Dietetic Technology (DT)

Description

Dietetic technicians are trained in food preparation and nutrition and are an integral part of health care and food service management teams. They promote optimal health through proper nutrition by providing personalized services to meet clients’ nutritional needs, and are trained to supervise people who prepare and serve food.

Dietetic technicians work independently or in teams with registered dietitians in a variety of employment settings, including hospitals, nursing care centers, retirement centers, schools, food companies, and community health programs.

Program graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree that includes 472 hours of directed practice and practicums. Students are also required to complete an additional 31 hours of professional meetings, food shows, and wellness and program support activities.

Related Programs

Program Code

DT.AAS

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside, Plaza Suite 2000, Chicago IL 60606. Website www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND. Phone (312) 899-0040, extension 5400.

Credentialing: Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Exam for Dietetic Technicians' national exam to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered.

Benefits

Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Counsel clients and families on specific diets and design specialized meal plans
  • Document client care
  • Develop, implement, and review nutrition care plans
  • Develop recipes and design menus
  • Ensure quality and safety of food service
  • Monitor budget and inventory
  • Monitor food quality and meal acceptance
  • Participate in assessing client’s nutritional status
  • Supervise food production
  • Teach nutrition classes

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Dietetic Technician
  • Dietetic Technician, Registered (after successful completion of registration exam)

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$35,000 annually

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in employment of dietetic practitioners is expected to grow due to increased emphasis on disease prevention, a growing and aging population, and a public interest in nutrition.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • University of Cincinnati

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Bayley Place
  • Daniel Drake Center Center for Post Acute Care
  • Hillebrand Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Llanfair Retirement Community
  • Mercy Hospital—West
  • Miami Valley Schools
  • Milford Exempted Village
  • Mother Margaret Hall (Sisters of Charity)
  • Mount Pleasant Retirement Village
  • Otterbein Lebanon Retirement Community
  • Sycamore School District
  • Twin Towers

Curriculum

Dietetic Technology (DT)

 
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( G) 3 2 4
DT 110 Community Nutrition ( T) 2 2 3
DT 120 Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle ( B) 3 0 3
DT 190 Dietetic Professional Practices ( B) 1 0 1
HRM 105 Food Service Sanitation ( B) 1 0 1
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)   1 0 1
Semester 2      
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
DT 115 Cooking for a Healthy Lifestyle ( T) 1 3 2
DT 125 Nutrition Through the Lifecycle ( T) 3 0 3
DT 130 Nutrition Assessment ( T) 1 2 2
DT 180 Dietetic Directed Practice: Health Care 1 ( T) 0 5 1
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 3      
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)   3 0 3
MAT 1XX Mathematics Elective (G)   3 0 3
XXX XXX Social/Behavioral Science Elective (G)   3 0 3
Semester 4      
DT 205 Quantity Food Production ( T) 0 6 3
DT 211 Food Service Management 1 ( T) 2 0 2
DT 221 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 ( T) 2 2 3
DT 280 Dietetic Directed Practice: Food Service ( T) 0 6 1
DT 283 Dietetic Directed Practice: Health Care 2 ( T) 0 5 1
DT 285 Dietetic Directed Practice: Health Care 3 ( T) 0 5 1
HRM 110 Food and Beverage Cost Control ( B) 3 0 3
Semester 5      
CHE 110 Fundamentals of Chemistry ( B) 3 3 4
DT 212 Food Service Management 2 ( T) 2 0 2
DT 222 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 ( T) 2 2 3
DT 287 Dietetic Practicum: Food Service ( T) 1 7 2
DT 289 Dietetic Practicum: Clinical ( T) 1 7 2
DT 290 Dietetic Competencies ( T) 2 0 2
Total Credits:   49 59 66

Electives

First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 3
English Composition Elective  
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
Mathematics Elective  
MAT 111 Business Mathematics 3
MAT 131 Statistics 1 3
MAT 151 College Algebra 4
Social/Behavioral Science Elective  
Any PSY, SOC 3

Progression

Program Entrance Requirements:

  • Must have completed high school or college courses in biology and chemistry (within seven years of their Cincinnati State application date) with grades of C or better
  • Must score at an appropriate level on the College placement test to enter college level courses, or complete the recommended Academic Foundations courses

Contacts

Program Chair
Candice Jones, M.Ed., RD, LD, CDE
(513) 569-1479