Program Requirements

Course, Practicum and Verification Requirements

Students must successfully complete the following requirements in order to earn the A.A.S. Dietetic Technician and to take the DTR credentialing examination.


Dietetic Technician Program Coursework Requirements(PDF will open in a new window)


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

  • Full-time students typically start their practicum rotation during 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.

The instructor determines student placements, and the options depend on the availability of preceptors and supervised practice facilities. All supervised practice facilities must have qualified preceptors, meet program requirements and have a current affiliation agreement with TCC. Practicum students are not employees and do not receive compensation from the facility.

Practicum Hours

Students must complete a minimum of 12 – 14 hours a week. Typical practicum hours are on Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Students must:

  • Be available for practicum during practicum hours
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Be flexible with site placement

Some facilities may require earlier or later hours depending on hours of operation. 


In order to take the credentialing examination to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR), graduates of the Dietetic Technician Program must first be verified by the program director. 

To be verified and to receive a verification statement from the program director, students must:

  • Successfully complete all dietetic courses (HECO, IFWA, FDNS) with a C or better

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses

  • Receive acceptable practice standard as determined by preceptors

  • Graduate with an A.A.S. degree

  • Pass a DTR Competencies Exit Exam on food management, community nutrition and clinical nutrition. This exam is based on a 70% pass/fail grading system to receive the verification statement to take the DTR certification examination.

    • Students must arrange to take the DTR Competencies Final Exam prior to graduation. 

      • Students are encouraged to take practice questions at the campus learning center and to take the DTR Exam Review course before taking the DTR Competencies Exit Exam.

    • Students who score less than 70% are allowed to retake the exam after further study.

      • After the second failure, students must wait four (4) weeks to retake the exam to allow adequate time for reviewing and studying the materials.

      • If the students fail on the last attempt, they are required to pursue further coursework as outlined by the program director.

  • Attend exit interview during the last two weeks of class to complete appropriate paperwork for submission to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Students who decline to take the DTR Competencies Final Exam or who do not arrange to take the exam will not receive a verification statement to take the DTR certification examination administered by Commission on Dietetic Registration.



Updated August 22, 2013


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