Dietetics Practicum: Additional Requirements

Criminal Background Check/Drug Screening

You must undergo and pass a criminal background check and a drug screening before starting Practicum classes.

These screenings will be administered through the College and will be at your expense. There are no exceptions.

Immunization Requirements

The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) requires the following immunizations or proof of serologic immunity of the diseases prior to direct patient contact.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council also places requirements on students to assure the safety of both the students and the patients they encounter. You must be immunized before enrolling in coursework where direct patient contact is a component.

Required Vaccines

  • Tetanus-Diphtheria–one dose within the past ten years
  • Measles/Rubeola–two doses since 12 months of age
  • Mumps–one dose since 12 months of age
  • Rubella–one dose since 12 months of age
  • Hepatitis B–a complete three-dose series or proof of immunity prior to beginning direct patient care (Clinical Practicum)
  • Varicella–one dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine on or after the student's first birthday or, if the first dose was administered on or after the student's thirteenth birthday, two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
  • Additional Hospital Requirements
    • Influenza–once yearly
    • TB Skin Test–once a year
      (If skin test is positive, a documented negative chest X-ray by physician is required.)

CPR Certification

Dietetic practicum students are required to have a current Texas Healthcare Provider CPR Certification.

In addition to the TCC Continuing Education office, the following locations provide this certification training:

  • American Red Cross, 817-336-8710
  • Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, 214-345-6055
  • Arlington Memorial Hospital, 817-548-6400

ServSafe Certification

You are required to get ServSafe Certification before beginning your practicum. You have the opportunity to take the ServSafe Manager Certification during the CHEF 1205 Safety and Sanitation course or through TCC Continuing Education department.

Food Handler Card

You are required to get the Food Handler card before beginning your practicum.

The permit is specific for the city of the practicum site. You may be required to get one or more permits depending on your practicum sites.

You may attend the training provided by the health department or through one of the following online programs:

Health and Car Insurance

You are required to have health and car insurance when doing your practicum. TCC does not offer College-sponsored student health insurance. The following companies offer student health insurance, but are not endorsed by TCC.

Dress Code

You must follow dress code as stated in the Dietetic Technician Program Student Handbook.

Physical Requirements

Practicum/Supervised practice courses involve active participation in activities such as quantity food production in institutional kitchens and the delivery of certain patient nutrition care functions in healthcare facilities.  Inherent in successful performance is the physical ability to:

  • Lift heavy objects of up to 25 pounds for women and 35 pounds for men (e.g., pans of food, cases or bulk-packed food); some activities may involve repetitive lifting (e.g., loading food carts)
  • Push equipment (e.g., loaded carts or tray racks)
  • Handle sharp equipment or utensils (e.g., knives, commercial slicers)
  • Work with hot items (e.g., pans of food, hot surfaces such as grills, steamers and kettles)
  • Stretch (e.g., putting up or pulling stock, loading or unloading dish machines, assembling food trays)
  • Stand or sit for long periods of time
  • Move yourself (e.g., moving between patient rooms, work stations and units, which may involve going up and down stairs).
  • Carry materials (e.g., papers, books, charts or food items)
  • Hear, use your hands skillfully, speak and see (e.g., screening for malnutrition risk, interviewing and teaching individual patients or classes, entering data into a computer and documenting medical records)

You are required to sign a release of College and facility liability in the case of accident or injury before reporting to the facility for the first day. See Waiver and Indemnity AgreementListen (PDF will open in a new window).

If You Have Physical Limitations

It is your responsibility to notify your instructor of physical limitations that might interfere with meeting course requirements.

If you are not able to participate in all class activities due to physical disability, injury or limitations, you will be required to provide a doctor's statement explaining your limitations before going to the practicum facility for the first time. Because you may be in areas where emergency situations arise, you must be able to move quickly to avoid interfering with access of other health care providers. However, nonparticipation, regardless of the reason, may be reflected in your performance appraisal.



Updated May 09, 2016


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