Core Knowledge and Competencies for the RDN

Accreditation for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Accreditation Standards for Dietitian Nutritionist Education Programs
Effective June 1, 2017

Knowledge

KRDN 1.1: Demonstrate how to locate, interpret, evaluate and use professional literature to make ethical, evidence-based practice decisions.
KRDN 1.2: Use current information technologies to locate and apply evidence-based guidelines and protocols.
KRDN 1.3: Apply critical thinking skills.

Competencies

CRDN 1.1: Select indicators of program quality and/or customer service and measure achievement of objectives.
CRDN 1.2: Apply evidence-based guidelines, systematic reviews and scientific literature.
CRDN 1.3: Justify programs, products, services and care using appropriate evidence or data.
CRDN 1.4: Evaluate emerging research for application in nutrition and dietetics practice.
CRDN 1.5: Conduct projects using appropriate research methods, ethical procedures and data analysis. CRDN 1.6: Incorporate critical-thinking skills in overall practice.

Knowledge

KRDN 2.1: Demonstrate effective and professional oral and written communication and documentation.
KRDN 2.2: Describe the governance of nutrition and dietetics practice, such as the Scope of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice and the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Nutrition and Dietetics; and describe interprofessional relationships in various practice settings.
KRDN 2.3: Assess the impact of a public policy position on nutrition and dietetics practice.
KRDN 2.4: Discuss the impact of health care policy and different health care delivery systems on food and nutrition services.
KRDN 2.5: Identify and describe the work of interprofessional teams and the roles of others with whom the registered dietitian nutritionist collaborates in the delivery of food and nutrition services.
KRDN 2.6: Demonstrate an understanding of cultural competence/sensitivity.
KRDN 2.7: Demonstrate identification with the nutrition and dietetics profession through activities such as participation in professional organizations and defending a position on issues impacting the nutrition and dietetics profession.
KRDN 2.8: Demonstrate an understanding of the importance and expectations of a professional in mentoring and precepting others.

Competencies

CRDN 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 Nutrition and Dietetics Practice and Code of Ethics for the Profession of Nutrition and Dietetics.
CRDN 2.2: Demonstrate professional writing skills in preparing professional communications.
CRDN 2.3: Demonstrate active participation, teamwork and contributions in group settings.
CRDN 2.4: Function as a member of interprofessional teams.
CRDN 2.5: Assign patient care activities to NDTRs and/or support personnel as appropriate.
CRDN 2.6: Refer clients and patients to other professionals and services when needs are beyond individual scope of practice.
CRDN 2.7: Apply leadership skills to achieve desired outcomes.
CRDN 2.8: Demonstrate negotiation skills.
CRDN 2.9: Participate in professional and community organizations.
CRDN 2.10: Demonstrate professional attributes in all areas of practice.
CRDN 2.11: Show cultural competence/sensitivity in interactions with clients, colleagues and staff. CRDN 2.12: Perform self-assessment and develop goals for self-improvement throughout the program. CRDN 2.13: Prepare a plan for professional development according to Commission on Dietetic Registration guidelines.
CRDN 2.14: Demonstrate advocacy on local, state or national legislative and regulatory issues or policies impacting the nutrition and dietetics profession.
CRDN 2.15: Practice and/or role play mentoring and precepting others.

Knowledge

KRDN 3.1: Use the Nutrition Care Process to make decisions, identify nutrition-related problems and determine and evaluate nutrition interventions.
KRDN 3.2: Develop an educational session or program/educational strategy for a target population. KRDN 3.3: Demonstrate counseling and education methods to facilitate behavior change for and enhance wellness for diverse individuals and groups.
KRDN 3.4: Explain the processes involved in delivering quality food and nutrition services.
KRDN 3.5: Describe basic concepts of nutritional genomics.

Competencies

CRDN 3.1: Perform the Nutrition Care Process and use standardized nutrition language for individuals, groups and populations of differing ages and health status, in a variety of settings.
CRDN 3.2: Conduct nutrition focused physical exams.
CRDN 3.3: Demonstrate effective communications skills for clinical and customer services in a variety of formats and settings.
CRDN 3.4: Design, implement and evaluate presentations to a target audience.
CRDN 3.5: Develop nutrition education materials that are culturally and age appropriate and designed for the literacy level of the audience.
CRDN 3.6: Use effective education and counseling skills to facilitate behavior change.
CRDN 3.7: Develop and deliver products, programs or services that promote consumer health, wellness and lifestyle management.
CRDN 3.8: Deliver respectful, science-based answers to client questions concerning emerging trends.
CRDN 3.9: Coordinate procurement, production, distribution and service of goods and services, demonstrating and promoting responsible use of resources.
CRDN 3.10: 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.

Knowledge

KRDN 4.1: Apply management theories to the development of programs or services.
KRDN 4.2: Evaluate a budget and interpret financial data.
KRDN 4.3: Describe the regulation system related to billing and coding, what services are reimbursable by third party payers, and how reimbursement may be obtained.
KRDN 4.4: Apply the principles of human resource management to different situations.
KRDN 4.5: Describe safety principles related to food, personnel and consumers.
KRDN 4.6: Analyze data for assessment and evaluate data to be used in decision-making for continuous quality improvement.

Competencies

CRDN 4.1: Participate in management of human resources.
CRDN 4.2: Perform management functions related to safety, security and sanitation that affect employees, customers, patients, facilities and food.
CRDN 4.3: Conduct clinical and customer service quality management activities.
CRDN 4.4: Apply current nutrition informatics to develop, store, retrieve and disseminate information and data.
CRDN 4.5: Analyze quality, financial and productivity data for use in planning.
CRDN 4.6: Propose and use procedures as appropriate to the practice setting to promote sustainability, reduce waste and protect the environment.
CRDN 4.7: Conduct feasibility studies for products, programs or services with consideration of costs and benefits.
CRDN 4.8: Develop a plan to provide or develop a product, program or service that includes a budget, staffing needs, equipment and supplies.
CRDN 4.9: Explain the process for coding and billing for nutrition and dietetics services to obtain reimbursement from public or private payers, fee-for-service and value-based payment systems.
CRDN 4.10: Analyze risk in nutrition and dietetics practice.