Dietetic Technician

How do I apply to TCC’s Dietetic Technician A.A.S. program?

Apply to the Program

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Admission: May 1
  • Spring Admission: December 1


How do I know if I am eligible to apply?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have a TCC Student Identification Number
  • Be TSI Compliant
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 college credits–including the following 2 prerequisite dietetics courses (with a B or better)–by the end of the semester:
    • FDNS 1103 Introduction to Dietetics (1 Semester Hour)
    • HECO 1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy (3 Semester Hours)

Learn More About the Prerequisites

If you are enrolled in FDNS 1103 and HECO 1322, you may apply to the Dietetic Technician program before you finish the courses. However, you will not be admitted to the program until your course grade is published on your transcript.

Your additional 8 college credits must be completed within the last 5 years and with a C or better.

Get a Head Start

If you are interested in applying to the Dietetic Technician Program, you may register for the following courses before being accepted into the program.

  • CHEF 1205 Sanitation and Safety
  • FDNS-1103 Introduction to Dietetics 
  • FDNS-1301 Introduction to Foods
  • FDNS-1371 Child Nutrition and Programs
  • HECO-1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy
  • Any of the required general classes


How are students selected for the program?

A selection committee reviews the applications and selects applicants based on the Applicant Score. Thirty (30) students will be selected each semester.

Your Applicant Score

Grade point average (GPA) of dietetics courses completed within the last 5 years
Bonus points
Applicant score

Bonus points are assigned based on the following criteria:

  • Work or volunteer experience in the field of dietetics and health care within the last 7 years
    • Only verified experience within the last 7 years will be awarded bonus points
  • Prior associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree
    • Official transcript required
  • Final Grade in Dietetics and Anatomy & Physiology courses within last 5 years
    • Official transcript required

There is no minimum GPA requirement. 


How do I successfully complete the program?

  • Complete all DITA, FDNS, HECO and IFWA courses with a C or better
  • Complete FDNS 1346 and FDNS 1447 within 5 years from graduation
  • Complete a minimum of 450 supervised practice hours (over 3 practicum courses) and receive satisfactory practicum evaluations

If you are not enrolled in dietetics courses for 2 consecutive semesters, you will be removed from the program.


What are the program requirements?


Total Hours: 64

You must demonstrate computer competency through Computer Skills Placement Test (CSP) prior to degree completion or complete COSC 1301 or BCIS 1305.

Practicum: Supervised Practice

Practicum provides supervised practice experience in real life situations.  You are required to complete 3 practicum courses, with a minimum of 150 hours for each practicum

  • Full-time students typically start their practicum rotation on the second or third semester with a practicum for each of the following semester. 
  • Part-time students typically complete the practicum during the last three semesters before graduating.

Learn more: Practicum Details and the Additional Requirements for participation in Practicum courses.

Verification for Credentialing Exam

When you graduate from our program, the program director will give you the verification statement to take the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) certification examination if you meet the following verification requirements:

  • Completed successfully all dietetic courses (HECO, IFWA, FDNS) with a C or better
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all dietetics courses
  • Received acceptable practice standard as determined by preceptors
  • Graduated with A.A.S.
  • Passed a DTR Competencies Exit Exam on food management, community nutrition and clinical nutrition—based on a 70% pass/fail grading system—before graduation
  • Attended an exit interview during the last 2 weeks of class to complete appropriate paperwork for submission to the American Dietetic Association (ADA)


How can I become a Dietary Technician, Registered (DTR)?

Find out the educational and professional requirements by visiting Become a DTR (from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).


When do I take the national board examination to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR)?

After you graduate from our Dietetic Technician Program and meet all verification requirements, you will be eligible to sit for the national DTR credentialing examination, which is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Those who pass the exam and maintain continuing education requirements may use the title Dietetic Technician, Registered or DTR, which is recognized throughout the United States.


How much will this program cost?

Program Component Estimated Cost
Tuition $ 3,520
Books 3,000
Uniforms and Shoes 250
Background check 75
Drug Screen 100
Professional Organization membership 50
Application for Licensure Exam 120
CPR Certification 50
Total $7,165


Updated February 12, 2016


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