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Special Admission

Dietetic Technician is a special admission program.

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

Am I eligible to apply?

Check to see that you have met the following special admission criteria.

TCC Student ID Number

You must apply to TCC, be accepted as a student and get a TCC Student ID number before you apply to the Dietetic Technician Program.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Requirements

  • Reading & Writing: You must meet or exceed the college-ready scores.
  • Math: You must meet or exceed the college-ready score or complete MATH-0361 with a minimum grade of C.

See TSI Assessment for details.

Prerequisite Courses

You must 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 
  • HECO–1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy 

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.

Post-Acceptance Program Requirements

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 2nd or 3rd semester with a practicum for each of the following semesters. 
  • Part-time students typically complete the practicum during the last 3 semesters before graduating.

Learn more: Practicum

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 grade of "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 percent 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)



Southeast Campus

Christina Liew-Newville, M.S., R.D., L.D., Dietetics Program Coordinator & Dietetic Technician Program Director

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

Lynda Arnold, M.S., Academic Advisor


Updated November 12, 2019