Harding University nutrition and dietetics program granted full accreditat​ion

SEARCY, Ark. – The Harding University Didactic Program in Nutrition and

Dietetics was granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for

Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.


A self-study report was submitted by the program in fall 2011 and resulted

in a visit of the site in spring 2012. The ACEND board met in October and

voted to continue full accreditation of the program. The DPND was first

accredited in 2002 and will submit its next study report and receive a site

visit in 2022.


“I am delighted with the news of the reaccreditation of Harding University’s

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics,” said Dr. Lisa Ritchie,

director of dietetics. “This is a significant achievement in our ongoing

efforts to provide an excellent program built on a foundation of faith.”


ACEND is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ accrediting agency for

education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians

or registered dietetic technicians.


“As a result of the accreditation process, we now have a renewed focus on

our program’s mission: to provide an academically challenging program,

consistent with Christian ideals, as the students’ first step toward

becoming Registered Dietitians,” Ritchie said.


Harding is the largest private university in Arkansas with 6,815 students

and attracts more National Merit Scholars than any other private university

in the state. Harding also maintains campuses in Australia, Chile, England,

France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information visit