Dietetic Technology

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]


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


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, 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


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 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).



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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