Dietetic Technology Program

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.

Normandale's 33 credit program for an Associate of Applied Science degree qualifies you to write the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Successful completion of this exam allows you to use the credential, Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR).  For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Degree Program page for the fact sheet.


Curriculum | Goals & Objectives | Mission

The Normandale Community College Dietetic Technology Program provides classroom and workforce learning to prepare graduates to become skilled dietetic practitioners in a variety of health care settings. The department is committed to providing lifelong learning and community service.

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Curriculum

The curriculum is based on the ACEND 2017  Accreditation Standards.

The specialized curriculum consists of ten courses totaling 33 credits, plus completion of a Serv-Safe Sanitation Certificate course. The Fast-Track program allows students to complete the specialized courses in one year as a full-time student. The program director can individualize plans for students with special concerns.

After successfully completing the graduation requirements for the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, you will receive a Verification Statement and be eligible to write the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians given by the Commission on Dietetic Registrations (CDR).

Successful completion of this exam allows you to use the credential, Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR). This program will transfer to a four-year Bachelor of Science degree program in Dietetics at certain universities.

Students will complete 450 hours of supervised practice experience. 

In order to participate, students must have the following completed to start the supervised practice experience:

  • Background check
  • HIPAA training
  • Proof of immunizations
  • CPR training
  • Also, your facility may require a drug screening.

Outcomes data available upon request.

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Goals of the Normandale Community College Dietetic Technology program

Goal :  The program will prepare graduates who are qualified to succeed as entry level DTR’s or to continue their education in a Baccalaureate program in dietetics or related field.

Objectives:

  • Over a 7-year period, 70% of graduates will pass the DTR exam on their first attempt
  • Over a 7-year period, 50% of graduates actively seeking employment will be employed in a dietetics related profession within one year of graduation
  • Over a 7-year period, 90% of students admitted to the program who complete DIET 1271 will complete the DTP requirements within 150% of program length or 3 years.


Goal :  The program will promote professionalism and life- long learning.

Objectives: 

  • Over a 7-year period, 90% of the students will attend required professional annual  meeting
  • Over a 7-year period, employers will rate graduates as a 3 or 4 when completing the Employer Satisfaction Survey
  • Over a 7-year period, 10% of graduates will become active in the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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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.

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Program Goals

Goal :  The program will prepare graduates who are qualified to succeed as entry level DTR's or to continue their education in a Baccalaureate program in dietetics or related field.

Objectives:

  • Over a 7-year period, 70% of graduates will pass the DTR exam on their first attempt
  • Over a 7-year period, 50% of graduates actively seeking employment will be employed in a dietetics related profession within one year of graduation
  • Over a 7-year period, 90% of students admitted to the program who complete DIET 1271 will complete the DTP requirements within 150% of program length or 3 years.


Goal :  The program will promote professionalism and life- long learning.

Objectives: 
  • Over a 7-year period, 90% of the students will attend required professional annual  meeting
  • Over a 7-year period, employers will rate graduates as a 3 or 4 when completing the Employer Satisfaction Survey
  • Over a 7-year period, 10% of graduates will become active in the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Transfer Agreement


Students who complete the AAS degree in Dietetic Technology may move seamlessly to complete the baccalaureate level registered dietitian program at these institutions: