Frequently Asked Questions
- What exactly is a Dietetic Technician?
- Is there a credential for Dietetic Technicians?
- What is the average starting salary for a Dietetic Technician?
- How successful have Tri-C Dietetic Technology Graduates been in finding jobs in the field of dietetics?
- How long is the program?
- I already have credits; can I complete the program in less than 2 years?
- Is the program offered in the evenings or weekends? Can I work while enrolled in the program?
- Do the Dietetic Technology courses at Tri-C transfer to a four-year institution?
- Is there financial aid available?
- Are there other career opportunities related to Dietetic Technology?
- How do I apply and what do I need to be accepted into the Dietetic Technology Program?
A dietetic technician, registered, works independently or in teams with the Registered Dietitian in a variety of settings, including health care, business and industry, community/public health, food service and research. Many work environments require that an individual be credentialed as a DTR.
Yes. The Dietetic Technology Program at Cuyahoga Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
When an individual has: Successfully completed the Dietetic Technology Program, with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dietetic Technology from Cuyahoga Community College and Completed a minimum of 450 supervised practice hours through a Dietetic Technician Program as accredited by the ACEND; Successfully completed the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians; the initials “DTR”, Dietetic Technician, Registered, are awarded.
DTR’s are required to complete 50 hours of approved continuing professional education every five years with the development of a Professional Development Portfolio through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
This salary calculation worksheet for U.S. dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs) is based on a statistical model developed with data from the Compensation and Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession 2013, conducted and analyzed for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by Readex Research. The DTR model was estimated from responses of 571 full-time DTRs with an hourly wage in the range of $11.00 to $43.00 (roughly $23,000 to $89,000 annualized).
Most graduates who have wanted to be employed in the field of dietetics have been offered a job. Many begin work within three months of graduation. Job opportunities typically occur in hospitals, food service, long term care facilities and community nutrition programs.
The DTP is a 2 year program that includes didactic and supervised practice/practicum experience. Students may enroll in the program on a part time or full time basis.
Due to the sequencing of courses, it takes 2 years to complete the Dietetic Technology courses and associated supervised practice/practicum experiences.
Diet courses are mostly available during the daytime hours; however, many 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 have part time employment while enrolled in the program. Students are cautioned regarding the number of hours they work. The intensity and continuity of the program is such that employment may detract from course responsibilities.
Each institution varies in specific course transfer. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics publishes a list of accredited dietetics programs by State, which offers potential four year institutions.
Yes. Cuyahoga Community College maintains a Student Financial Assistance Office on each campus (East, West, Westshore and Metro). This office is dedicated to helping students in finding a way to pay for college and is located where students can apply for financial aid including grants and loans and Veteran’s Programs.
Contact: Student Finanical Assistanct at 1-800-954-8742 or
ACEND offers scholarships for Dietetic Technology students. Here is the criteria.
Must be in first year of study in an ACEND-accredited dietetic technician program. If selected, the student may use the scholarship for study during the second year. Show evidence of leadership and academic ability. US citizen or permanent resident. Academy member.
Contact: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation
800/877-1600, ext. 4773
A student may pursue any of the following related career options: Registered Dietitian, Food Service Manager or Director, Hospitality Management, Certified Dietary Manager/Certified Food Protection Professional, and Food Technologist.
- Submission of a completed Tri-C Application. (Do this prior to submission of transcripts)
- Submission of a completed Health Careers Application.
- Submission of official high school transcript of GED certificate (Request your high school or GED office to send the transcript directly to the Office of the Registrar).
- Submission of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Requests should be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar. Once received, the Office of the Registrar will need 8 weeks to evaluate transcripts. Your application to a Health Career program will not be complete until an evaluation of your transfer courses for Prerequisites equivalencies is complete.
- Completion of Prerequisites with at least a 2.0 GPA. Prerequisites may be repeated once to improve a grade. Science and Math courses may be no more than 7 years old at time of application to the program. Once accepted into the program, a minimum of 2.0 GPA must be maintained.
- Prerequisites and GPA vary by program. For the Dietetic Technology Program, the Core GPA requirement is 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Prerequisites for the Dietetic Technology Program are:
- Eligibility for ENG 1010- English Composition I
- Eligibility for MATH 1240 or higher
- Eligibility for BIO-2331 - Anatomy and Physiology I
- Required Criminal Background Check (BCI): included fingerprinting and a court search. Students returning to a Health Career Program after a 1 year absence will need to complete another BCI.
- Upon acceptance to the program and prior to clinical practice, the student will be required to submit evidence of good health and immunization.
- Once all the admission requirements have been verified a letter of acceptance with a projected starting date will be mailed to the applicant.
- Estimated Cost of the AAS in Dietetic Technology:
|Tuition (In Ohio: $131.77 -out of County) (Out of State- $248.92) In addition,Institutional and Supplemental fees(for certain courses) will be applied each semester automatically at the time of registration. Please see www.tri-c.edu/paying-for-college;tuition-and-fees/index.html||65 credits times $104.54 (in County Tuition)||$6,795.10|
|Books and Supplies Significant savings with use of e-books and book rentals when available. Also, ADA membership will allow purchase of ADA published books at member cost.||$2,200.00|
|Uniform (Shoes, Program Polo shirt,Lab Coat)||$ 110.00|
|Liability Insurance & Background check||$ 150.00|
|National registration Examination ($120.00)||$ 120.00|
|Total Estimated Cost||$9,897.80|