Dietetic Technician

Quick Facts

Dietetic technicians are an important part of health care and foodservice management teams. Trained in food and nutrition, they plan menus and teach people with special nutritional needs how to choose appropriate foods.

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Our Program

Why Choose Dietetic Technician?

  • Gain hands-on nutrition counseling & dietetics work experience through patient simulation activities & practicum courses
  • Make a difference in people’s lives by helping them become healthier through dietary & lifestyle changes
  • Enter a field that is growing because of:
    • Our aging population
    • Increased emphasis on disease prevention
    • Greater interest in nutrition
  • Have the choice of working in clinical, community, or foodservice settings
  • Prepare to sit for the credentialing exam to become a Nutrition Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR)

Prepare for What You Will Do at Work

  • Assist Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in developing & providing nutrition care to patients
    • Gather patient information on dietary intake & medical history
    • Conduct nutrition-focused physical assessments & interpret pertinent lab results
    • Assess nutrition status, modify menus to meet patient needs & provide diet education
  • Collaborate with medical professionals to provide patient care
  • Conduct nutrition classes or food demonstrations

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Marketable Skills You Will Learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before You Enroll, Think About:

Special Admission

Dietetic Technician is a special admission program.

After being accepted to TCC, you must meet enrollment requirements to be eligible to submit a separate application to the program.

Talk to the program director or the Career & Technical advisor to select courses you need for the program. You are not required to complete Texas core classes for this degree.

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Special Requirement: Practicum—Supervised Practice

Practicum provides supervised practice experience in real life situations. You are required to complete 3 practicum courses, with a minimum of 450 hours.

Learn more about the Practicum

Stackable Certificates

You will also able to earn the following certificates as you complete the program requirements.

Licensing Notice: Texas House Bill 1508

This program prepares you for an occupational license. However, you may not be eligible for licensing if you have a prior criminal history.

For more details, see Texas House Bill 1508 Licensing Requirements

Want more details?

Have accessibility questions about this handbook? Call the Dietetics Department at 817-515-3051.

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Degrees & Certificates



Our program is the only accredited dietetic technician program in Texas.

Accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

  • Address:
    120 South Riverside Plaza
    Suite 2190
    Chicago, IL 60606-6995
  • Telephone: 800-877-1600, ext. 5400
  • Website: ACEND

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

2023–2024 Academic Year

Degree or Certificate Program Title Semester Credit Hours Total Tuition & Fees
AAS Dietetic Technician 60 $4,140


  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Continuing Education Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university

Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to promotion opportunities.

Registered Dietitian Program

Talk to the program director of the receiving university regarding transferable coursework and prerequisites for the Registered Dietitian program

More Options

You will also be ready to work toward these degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition or Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion, Health Education, or Wellness
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!


Southeast Campus

Christina Liew-Newville, Ed.D., R.D., L.D.
Dietetics Program Coordinator
Dietetic Technician Program Director


Southeast Campus

Denise Blevins, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Dietary Manager Program Coordinator


Southeast Campus

Lynda Fox-Arnold, M.S.
Career Advisor


Southeast Campus

Dietetics Program

Call 817-515-3051

Updated October 30, 2023