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Special Admission

Special Admission

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

You must meet the TSI requirements for enrolling in college credit courses.

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.

How to Apply



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

Follow these steps to apply to our Dietetic Technician Program

  1. Apply to TCC.
    • Once you are accepted as a student at TCC, you will get a TCC Student ID number.
    • You need a TCC Student ID number for your Dietetic Technician application.
  2. Make sure you are eligible to apply to our program.
    • What are the requirements? Read Dietetic Technician Special Admission section above.
  3. Get current official transcripts from all colleges and schools you have attended.
    • You will need to submit your official college transcripts to the TCC Registrar.
    • If you have not attended college or if you will have fewer than 12 college semester hours by the application deadline, you will need to submit your official high school transcript(s).
    • International students: Contact International Admissions (817-515-1570) at least 8 weeks before the application deadline to schedule an appointment if you have international transcripts.
  4. Submit your completed Dietetic Technician Application Packet by the deadline.
    • Submit by mail or in person your:
      • Signed, complete application
      • Application checklists
      • Transcripts in sealed envelope
      • Dietetics / healthcare experience documentation form in 1 envelope
    • Our address:
      • Dietetics Program Admission Committee
        Southeast Campus, Tarrant County College
        2100 Southeast Parkway
        ESEE 2112D
        Arlington, TX 76018
    • All application packets must be postmarked or received by the deadline.
    • No late applications will be accepted.

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% 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)

Become a Dietary Technician, Registered (DTR)

Find out the educational and professional requirements by visiting Who is a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered? (from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).

Take the national board examination

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.


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



Southeast Campus

Christina Liew-Newville, M.S., R.D., L.D., Dietetics Program Coordinator & Dietetic Technician Program Director
817- 515-3187

Margaret Hearn, R.D., L.D., Dietary Manager Program Coordinator

Lynda Arnold, M.S., Academic Advisor

Updated February 26, 2018