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Dietetic Technician, A.S. (590.2)

Associate of Science

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The Dietetic Technician program provides education in the field of dietetics, nutrition and management. The program prepares students for management positions in food service 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 approved 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 registration exam given by the Accreditation Council of Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) to become a 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 2000, Chicago, IL 60606; 312.899.0400 ext. 5400, 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

  1. Provide a curriculum of sequential course work that gradually and consistently builds student knowledge in dietetics and coordinates classroom learning with appropriate practical experience.
  2. Prepare students with the skills to sit for the registration examination for dietetic technicians and employment in the profession.
  3. Establish and maintain a symbiotic relationship with dietetic professionals and health care institutions in the community.    
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

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  . 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 Articulation Agreements   for details.