Dietetic Technician Program

Program Requirements

Program Overview

Degree Requirements Back to Top

This is a limited entry program. The Dietetic Technician Program Coordinator will be responsible for the initial screening of applicants meeting minimum criteria and the final selection of students.

In order to enroll, the first time student:

  • Must complete the TMCC Admission form.
  • Take the Placements tests (in math and English) or submit ACT/SAT results.
  • For entry into the Dietetic Technician program, students must also:
    • Meet with the Dietetic Technician Program Coordinator
    • Complete all pre-requisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher in each course.
    • Transcript of grades earned in pre-requisite courses and verification of computer skills will be required before entry into the internships.
    • Proof of vaccinations, TB tests, background checks and fingerprinting will be required prior to entry into the internships.

Completing the Dietetic Technician Program

A student may complete the Dietetic Technician program by successfully completing one of the following three options:

  1. Track 1: Dietetic Technician Degree - Associate of Applied Science
    This track is for students who are seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Students take eight credits of science prerequisites: Biology 141 and 142. These credits may not transfer to a four-year institution within the NSHE system.
  2. Track 2: Dietetic Degree - Associate of Science
    This track is for students who are seeking an Associate of Science (AS) degree. Track 2 students take 16 credits of science prerequisites: Biology 190, Biology 223, Biology 224 and Biology 251. These courses may transfer to a four-year institution within the NSHE system.
  3. Track 3: Students with a Four-year Degree
    A student with a four-year didactic degree in nutrition from an institution accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) may qualify as a Track 3 student.
    The following conditions must be met with documentation provided to the Dietetic Technician Program Coordinator:
    • Official copies of all transcripts
    • The original Statement of Verification issued from an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accredited four-year institution. The Statement of Verification must be for a didactic program in dietetics.
    • A minimum of two letters of recommendation from faculty, advisors or preceptors of their four-year program
    • To complete the program and be eligible to take the exam for registration for a Dietetic Technician, Track 3 students must complete three of the three-credit courses comprised of 450 hours of supervised work experience at a satisfactory level.

To be considered for acceptance as a Track 3 student, please contact the Dietetic Technician program.

Transfer Degree - Dietetics Emphasis
This degree is for students seeking an Associate of Science degree in dietetics for transferring to a four-year institution.

Registration Advisement Back to Top

Students will need to meet with an Academic Advisor and the program coordinator of the Dietetic Technician Program before or during each registration period of each semester or at any time when decisions concerning registration are made.

Advisors and the program coordinator are here to help students plan their academic programs, become familiar with the regulations of the college and department, and to provide information and guidance regarding the program.

Credentialing Process Back to Top

Upon successful completion of all program requirements for each track, the student will meet with the Program Coordinator to receive a "Student Exit Packet", which includes the Verification Statement that is required to take the Registration Examination.

The student will submit to the Program Coordinator the completed Application for Registration examination for Dietetic Technician at this time. This examination is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (The DT Coordinator can provide additional information on this topic.)

Satisfactory completion of the examination provides for national registration as a Dietetic Technician or DTR (Dietetic Technician Registered).

Graduation Requirements Back to Top

Requirements for graduation include the following:

  1. Meet the course distribution requirements of the Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science Degrees at TMCC as defined in the TMCC Catalog.
  2. Meet all graduation requirements as specified in the TMCC catalog for the appropriate year.
  3. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  4. Meet prerequisite course requirements for the DT Program with a grade of C (2.0) or higher.
  5. Complete courses in the major occupational area (DT) with a grade of C (2.0) or higher in each course.
  6. Satisfy course requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree or Associate of Science Degrees in Dietetic Technology for a total of 61.5-78.5 credits.
  7. Each student seeking an Associate Degree is required to submit to the Admissions and Records Office a completed Application for Graduation.

Educational and Professional Requirements Back to Top

Dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs), are trained in food and nutrition and are an integral part of health care and food service management teams. DTRs have met the following criteria to earn the DTR credential:

  • Completed at least a two-year associate's degree at a US regionally accredited college or university.
  • Completed a dietetic technician program, such as the Dietetic Technician Program at TMCC. These programs are approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and include 450 hours of supervised practice experience in various community programs, health care, and food-service facilities.
  • Passed a national, written examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  • Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

College Course Work: The Associate degree course work for Dietetic Technicians includes a variety of classes in food and nutrition sciences, food service systems management, and a range of general science courses.

Insurance Requirements Back to Top

Medical Insurance: Before enrollment in the Supervised Practice Internships (NUTR 291, 292, 293), the student must show proof of medical insurance (this may be through a parent's or spouses' plan).

Travel Insurance: Students assume responsibility for accident liability to and from any off-campus activities such as field trips, professional meetings, or the Supervised Practice Internships.

Professional Liability Insurance: Professional liability insurance is not necessary while in the program.

Program Costs Back to Top

Listed below are items that may be potential costs incurred by DT Program students. Consult the current TMCC Catalog or Accounting Services for actual costs.

  • College Application Fee
  • Tuition Fees
    • Per credit
    • Laboratory fees
  • Out-of-State Tuition (if applicable)
  • Insurance costs
  • Graduation Application fee
  • Lab fees
  • Medical tests
  • Fingerprinting and security check

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