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Dietetic Technician, A.S. (590.3)

Location(s): Allegheny Campus

Associate of Science                 

The Dietetic Technician program provides education in the field of dietetics, nutrition and management. The program prepares students for management positions in foodservice establishments, restaurants, nursing homes and hospitals. In addition, students are prepared to work with dietitians, nutritionists, in hospitals, nursing homes or providing nutrition education in community settings and in home health agencies.

The degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician registration exam given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) to become a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR), and the credentialing exam from the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) to become a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM,CFPP).

Admission is limited by the availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to this program.

Applicants must be eligible for college-level courses and have a C or better in one year of high school algebra and chemistry or the equivalent.

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 800-877-1600, www.eatrightpro.org/acend

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Apply the principles of problem solving and critical thinking in the practice of dietetics.
  2. Apply basic scientific and mathematical concepts related to the practice of dietetics.
  3. Employ written and oral communication skills appropriate for the practice of dietetics.
  4. Recognize the socio-historical background of diverse populations and provide the appropriate nutrition intervention.
  5. Utilize current technologies in the practice of dietetics.

Program Goals

  • Prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the registration exam and become competent entry-level nutrition and dietetic technicians registered.
  • Prepare graduates to secure employment in dietetics or related field.   
For more information, contact:

Miriam Wilson, MS, RD, LDN

Assistant Professor and Program Director Dietetic Programs

Allegheny Campus M610

808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Office: 412.237.2640

Fax: 412.237.6579
See Dietetic Programs for more information.

Degree Requirements

Transfer Opportunities

Articulation agreements are available for students to complete the Associate Degree and transfer to University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Graduates may also further their studies in Health Service Administration or Management at Carlow University or Robert Morris University. It is important that students consult with a counselor early in their program to develop a course plan most appropriate for the school to which they intend to transfer. See www.ccac.edu/articulation for details.