News and Events
Montana Dietetics Internship Accredited
The Montana Dietetics Internship program completed an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) review September 2014. Reviewers stated that MDI program was among top 10% of programs they reviewed. MDI meets all 23 accreditation standards for US dietetic internship programs. MDI also meets expectations in overall organization and scored exemplary in program continuous quality improvement with viable plans that seek to further advance the quality of the program beyond the requirements of Standards.
ACEND reviewers noted the unique MDI program concentration in sustainable foods systems complements the state’s resources and needs related to agriculture, plus is well supported by faculty expertise. Thirty-four of 46 MDI graduates are professionally employed in Montana or the Rocky Mountain area and many interns have been hired at a location where they completed a portion of the internship.
The MDI program will accept 20 interns in the spring 2015 match for dietetic internships.
Counseling Program Obtains Eight-Year Re-Accreditation
The Health and Human Development Counseling program recently received a re-accreditation of eight years for their three CACREP- (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accredited programs: Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling; Mental Health Counseling; and School Counseling. CACREP accreditation is vital and assures students in the program that they are receiving a quality education in counseling. Additionally, CACREP accreditation is becoming important nationally as legislative decisions regarding third-party reimbursement for Tri-care has been linked to graduation from CACREP-accredited programs.
Dietetics Program Receives Site Visit from ACEND
The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Montana State University had an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) site visit on September 28-30th conducted by two reviewers from the national level. This type of visit only occurs every 10 years. The visit included discussions with faculty, administrators, current students, alumni, and the advisory board. Reviewers were very positive and commented on how well our campus supported the program. They had a few suggestions for program improvement which were addressed in a program response in November. The ACEND board meets in June of 2015 to discuss and make their final decision on accreditation.