Dietetic Technician Program

Dietetic Technician Program

About the Program

The Dietetic Technician Program is part of the Sciences Division at TMCC.

The TMCC Dietetic Technician Program meets all the minimum requirements for the Associate in Applied Science degree and combines a strong academic background with supervised practice experience.

This experience consists of 450 hours of supervised work in a variety of health care, community and food service institutions.

What We Offer

TMCC offers three track options. TMCC also offers a training option for students with a four-year degree in clinical dietetics, and a transfer degree.

Upon successful completion of the TMCC Dietetic Technician program, students are eligible to sit for the Commission of Dietetics Registration (CDR) national exam for DTR. This examination is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Satisfactory completion of the examination provides for National Registration as a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR).


The mission of the TMCC Dietetic Technician Program is to:

  • Provide an accessible quality educational experience in the dietetic technician areas of food and nutrition services.
  • Serve the needs of students, employers, and the community at large.
  • Anticipate and respond to the educational needs of individuals to achieve their goals in the dietetic field by providing:
    • a program and degree in a technical field
    • customized job training
    • a transfer degree
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Career Opportunities

Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR) work independently or in teams with Registered Dietitians (RD) in a variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, public health, food service, and research.

Many work environments require that an individual be credentialed as a DTR or RD to work in nutritional health care. DTRs work in:

  • Hospitals, HMOs, clinics, nursing homes, retirement centers, hospices, home health care programs, and research facilities, helping to treat and prevent disease and administering medical nutrition therapy as an important part of health care teams.
  • Schools, day-care centers, correctional facilities, restaurants, health care facilities, corporations and hospitals, managing employees, purchasing, and food preparation, and preparing budgets within food service operations.
  • WIC programs, public health agencies, Meals on Wheels, and community health programs, developing and teaching nutrition classes for the public.
  • Health clubs, weight management clinics, and community wellness centers, helping to educate clients about the connection between food, fitness, and health.
  • Food companies, contract food management companies, or food vending and distributing operations, developing menus, overseeing food service sanitation and food safety, and preparing food labeling information and nutrient analysis.

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Dietetic Technician Program

Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Boulevard, RDMT 321K
Reno, Nevada 89512-3999

Telephone: 775-673-7138 or Fax: 775-674-7983

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