• Dietetic Technician (590.2)
    Associate of Science

    Allegheny

    Also see Dietary Manager (591.2) and Dietetic Programs information.

    The Dietetic Technician program provides education in the field of dietetics, nutrition and management. The program prepares students for management positions in food service establishments, restaurants, nursing homes and hospitals. In addition, students are prepared to work with dietitians, nutritionists, in hospitals, nursing homes or providing nutrition education in community settings and in home health agencies.

    The degree program is approved by the Accreditation Council of Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).

    Graduates of this program are eligible to take the registration exam given by the Accreditation Council of Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) to become a Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) and the credentialing exam from the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) to become a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM).

    Admission is limited by the availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to this program.

    Applicants must be eligible for college-level courses and have a C or better in one year of high school algebra and chemistry or the equivalent.

    This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606; 312.899.0400 ext. 5400, www.eatrightacend.org.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

    1. Apply the principles of problem solving and critical thinking in the practice of dietetics.
    2. Apply basic scientific and mathematical concepts related to the practice of dietetics.
    3. Employ written and oral communication skills appropriate for the practice of dietetics.
    4. Recognize the socio-historical background of diverse populations and provide the appropriate nutrition intervention.
    5. Utilize current technologies in the practice of dietetics.

    Program Goals:

    1. Prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the registration exam and become competent entry-level dietetic technicians.
    2. Prepare graduates to secure employment in dietetics or related field.

     

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    Degree Requirements

    First Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-103Introduction to Human Biology3
    DIT-102 Dietetic/Food Service Orientation3
    DIT-103 Nutrition Assessment 2
    DIT-104Foods3
    DIT-105LFoods Lab1
    DIT-106Fundamentals of Nutrition3
     
    Total Credits: 15

    Second Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    ALH-140Medical Terminology3
    DIT-110Food Service Production/Purchasing 3
    DIT-114Medical Nutrition Therapy4
    DIT-125Food Protection Certification 2
    MAT-108Intermediate Algebra4
     
    Total Credits: 16

    Third Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    CHM-120Bio-Organic Chemistry4
    CIT-100Computer Fundamentals & Applications3
    DIT-210 Human Resource Management for Dietetics 3
    ENG-101English Composition 13
    SPH-101Oral Communication3
     
    Total Credits: 16

    Fourth Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    DIT-208Community Nutrition4
    DIT-209Dietetic Supervised Practice 24
    DIT-212 Food Service Systems3
    DIT-214 Dietetic Seminar1
    ENG-102English Composition 23
    PSY-101Introduction to Psychology3
     
    Total Credits: 18

    Summer

    Course #Course NameCredits
    DIT-113Dietetic Practicum Seminar 2
    DIT-201Dietetic Supervised Practice 15
     
    Total Credits: 7
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 72