Dietetic Technology Associate Degree
Area of Study: Dietetic Technology
Degree/Certificate: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dietetic Technology
If you are not already an active Tri-C student, you must first apply to the college. If you are interested in more than one health careers program, you must submit a separate health careers application for each program. You may only apply to three programs at one time.
The Dietetic Technology program (DTP) gives students hands-on experience in class and in practicum/supervised practice.
Practicum experiences include all major areas of dietetics practice:
- Medical nutrition therapy in hospitals and nursing homes
- Geriatric nutrition in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities
- Community nutrition at senior centers, fitness centers and OSU Extension
- Food service management operations and delivery
DTP students deliver nutrition education and training to student groups, employees at Tri-C as well as at practicum sites and in the community.
Students are encouraged to gain and maintain professional credentials through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They also attend meetings of the Greater Cleveland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
DTP is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):
800-877-1600, ext. 5400
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Mission Statement and Philosophy
The mission of the Dietetic Technology program is to educate individuals from diverse backgrounds who aspire to become dietetic technicians. Through didactic and practical experience, curriculum prepares students to become entry-level nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered (NDTRs). The program seeks to develop, cultivate and assist students in the development of knowledge, skills and ethical conduct.
Goal 1: The Dietetic Technology program will prepare students to practice as entry-level NDTRs.
- At least 80% of graduates will complete program requirements within three years (150% of program length).
- Of graduates who see employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- 70% of graduates will take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam for NDTRs within 12 months of program completion.
- At least 70% of graduates will pass the CDR credentialing exam within one year of their first attempt.
- Employer survey responses will show that at least 80% of graduates are prepared for entry-level practice.
- 70% of graduates surveyed will have completed continuing professional development to enhance their knowledge, skills and ethical conduct.[CB1]
Goal 2: Program graduates will demonstrate a commitment to improving the overall quality of life in a multicultural community by developing and providing nutrition education to its members.
- Employer survey responses will show that at least 80% of graduates satisfactorily provide nutrition education in their current positions.
- At least 50% of invited graduates will attend a biennial NDTR graduate meeting, including a nutrition-related service activity, within three years of graduation.
- At least 70% of graduates surveyed will report a commitment to developing and presenting nutrition education within three years of graduation.
- Program outcomes data available upon request.