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. This program has a supervised practice component totaling 480 practicum hours. 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). See the Dietetic Technician Program Student Policy Manual for more details on the supervised practice component of this online program.
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) www.cdrnet.org. Upon passing the exam, graduates become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR). For more information on becoming a Dietetic Technician Registered, please visit The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For more information regarding online learning, please visit become an online student.
Dietetic Technician Program Student Policy Manual (Updated: 5-07-2019)
The Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) is employed in a variety of settings, including:
The 2015 Compensation & Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession revealed a median annual income of All Dietetic Technician Registered 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.
According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Dietetic Technician in the state of Minnesota is $17.73 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 16.3% in Minnesota and 9.3% nationwide, a very high-growth career.
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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 2252||Anatomy & Phys I||3|
|BIOL 2254||Anatomy & Phys II||3|
|CHEM 1020||Intro to Chemistry||4|
|ENGL 1111||Composition I||3|
|PSYC 1105||Intro to Psychology||3|
|SOCI 1101||Intro to Sociology||3|
|G4: Math/Logical Elective ( *See Elective Options Listed Below )||3|
Program Elective Course Options
For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|G4: Math/Logical Reasoning Electives|
|MATH 1102||Contemporary Math||3|
|MATH 1110||College Algebra||3|
|MATH 1131||Applied Calculus||3|
|MATH 2231||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 2232||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 2233||Calculus III||4|
1. Complete the admissions application to NCTC.
2. Complete all required developmental courses with a C grade or better before applying to the Dietetic Technician program.
3. Complete the TEAs for Allied Health with a minimum score of 50.
4. A cohort of 30 students will be admitted annually to the program. Students scoring the highest in the admission's rubric will be selected.
5. Completion of the Dietetic Technician program eligibility survey. The application window will be open October 1 -- 15.
6. Obtain student membership to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which costs $50.
7. Completion of the College Health Screening & Immunization information requirements through Castle Branch (cost $35) prior to enrollment in DIET2035, DIET2040, and/or DIET2045.
8. Completion and approval for clinical participation of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Licensing Division Background Study and fingerprinting (cost approximately $10) prior to enrollment in DIET2035, DIET2040, and/or DIET2045.
9. Completion and approval for clinical participation of a National Background Study through Castle Branch. Cost $45.75 first year, $26 second year (if needed).
10. Complete all required courses for the Dietetic Technician program with a grade of C or better.
1. Health and Human Services students must comply with both Minnesota law and clinical facility requirements related to immunizations and background screenings.
2. Students who do not comply with the required health and immunization requirements may not be permitted to attend clinical which WILL affect program progression and completion.
Program Completion and Graduation Requirements
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dietetic Technology is awarded to students with the below:
1. The student must achieve a letter grade of C or above in each course comprising the Dietetic Technician Program.
2. The student must fulfill all program course requirements.
3. The student must complete all supervised practice assignments/hours as scheduled.
4. All degree competencies must be met.
5. Program completion must be within 150% of program length. If a student requests a leave of absence for non-academic reasons and the leave is approved, it will be for a total of one year. The student must resume attendance at the beginning of the semester in which the leave was granted and demonstrate continuous enrollment thereafter for completion. Student may be required to be re-evaluated prior to re-entry and re-entry may be dependent on available space; not to exceed class capacity. Approval for re-entry in the program following a leave of absence will not be granted if the student was not in good academic standing prior to leave request.
6. The student must complete all requirements for graduation to sit for the Dietetic Technician Registered exam certification at time of program completion.
Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Northland's Dietetic Technician AAS program is currently granted candidacy for accreditation by:
The Accreditation for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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