develop, store, retrieve and disseminate information and data

CRD 4.6 Analyze quality, financial or productivity data and develop a plan for intervention

CRD 4.7 Propose and use procedures as appropriate to the practice setting to reduce waste and protect the environment

CRD 4.8 Conduct feasibility studies for products, programs or services with consideration of costs and benefits.

CRD 4.9 Analyze financial data to assess utilization of resources

CRD 4.10 Develop a plan to provide or develop a product, program or service that includes a budget, staffing needs, equipment and supplies

CRD 4.11 Code and bill for dietetic/nutrition services to obtain reimbursement from public or private insurers.

Emphasis community Nutrition Concentration Competencies

CC1 Research and develop a program plan to implement policy, organizational or systems change to impact healthy eating/active living for a community.

CC2 Design, implement and evaluate a community health program or event for a designated population.


Interns are evaluated throughout the program by preceptors and the program director.  Continuous feedback permits the intern to identify strengths and areas of possible improvement during the learning process.

Initial feedback will be provided by the program director through the online training modules and during the orientation experience.  Interns are evaluated throughout the by program on projects assigned during the rotations by the program director.  Interns are required to have daily access to a computer and printer for timely completion of assignments and projects.

Preceptors will evaluate interns during the rotations.  The preceptor’s feedback is vital to the success of the interns learning process.  Program director and/or program coordinator will routinely communicate with preceptors.  Mid-point and final evaluations are completed by the preceptor.

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