Nutrition and Dietetics Program
Associate in Science
There is a growing demand for qualified personnel in the field of dietetics throughout the United States. The dietetic technician, registered, works under the supervision of a registered dietitian in health care, food service management and community nutrition programs. Dietetic technicians, registered, function as active members of the nutrition team by assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the nutritional care of individuals or by supervising food service operations. The Nutrition and Dietetics program is currently granted probationary accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995; (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400 or (800) 877-1600; www.eatright.org/acend.
Graduates of the program are encouraged to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s registration examination to become dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). Graduates are also eligible for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals at 800-323-1908. The program reflects the coordination of theory and practice that is required for students to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for competent practice in dietetics. A minimum of 450 hours of supervised field experience provides opportunities to practice these skills. Students who wish to transfer to an AND-approved four-year program in dietetics should consult the program coordinator regarding the transferability of courses.
Nutrition and Dietetics Mission Statement
The mission of the Nutrition and Dietetics program is to prepare graduates with entry-level skills, competence, and flexibility to compete successfully in a dynamic employment market wherever food, nutrition, and wellness are emphasized.
1. The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietetic technicians.
2. To provide a Dietetic Technician program that consistently meets ACEND accreditation standards.
3. The program will offer quality instruction, comprehensive services and promote life-long learning to a diverse student population.
Nutrition and Dietetics Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the graduate should possess the following skills:
Graduates will achieve a pass rate of at least 80% on the DTR exam over a five year period.
Within twelve months of graduating at least 60% of the graduates will have attained employment related to the field of dietetics and/or enrolled in an accredited continuing education program.
Students will achieve a satisfactory rating for the entry-level competencies of a dietetic technician.
Employers will rate program graduates in their employ as satisfactory knowledge base on surveys.
An attrition rate of 35% or less will be maintained for students completing NTR 104 Nutrition II.
Eighty percent of students will evaluate each nutrition course with an overall minimum rating of good or better.
Students will attend a minimum of 10 hours at professional meetings offering continuing education units.
Goal and program outcome measures are available upon request of the program coordinator.
All students must first apply to and be accepted by the College. The Nutrition and Dietetics Program application form, available from the Admissions Office or dietetics program coordinator, must then be completed. Unless waived, all applicants must take placement tests in reading, English, and mathematics. Students in this program are responsible for expenses for uniforms, physical examinations, travel to field sites, parking, meals, CPR training and drug testing. Specific information about these costs and coverage for accident and liability insurance is available from the Program Coordinator, Marcia Doran, and in the Nutrition and Dietetics Student Guide. A complete physical examination is required before supervised field experience begins. Financial aid information is available through the College Financial Aid office.
In addition to the College’s general requirements, this program requires a minimum grade of “C” (73 percent) in each and all science and program-specific courses. The student must also successfully complete all of the program competencies and must pass the National Restaurant Association Sanitation exam. The program coordinator reserves the right to recommend to the College the withdrawal of a student from the Nutrition and Dietetics program whose health, clinical performance, attendance, or conduct does not meet the program standards. Students are encouraged to complete the program requirements within 5 years. Upon successful completion of the Nutrition and Dietetics program, graduates will receive a verification statement.