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Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) -- Same name, even greater commitment

NDEP’s mission is to advocate for and empower educators and preceptors to lead the profession of nutrition and dietetics.  As a result of their mission, the goals of NDEP are: to recognize educators and preceptors as leaders of the profession, support and advance nutrition and dietetic education programs, and support the purposes and goals of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  NDEP consists of over 1,350 educator and preceptor members with a decision-making body composed of 13 elected members and four appointed members known as the NDEP Council.  NDEP represents the large group of educators and preceptors to ACEND, CDR, Council on Future Practice, Board of Directors and other entities within and outside of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Want to join NDEP?

Visit the Academy's website here or call (800) 877-1600 x 5000


Preceptors make a difference in the lives of students who are learning to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists or Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered by acting as a mentor and training the dietetic professionals of the future. Register to be a preceptor at: http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/acend/training-and-volunteer-opportunities/preceptors-and-mentors Or email preceptor@eatright.org 


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Revised 2018 Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (Competent, Proficient, and Expert) in Education of Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners (SOPP) 

To read the article click here: https://jandonline.org/article/S2212-2672(18)32101-4/pdf


NDEP FNCE Roundtable Discussion Documents 


Open House Listing 

This resource was created and is maintained by Victoria M. Getty, M.Ed, RDN, and is being made available through Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP).  These listings will provide you with information regarding open houses being hosted by accredited dietetic internships and coordinated programs to provide supervised opportunities and training for achievement of required competencies.


For more information re: the Open House Listing, contact Vicky Getty- vgetty@indiana.edu


NDEP Preceptor Guidance Webinar-

Available now for all educators and preceptors! 

Click on this Recording Link to view the webinar that was provided on July 26th. 

Once you view the link, click here to download your certificate: 1.0 CEU


Looking for more information on CPEUs for Precepting? Visit CDR's website at: https://www.cdrnet.org/cpeu-credit-for-preceptors


NDEP Awards

Click here to see the 2019 Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award Winners! 



Preceptor Resources

Programs have shared with the NDEP Preceptor Committee resources that they use for Preceptor Training.  Below are a few links; however, you can locate more by logging into the NDEP Portal at http://ndep.webauthor.com under Library and Preceptor Resources.  

University of Texas Medical Branch (MS/DI) - https://youtu.be/gCMMZhtzFQw

BYU: http://ndfs.byu.edu/MSDI/Preceptor-Information

UW Greenbay: http://www.uwgb.edu/human-biology/dietetic-internship-program/preceptor-hub/

Utah State University DI: http://dieteticinternship.usu.edu/preceptors/preceptor_training_videos


NDEP 2017 Preceptor Survey Results

Click here to see the results of the 2017 Preceptor Survey developed by the NDEP Preceptor Committee.  



2019-2020 NDEP Council Members

Regional Directors 


NDEP Geographic Areas

Western Region: 

West Coast: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, International

West Central: Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana      

Central Region:            

North Central: Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee

South Central: Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia         

Eastern Region:             

North East: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts

South East: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Puerto Rico, Washington DC


NDEP Committees 

If you would like to join one of NDEP's committees, please contact NDEP Vice Chair Claudia Scott - claudiawscott@gmail.com

Computer Match Committee: Reviews, updated and disseminates DICAS application process and computer matching responsibilities for applicants, DI Directors and DPD Directors.  Assures that computer matching policies for applicants and program directors are updated.  

Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Committee: Leads efforts for Inter-­Professional Education/ Inter-­professional Practice by sharing IPE/IPP practices in NDEP or DPG newsletters and at FNCE®, promotes the role of dietetic educators in IPE and support their local efforts and submits relevant articles for NDEP-­line and the educator section of JAND. 

Issues Management Committee: receives issues or questions from the NDEP membership and works within the Academy and its organizational units to resolve the issue.

Membership Committee: Assists with recruitment by developing brochures and communication tools and shares information with dietetics educators, preceptors, and department chairs about the benefits of NDEP membership.

Preceptor Committee: Leads initiatives to encourage practitioners to become active preceptors and connect them to accredited supervised practice programs; collaborates with Academy staff on preceptor initiatives; promote use and accessibility of the Find-a-Preceptor Database by program directors and applicants; develops promotional materials to share with Administrators describing the benefits of working with students and interns; and leads efforts in organizing and selecting yearly Outstanding Preceptor Award winners. 

Professional Development Committee: Identifies career and professional growth opportunities for educators and preceptors; supports educators and preceptors while seeking advanced practice certifications and moving up the career ladder; coordinates activities for educators and preceptors at affiliate, NDEP meetings and FNCE®; provide at least four free webinars per year targeted at educators and preceptors; and facilitates access to venues for faculty presentations, research forums and related opportunities.

Program Mentoring Committee:  Individualized mentoring will be offered to new Program Directors or those whose accreditation status is at risk. Mentors will be solicited by the Vice Chair in response to the needs for mentors based on the identification of new or at-­‐risk programs.

Resource Portal Committee: Collects case studies, rubrics, best practices from educators; provide to Academy staff to upload on portal. Increases resource availability for all NDEP members. 

Simulations Committee: Collects information on simulations and best practices by educators; post on the portal or in the NDEP newsletter.  Plans relevant articles to be submitted in NDEP section of JAND. 


NDEP Portal and EML

This online portal is a communication and networking tool for the members of the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) Group.  The portal includes a message board, an electronic mailing list (EML), a resource library and calendars for all NDEP events.  Once becoming a member of the NDEP group, you are automatically a member of the portal.  There is no need to sign up!  You can visit the portal at http://ndep.webauthor.com to access all the features of the portal! 

Your user name and password are the same as your member ID and password that you use to log into the Academy’s eatright.org website.  If you do not remember your Academy user name and log in, please call Member Services at 800-877-1600 ext. 5000 and ask for your Academy user name and log in.   

This portal will be the main communication system between the NDEP leadership and the members through email blasts and messages. 


Scope of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance

The Revised 2017 Scope of Practice and the Revised 2017 Standards of Practice in Nutrition Care and Standards of Professional Performance for both the RDN and the NDTR have been published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  All four (4) RDN and NDTR articles are open to our credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners and the public and are available online on the Elsevier website and via Academy webpages: www.eatrightpro.org/scope and www.eatrightpro.org/sop.

January 2018 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

  1. Revised 2017 Scope of Practice for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  2. Revised 2017 Standards of Practice in Nutrition Care and Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists

February 2018 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

  1. Revised 2017 Scope of Practice for the Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered
  2. Revised 2017 Standards of Practice in Nutrition Care and Standards of Professional Performance for Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered

The revised documents reflect updates in professional advancement and changes impacting practice such as:

  • CMS regulation related to RDN hospital ordering privileges and delegated orders and requirements in long-term care for RDNs and NDTRs;
  • Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014, which addresses discharge planning and transitions of care;
  • National efforts to address malnutrition; and
  • New practice focus areas outlined such as Coaching, Global Health, and Telehealth.

Practitioners may contact quality@eatright.org for inquiries regarding scope and standards of practice.