Degree Requirements and Process
How do I become a nutrition and dietetic technician, registered (NDTR)?
NDTRs are nationally credentialed food and nutrition technical practitioners who have met the following criteria to earn and maintain their NDTR credential:
Graduates of Tri-C’s Dietetic Technology program receive an Associate of Applied Science degree that prepares them for certification as nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered (NDTRs).
Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the program includes 450 hours of supervised, hands-on experience in various community-based programs and/or health care and foodservice facilities. Coursework includes nutrition fundamentals, nutrition across the lifespan, applied food science and techniques of food preparation, foodservice systems management, sciences, food safety, communication and more.
After completing AAS degree requirements and dietetics coursework, graduates must successfully complete the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians — a national credentialing examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
Requirements to maintain NDTRs must complete 50 hours of continuing education every five years in order to maintain their credential.