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Dietetic Technology

dietetic technician students

Dietetic Technology

AAS degree

Career Description

Dietetic Technicians work in many interesting places, such as hospitals, long-term care/assisted living facilities, health clubs, community programs, food companies, research labs and restaurants. They assist dietitians/nutritionists and other health professionals in a variety of ways, such as teaching and counseling people about proper nutrition, planning menus, preparing budgets, purchasing foods and supplies and maintaining food safety and sanitation.

Degree earned:

Associate in Applied Science

Program Information: Graduates are prepared to take the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians of the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Certified Dietary Managers examination.

Program graduates will successfully be able to:

  1. Demonstrate scientific and evidence base of practice with a general understanding of scientific information and research related to the dietetic technician level of practice.
  2. Implement professional practice expectations: beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors for the dietetic technician level of practice.
  3. Perform clinical and customer services: development and delivery of information, products and services to individuals, groups and populations at the dietetic technician level of practice.
  4. Practice management and use of resources defined as application of principles of management and systems in the provision of clinical and customer services to individuals and organizations at the dietetic technician level of practice.
  5. Apply concepts of chemistry, physiology, microbiology related to food safety, mathematics, fundamentals of nutrition and nutrition across the life span at the dietetic technician level of practice.

Program Goals:
  • To provide an affordable entry-level dietetic education to all students enrolled in program to maximize student success.
  • To provide a general education and technical experience to adequately prepare students to become Dietetic Technicians Registered, for entry-level employment in the area of food, and nutrition, while fostering attitudes and behaviors consistent with ethical and professional practice.
  • To provide a foundation for student transfers to a four-year dietetics, food and nutrition and/or food service management program as a means of establishing an education ladder for all graduates of the dietetic program.


This program is accredited by:
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND),
formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE)
120 South Riverside Plaza Suite 200
Chicago, Ill 60606-6995
Phone: 1-800-877-1600

Program Director:
Marsha V. Patrick, MS, RD, FAND