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Dietetic Technician

Associate Degree Course Sequence

BIO123  Principles of Human Structure and Function (lab)
COM121 Effective Speaking
Art & Humanities Elective
NTR121  Basic Medical Nutrition
DTR121  Food Science Principles
MTH125  College Algebra
ENG124  College Composition
DTR122  Life Cycle Nutrition
DTR123  Applied Nutrition
DTR221  Medical Nutrition Therapy
DTR223  Nutrition/MNT Directed Practice
ENG221  Technical Report Writing
PSY121  General Psychology
SOC225  Cultural Diversity
DTR224  Cultural Nutrition
DTR225  Community Nutrition
DTR226  Community Nutrition Directed Practice
DTR227  Foodservice Operations I
DMA121  ServSafe
DTR228  Dietary Systems
BIO221  Principles of Microbiology (lab)
SOC121  Sociology
PHL122  Ethics
DTR229  Professional Dietetics
DTR230  Foodservice Operations II
DTR231  Foodservice Directed Practice


Dietetic technicians (DTRs) are registered professionals in the food and nutrition area working independently or as part of a team under the supervision of a registered dietitian. 

As a DTR you may, under the supervision of a registered dietician,

  • interview clients for diet history
  • gather data for nutritional assessments
  • plan normal and modified diets
  • chart medical records
  • instruct clients on proper nutrition
  • help educate the public.

In food service management, the DTR may

  • plan menus
  • order and store food supplies
  • supervise food production
  • hire, supervise and evaluate employees
  • maintain high standards of sanitation and safety
  • prepare budgets and maintain cost control.

Pathway to the DTR
To become a registered dietetic technician you’ll need to graduate with at least a two-year associate’s degree that includes both lecture and hands-on experiences (450 hours minimum) in required areas of competency.

After graduation, you’ll be eligible to take the national computer-based registration exam for dietetic technicians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (see Fifty hours of continuing professional educational requirements is required every five years.

Employment opportunities
 DTRs can work in

  • hospitals, HMOs, clinics, nursing homes, retirement centers, hospices, home health care programs and research facilities
  • schools, day-care centers, correctional facilities, restaurants, health care facilities, corporations and hospitals
  • WIC programs, public health agencies, Meals on Wheels and community health programs
  • health clubs, weight management clinics and community wellness centers
  • food companies, contract food management companies or food vending and distributing operations.

Average salary and job outlook
In Ohio, the average annual wage for dietetic technicians is $36, 670, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The job market for dietetic technicians is expected to grow at an average pace, thanks to an increased emphasis on disease prevention, a growing and aging population, and public interest in nutrition. Faster-than-normal growth is anticipated in nursing homes, residential care facilities and physician clinics.