Frequently Asked Questions
What is a dietetic technician?
Nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered (NDTRs) are trained in food and nutrition and are an integral part of any health care or food service management team.
NDTRs have met the following criteria:
- Completed a dietetic technician program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) that includes 450 hours of supervised practice experience in various community programs, health care and food service facilities.
- Completed at least a two-year associate degree at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
Associate degree coursework for nutrition and dietetics technicians includes a variety of courses in food and nutrition sciences, food service systems management and a range of general science courses.
Is there a credential for nutrition and dietetic technicians?
After completing the Associate of Applied Science degree in Dietetic Technology coursework, successful completion of the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians, a national credentialing examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is required. For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR's website at www.cdrnet.org.
In order to maintain the credential, NDTRs must complete continuing professional educational requirements. This includes 50 hours of continuing education every five years.
NDTRs work independently as team members under the supervision of registered dietitians in a variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, community/public health, food service and research. Many work environments require that an individual be credentialed. NDTRs work in:
- Hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, retirement centers, hospices, home health care programs and research facilities conducting patient/client screens, gathering data and performing other tasks to assist the registered dietitian in providing medical nutrition therapy.
- Schools, day care centers, correctional facilities, restaurants, health care facilities, corporations and hospitals, managing employees, purchasing and preparing food and maintaining budgets within food service operations.
- Women, Infants, Children (WIC) programs, public health agencies, Meals on Wheels and other community health programs, assisting registered dietitians with the implementation of programs and presentation of 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 and overseeing foodservice sanitation and food safety
What is the average starting salary for an NDTR?
This salary calculation worksheet for U.S. NDTRs is based on a statistical model developed with data from the Compensation & Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession 2017, conducted and analyzed for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by Readex Research. The NDTR model was estimated from the responses of 753 NDTRs with an hourly wage in the range of $10 to $49 (roughly $21,000 to $102,000 annualized).
How successful have Tri-C Dietetic Technology graduates been in finding jobs in the field of dietetics?
Most graduates who seek employment in the field of dietetics have been offered a job. Job opportunities typically occur in hospitals, long-term care facilities and community nutrition programs.
How long is the program?
The Dietetic Technology program is five semesters in length and includes didactic courses and supervised practice or practicum experience. Students may enroll in the program on a full- or part-time basis.
I already have credits; can I complete the program in less than two years?
Due to the program sequence, it takes at least two years to complete the Dietetic Technology program.
Diet courses, in general, are available during the daytime hours; however, some are offered via distance learning. Students may enroll in the program on a part-time basis; however, it will take the students longer than two years to complete the program. Many students work part time while enrolled in the program. Students are cautioned regarding the number of hours they work. The intensity and pace of the program is such that employment may be negatively impacted.
Do Dietetic Technology courses at Tri-C transfer to four-year institutions?
If a bachelor’s degree is your educational goal, we have many partnerships with four-year colleges and universities that allow our students to continue their education from an associate to a bachelor's degree with significant cost savings. Contact the Transfer Center for more information.
Is financial aid available?
Students can meet with a financial aid advisor to obtain information about various financial aid options, which include grants, scholarships, student loans and public benefits. Learn more about various financial resources available at Cuyahoga Community College.
In addition, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers scholarships for student members.
How do I apply, and what do I need for acceptance into the Dietetic Technology program?
- Apply to Tri-C
- Apply to Health Careers
- Admission Requirements
- Upon acceptance to the program and prior to beginning supervised practice or practicum, students will be required to submit evidence of good health and required immunizations.
- A letter of acceptance will be sent upon completion of admission requirements.
Estimated cost of the Associate of Applied Science in Dietetic Technology
In-county: $114.54 per credit hour
For certain courses, institutional and supplemental fees are applied automatically at the time of registration.
|Books and Supplies
Significant savings are possible through use of e-books and rentals when available.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) student membership allows purchase of AND-published resources at member cost.
|Uniform (shoes, program polo, lab coat)||$ 110.00|
|Liability Insurance & Background check||$ 150.00|
|National registration Examination ($120.00)||$ 120.00|
|Total Estimated Cost||$10,192.10|