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.
Program Mission and Goals
Mission: The program will provide legendary educational experiences in preparing students for entry into positions involving food, nutrition, foodservice management and dietetics. We promise to:
- Be student/customer-centered
- Support success based academic standards
- Provide world-class clinical and experiential learning
- Provide comprehensive academic offerings
Goal 1: Prepare graduates who are competent for entry-level dietetic technician positions involving food, nutrition, and foodservice management.
- 70% of program graduates will pass the NDTR credentialing exam on the first attempt.
- 70% of program graduates will pass the NDTR credentialing exam within one year of first attempt.
- Within 12 months of graduation from the program, 65% of graduates will obtain nutrition related work.
- 80% of students will complete the degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the two-year program length).
- Completion rates will be 70% or greater for the degree program.
- 80% of employers of program graduates will rate graduates performance at 4 or better on a 5-item scale.
- 80% of program graduates will rate their faculty and academic advising as "satisfied" or "very satisfied."
- 80% of program graduates will rate their satisfaction with clinical or directed practice experience as "satisfied" or "very satisfied."
More information about the program, such as the process to become a Registered Dietetic Technician (DTR), costs, and completion requirements, is provided in the Student Handbook, which can be downloaded from the Curriculum tab.
Credentialing: Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Exam for Dietetic Technicians' national exam to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered.
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
Strong Transfer History
- University of Cincinnati
Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites
- Bayley Place
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
- Cincinnati Public Schools
- 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
- Shriners Burn Institute
- St. Elizabeth's Weight Management Center
- Sycamore School District
- Twin Towers
Co-op Salary Projections
Effective 2020-2021 academic year
Dietetic Technology (DT)
|BIO 151||Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( G)||3||2||4|
|DT 110||Community Nutrition ( T)||2||2||3|
|CUL 115||Food Service Sanitation ( B)||1||0||1|
|DT 120||Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle ( B)||3||0||3|
|DT 190||Dietetic Professional Practices ( B)||1||0||1|
|FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)||1||0||1|
|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|
|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|
|DT 205||Cultural 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|
|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|
|First Year Experience Elective|
|FYE 100||College Success Strategies: Overview||1|
|FYE 105||College Success Strategies: Overview and Application||2|
|FYE 110||College Success Strategies: Practice and Application||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|
|MAT 105||Quantitative Reasoning||3|
|MAT 111||Business Mathematics||3|
|MAT 131||Statistics 1||3|
|MAT 151||College Algebra||4|
|Social/Behavioral Science Elective|
|Any PSY, SOC||3|
The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum
Candice Jones, M.Ed., RD, LD, CDE