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.
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.
- 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
To be verified and to receive a verification statement from the program director,
- 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
- 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
- Students who score less than 70% are allowed to retake the exam after further
- 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