Become a DTR

Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs) are professionals with education and training in food and nutrition.

Educational Requirements

The following are requirements from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to become a DTR:

1. Earn a Degree

Complete at least a two-year associate degree at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

2. Complete a Dietetic Technician Program

Complete a dietetic technician program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, including 450 hours of supervised practice experience (practicum) in various community programs, health care and food service facilities.

Requirements one and two can also be met by obtaining a B.S. degree with an ACEND-accredited didactic or coordinated program.

3. Pass DTR Exam

Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

To become eligible to take the DTR exam through TCC, students must successfully complete the following:

4. Continue Professional Education

Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

5. Maintain a  Professional Development Portfolio

Comply with the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) recertification requirements.

Become a DTR at TCC

Follow the steps in the Pathway to DTR at TCC(PDF will open in a new window)

If You Already Have a Degree in Another Major

To become eligible to take the DTR exam through TCC, you will need to:

  1. Enroll in the Dietetic Technician (DT) Program
  2. Send your transcript to TCC for evaluation.
  3. Complete the TCC Dietetic Technician Program coursework, practicum and verification requirements.
  4. Apply to take the DTR exam through the program director.

If You Already Have a B.S. Degree in a Didactic or Coordinated Program

Contact your program director of your college to ask about becoming a DTR.



Updated August 22, 2013


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