Nutrition and Dietetics

Are you passionate about nutrition?  Employers are actively seeking individuals with qualifications to be dietetic technicians, and today there are amazing career opportunities at:

  •  community clinics
  •  WIC
  •  school lunch programs
  •  extension agencies
  •  nutrition education program
  •  hospitals
  •  long-term care facilities
  •  eating disorder programs
  •  and many more places

Our classes also transfer seamlessly to Nutrition and Dietetics related four-year degrees at universities in the Minnesota State System, University of Minnesota and other universities across the state and nation.  To gain skills that will lead to expanded opportunities as a Dietetic Technician contact Jeremy McNamara at 952-358-8447 or email him at Jeremy.mcnamara@normandale.edu. You can also get more information about the program by going to www.normandale.edu/dietetic-technology.

Program Overview video

 

Program Overview video

Nutrition and Dietetics

FAQS about Dietetic Technology

What courses do I need to take prior to admission?
What is the length of the program?
What if I already have previous education and/ or experience in dietetics?
When should I apply to the program?
How is my progress evaluated during the program?
How much do dietetic technicians typically earn?
What types of jobs are available to me after graduation?
If I wanted to go on to become a Registered Dietitian, will the dietetic technician courses transfer?
Information Sessions
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What courses do I need to take prior to admission? 
The following courses should be completed:

A humanities course 3 credits from Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal 6.

Please refer to the detailed course catalog for course details. Equivalent courses may be completed at other two-year college. Consult with an advisor on course equivalencies. You can also check course equivalencies yourself at this website.

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What is the length of the program?
The program will be completed in one year. Students will complete their final supervised practice experience during the summer.

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What if I already have previous education and/ or experience in dietetics?
Persons desiring credit for prior learning will be individually assessed and you may need to fill out an Academic Petition. Use the links below to download the version best for you:

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When should I apply to the program?
Applications may be submitted by June 15th for the fall start. Late applications are only considered if space is available after June 15.

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How is my progress evaluated during the program?
Student learning is assessed continuously throughout the program by a variety of methods included (but not limited to), exams, case studies, individual and/or group projects, written and/or oral presentations, role playing, critical thinking discussions, preceptor evaluations, and on-site feedback from faculty and preceptors.

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How much do dietetic technicians typically earn?
Salaries vary depending on employer. Entry-level salaries range from $30,000 to $35,000 a year. They can go as high as $50,000 or more with length of time on the job. Part-time positions also exist, and many hospitals offer benefits to part-time employees For an overview on this career regarding skills, abilities, knowledge, wages, benefits, and job outlook, click here, Minnesota's gateway to career, education, employment and business information.

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What types of jobs are available to me after graduation?
Most new graduates work in health care settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, or community nutrition. After gaining experience in one of these areas, opportunities may be available in food or pharmaceutical sales, health clubs, school lunch programs, and other professional areas. Our local dietetic association maintains a website that frequently posts openings for dietetic technicians.

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If I wanted to go on to become a Registered Dietitian, will the dietetic technician courses transfer?
Some of the courses will transfer. Each institution handles transfers differently. Graduates have transferred to the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin–Stout, and the College of St. Catherine to earn four-year degrees in dietetics. Additional coursework in chemistry and biology is required for a bachelor's program.

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Information Sessions
Contact Normandale Community College Office of Admissions for Information Session schedules at
952-487-8201 or visit our Visit Normandale website

A Day in the Life of a Dietetic Technician

What do Dietetic Technicians do?  Watch these videos of the Dietetic Technology program at Normandale:

Program Overview video

 

Dietetic Tech Program Overview

Dietetic Technician, Registered at the Farmer's Market

 

A registered Dietetic Technician at the Farmer's Market

Dietetic Technician  working in community nutrition

 

A Dietetic Technician working in community nutrition

DTR, Clinical  Dietetic Technician

 

DTR, Clinical Dietetic Technician

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