Dietetic Technician

  • Credits: 67
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: Online

Program Overview

The Dietetic Technician Program is a 67 credit, fully online program that trains students to work either independently or with Registered Dietitians in the areas of food, nutrition, and dietetics. Students are required to locate supervised practice sites within their geographical area to host their supervised practice hours (DIET 2035 Community Practicum, DIET 2040 Clinical Practicum, and DIET 2045 Management Practicum). Workers in this field promote optimum health through nutrition and are a central part of the healthcare and foodservice management teams. Dietetic Technicians work in a wide range of settings, including health care and public health, foodservice, community, and research. Graduates of this fully online program are eligible to take the Registration Examination from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Upon passing the exam, graduates become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR). For more information on becoming a DTR, please visit The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For more information regarding online learning, please visit become an online student.

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The Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) is employed in a variety of settings, including:


  • Hospitals
  • Long-Term-Care
  • Clinics
  • Hospice
  • Assisted Living

Public Health

  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Meals-on-Wheels
  • Community Nutrition


  • Food companies
  • Research
  • Food Sanitation and Safety
  • Agriculture

Foodservice Management

  • Schools
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Day-care Centers
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Corporations


  • Health Clubs
  • Weight Management Clinics
  • Community Wellness Centers

The 2015 Compensation & Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession revealed a median annual income of All DTRs in the United States who have been working in the field for four years or less was $36,300. Due to increasing emphasis on nutrition and disease prevention, growth of the dietetics field is expected to increase 18% by the year 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For more information on becoming a DTR, go to

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Dietetic Technician in the state of Minnesota is $15.48 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 23.2%, a very high-growth career.

Program Course Listings

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Course # Course Name Credit(s)
DIET 1005 Life Cycle Nutrition 3
DIET 2000 Community Nutrition 3
DIET 2005 Food Prod & Science 4
DIET 2010 Sanitation & Safety 2
DIET 2015 Selection & Procurement 4
DIET 2020 Nutritional Care 3
DIET 2025 Medical Nutrition 4
DIET 2030 Food Service Management 4
DIET 2035 Community Practicum 2
DIET 2040 Clinical Practicum 4
DIET 2045 Management Practicum 4
HLTH 1126 Therapeutic Communication 2
MKTG 2120 Supervisory Leadership 3
BIOL 2131 Nutrition 3
BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Phys I 3
BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Phys II 3
CHEM 1020 Intro to Chemistry 4
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3
PSYC 1105 Intro to Psychology 3
SOCI 1101 Intro to Sociology 3