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The Commission on Dietetic Registration: Ahead of the Trends for a Competent 21st Century Workforce

Published:November 22, 2016DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2016.09.019
      The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
      Until January 2012, the Academy was known was the American Dietetic Association; throughout this document, it will be called the Academy.
      Until January 2012, the Academy was known was the American Dietetic Association; throughout this document, it will be called the Academy.
      has always promoted the quality of education, experience, and lifelong learning as a requisite for membership and later translated to the dietetics credentialing. As early as 1919, just 2 years after the organization began, the leadership was discussing concerns about education and practice performance. To quote Lenna Frances Cooper, first vice president, “There is a need to distinguish between dietitians with a college degree and special training in some scientific work with the ones of lesser training. This would provide an incentive for better preparation and performance” (R. Yakel, RD, unpublished data, 1987). Numerous citations from the early years until today show that the development of the current credentialing program administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) continues the high standards of the Academy’s founders.
      • Cassell J.A.
      Carry the Flame.
      The Academy continues today to be known as a leader among professional organizations in the development and continued strengthening of its credentialing programs.
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