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.
Stark State, through the dietetic technician program will provide general and technical didactic coursework and supervised practice experience for students to attain the knowledge, skills, and competencies defined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). The program is designed to prepare students to successfully address the ever-changing needs of consumers and employers in food service operations and nutrition and dietetics.
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 AND (see www.cdrnet.org). Fifty hours of continuing professional educational requirements is required every five years.
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.
Stark State’s dietetic technician program is accredited by:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND)
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