A graduate of the Dietetic Technology Program or Dietetic Technician is a food and nutrition practitioner, often working in conjunction with a Registered Dietitian. Dietetic Technicians work in a variety of employment settings including health care (assisting Registered Dietitians in providing medical nutrition therapy), in hospitals, HMO's, clinics, or other health care facilities. Dietetic Technicians may also work in community and public health settings such as schools or day care centers, correctional facilities, weight management clinics, and WIC programs . A growing number work in the food and nutrition industry, as contract employees for food management companies or food vending and distribution, developing menus and overseeing foodservice sanitation and food safety or providing nutrition labeling information and analysis. This program is accredited by:

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
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DTP Goals and graduate outcomes, as well as information regarding cost to student, such as estimated expenses for travel, books, liability insurance, medical exams, uniforms and other DTP specific costs, in addition to tuition can be found by clicking the learn more link below. 

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This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

Learn more about how certificate credits apply to the related degree.

Program Admission Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center after meeting the following requirements:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test. 
  • MATH-0965 Intermediate Algebra or appropriate score on Math Placement Test.
  • Seven year limit on Math and Science courses. Three year limit on Dietetic Technology courses.
  • Sufficient score on Biology placement test or grade of "C" or higher in BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry.
  • GPA required: 2.0 admission requirements, 2.0 overall

Other Information

  • 20 students accepted per year.
  • Dietetic Technology students are required to complete 30 hours of volunteer time in order to graduate from the program. 15 hours must be completed prior to program admission. Please contact Program Manager for instructions. Volunteer hours are defined as time spent in a nutrition related activity outside of classroom or supervised practice/practicum hours. The student is required to submit a Volunteer Hour Verification form for each volunteer activity and a summary of Volunteer Hours upon completion of the 30 hours. The 30 hours must be completed at a minimum of 6 different sites.
  • Student must pass criminal background check BCI prior to admission into DTP as specified.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Practice professionalism.  Adhere to current federal regulations and state statues and rules, as applicable, and in accordance with the accreditation standards and the Scope of Dietetics Practice, Standards of Professional practice and the code of Ethics for the practice of dietetics.
  2. Use the Nutrition Care Process for nutrition screening for referral to the registered dietitian nutritionist, collection of assessment data, nutrition interventions and monitoring strategies appropriate for the technician level of practice.  (Principles of Medical Nutrition Therapy and NCP including principles and methods of nutrition screening for referral to the registered dietitian nutritionist, collection of assessment data, nutrition interventions and monitoring strategies appropriate for the technician level of practice.)
  3. Acquire, evaluate and use information from varied sources in order to meet information needs for a specific research purpose.
  4. Demonstrate sensitivity to the unique beliefs, view, values and practices of cultures within and beyond the U.S.
  5. Analyze problems through the application of mathematical and numerical concepts and skills, including the interpretation of data, tables, charts or graphs.
  6. Connect the results of one’s own actions and inactions with the likely effects on the larger local and/or global communities.
  7. Demonstrate effective written, verbal, or nonverbal communication for an intended audience that is clear, concise, and organized following the standard conventions of that language. (oral and written)
  8. Apply supervisory concepts to food production including procurement, distribution/service, menu development, and quality assurance procedures.
  9. Apply evidence based research and management principles to human resource functions, facility management, organizational change, planning and goal setting, development and measurement of outcomes and quality improvement.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Summer StartCredit Hours
BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours7
First Semester
BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
DIET-1200 Basic Nutrition 3
DIET-1310 Introduction to Dietetics 2
DIET-1320 Nutrition Applications 1
HOSP-1020 Sanitation and Safety 2
MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics (or higher) 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
DIET-1331 Food Production Fundamentals 4
DIET-1580 Cost Control Procedures 1
DIET-1590 Purchasing Procedures 1
DIET-1600 Introduction to Supervision 3
DIET-1850 Food and Nutrition Systems Practicum 4
 Credit Hours13
Third Semester
DIET-2301 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
DIET-2410 Life Cycle Nutrition - Pregnancy and Lactation 1
DIET-2420 Life Cycle Nutrition - Nutrition for Children 1
DIET-2430 Life Cycle Nutrition - Nutrition through Adulthood 1
DIET-2863 Community Nutrition Practicum 2
MA-1020 Medical Terminology I 3
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication  
Honors Fundamentals of Speech Communication  
 Credit Hours17
Fourth Semester
DIET-2311 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3 3
DIET-2320 Medical Nutrition Therapy III 3 2
DIET-2501 Nutrition Application in Long Term Care 2 2
DIET-2850 Medical Nutrition Care Practicum 2 2
DIET-2862 Geriatric Nutrition Practicum 1 2
DIET-2990 Dietetic Technology Professional Development Skills 2
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours65