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Dietetic Technology (AAS)

Why Choose Dietetic Technology?

As a dietetic technician you will be an active member of a dynamic health care team. You will support a Registered Dietitian in promoting the nutritional health of diverse populations.

Skills Acquired

View our videos of the Dietetic Technology program at Normandale which explain the many facets of Dietetic Technology and Nutrition.

Program Overview video of the Dietetic Technology Program at Normandale

Video 1: Program Overview video [1:42]

Video 2: Dietetic Technician, Registered, at the Farmer's Market [15:24]

Video 3: Dietetic Technician Working in Community Nutrition [13:42]

Video 4: DTR, Clinical Dietetic Technician [12:39]

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Dietetic Technology programs include topics such as:

  • Conducting diet histories
  • Analyzing recipes
  • Screening patients for nutritional status
  • Performing diet calculations
  • Supervising support staff
  • Modifying and adjusting recipes
  • Handling food purchasing and inventory records
  • Providing nutrition education and counseling to patients
  • Teaching food or nutrition principles
  • Creating daily food plans
  • Monitoring food quality and patient acceptance
  • Using computer systems to calculate payroll, record laboratory data or vendor orders

Accreditation

The Dietetic Technology Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education, Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Graduates are eligible to take the Dietetic Technology Registration exam.  After successful completion of the DTR exam, graduates receive an internationally recognized credential and may practice in any state.

Careers in Dietetic Technology

Projected Job Growth

According to ISeek.org, job growth in the state of Minnesota for dietetic technicians is projected to be 11 percent through 2020.

However in Minnesota, there are 270 workers employed in this very small career.

Nationally, job growth for dietetic technicians is 16.1%.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth of 21% from 2012 to 2022 for dietitians.

Types of Jobs

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Individuals who study in Dietetic Technology typically pursue careers such as:

  • Clinical Dietetic Technician
  • Diet Technician Registered (DTR)
  • Dietary Manager
  • Public Health Nutritionist
  • Director of Food Services
  • Food Service Supervisor
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutritionist
  • School Nutrition Specialist
  • Nutrition and Health Educator

Average State Pay

The median pay in the state of Minnesota for someone in the field of Dietitic Technology (according to ISeek.org) is $17.19 per hour or $35,755 annually.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, dietitians and nutritionists earned an annual median salary of $55,240 nationally ($26.56).

Description

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Dietetic Technicians work under the supervision of registered dietitians. Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians are the experts in food and nutrition.  Their role is to provide accurate nutrition education to individuals and groups about the prevention and management of nutrition related diseases.

Degrees & Certificates in Dietetic Technology

  • After successfully completing the graduation requirements for the AAS degree, the student will receive a Verification Statement and is eligible to write the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians given by the Commission on Dietetic Registrations (CDR). Successful completion of this exam earns the examinee the Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) credential.
  • Students who complete the AAS in Dietetic Technology may move seamlessly to University of Wisconsin-Stout to complete the baccalaureate level registered dietitian program.

Program Costs

  • Tuition: Consult the current class schedule by clicking here.
  • Books: $500 to $600 per semester
  • Lab Coat, Misc.: Approximately $100.00
  • Student memberships: AND $50.00 (recommended)
  • Attendance at meetings: $50 - $100

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Dietetic Technology Program Accreditation
The Dietetic Technology Program has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 Ext. 5400.

Mission Statement
The Dietetic Technology Program at Normandale Community College provides classroom and experiential learning to prepare graduates to become competent dietetic practitioners in variety of health care settings. The department is committed to promoting lifelong learning and community service.

The dietetic technician is a trained food and nutrition professional who plays a key role in providing quality, cost-effective nutrition care and food service management. Graduates are prepared to work in partnership with a registered dietitian in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools, community health programs, food companies and wellness centers.

The curriculum is based on the ACEND 2012 Accreditation Standards. The specialized curriculum consists of ten courses totaling 33 credits, plus completion of a Food Handler's Certificate course. The fast track program allows students to complete the specialized courses in one year as a full-time student.

After successfully completing the graduation requirements for the AAS degree, the student will receive a Verification Statement and is eligible to write the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians given by Commission on Dietetic Registrations (CDR). Successful completion of this exam earns the examinee the Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) credential.

Articulation
Students who complete the AAS degree in Dietetic Technology may move seamlessly to Minnesota State University, Mankato or University of Wisconsin-Stout to complete the baccalaureate-level registered dietitian program.

Program Costs

  • Tuition: Consult the current class schedule
  • Books: $500 to $600 per semester
  • Lab Coat, Misc.: Approximately $100.00
  • Student memberships: AND $50.00
  • Attendance at meetings: $50 - $100

Application Process

  • Applicants new to Normandale should complete the Normandale Community College general application form, indicate “Dietetic Technology” as your preference and include the $20 application fee. For more information, visit the department website: www.normandale.edu/diettech
  • Submit the completed Normandale Health Sciences Dietetic Technology application to Betty Blazer, Health Science Enrollment Manager (952-358-8417). Completed applications will be accepted October 1 through June 15 for the next year’s class.

Information Sessions
Health Science Information Sessions are offered every other week. For additional information, contact the Admissions Office at 952-358-8210 or visit our website at www.normandale.edu/visit/.

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General Education Requirements: 33 - 37 credits

Code Title Credits
BIOL 1102 Human Biology 4
CHEM 1020 Introductory Chemistry 4
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOC 1104 Introduction to Sociology 3
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
BUSN 2100 Human Relations and Effective Teams 3
or BUSN 2200 Human Resource Management 3
HLTH 1107 Principles of Nutrition 3
ENGC 1102 Technical Writing 3

Complete at least 3 cr from MnTC Goal 6 (3)

Note: Application to the Dietetic Technology program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. Students must earn a, C or better in all DIET classes to remain in the program.

Specialized Career Program Requirements

The Dietetic Technology Program offers the Specialized Career Program Requirements as a one-year curriculum. Students who have no more than six general education credits remaining may apply to the program. For further questions please contact Betty Blazer at 952-358-8417.

Fall Semester - 16 credits

 

Code Title Credits
DIET 1110 Life Cycle Nutrition 3
DIET 1154 Nutrition Education and Counseling 3
DIET 1259 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 4
DIET 1269 Food Systems Management 3
DIET 1271 Clinical Experience 1 - Food Service Management 3

Food Handling Course: 8-hour certificate course.

Spring Semester - 14 credits

Code Title Credits
DIET 2145 Experimental Foods 3
DIET 2259 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 5
DIET 2261 Clinical Experience 2 - Medical Nutrition Therapy 4
DIET 2270 Community Nutrition: Political and Cultural Concerns 2

Summer Semester - 3 credits

Code Title Credits
DIET 2272 Clinical Experience 3 - Community Nutrition 3