Dietetic Technician

  • Credits: 67
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: , Online

Program Overview

The Dietetic Technician Program is a 67 credit, fully online program that trains students to work either independently or with Registered Dietitians in the areas of food, nutrition, and dietetics. This program has a supervised practice component totaling 480 practicum hours. Students are required to locate supervised practice sites within their geographical area to host their supervised practice hours (DIET 2035 Community Practicum, DIET 2040 Clinical Practicum, and DIET 2045 Management Practicum). See the Dietetic Technician Program Student Policy Manual for more details on the supervised practice component of this online program.

Workers in this field promote optimum health through nutrition and are a central part of the healthcare and foodservice management teams. Dietetic Technicians work in a wide range of settings, including health care and public health, foodservice, community, and research. Graduates of this fully online program are eligible to take the Registration Examination from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Upon passing the exam, graduates become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR). For more information on becoming a Dietetic Technician Registered, please visit The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For more information regarding online learning, please visit become an online student.

Dietetic Technician Program Student Policy Manual (Updated: 1-11-2022)

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Employment Information

The Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) is employed in a variety of settings, including:


  • Hospitals
  • Long-Term-Care
  • Clinics
  • Hospice
  • Assisted Living

Public Health

  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Meals-on-Wheels
  • Community Nutrition


  • Food companies
  • Research
  • Food Sanitation and Safety
  • Agriculture

Foodservice Management

  • Schools
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Day-care Centers
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Corporations


  • Health Clubs
  • Weight Management Clinics
  • Community Wellness Centers

The 2021 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Compensation & Benefits Survey of Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialed dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) revealed a median annual income of all DTRs in the United States who have been working in the field for four years or less was $43,680 or $21 per hour. This is higher than the average wage published by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) for dietetic technicians because BLS does not restrict their estimate to individuals credentialed as a DTR through the CDR. Due to increasing emphasis on nutrition and disease prevention, growth of the dietetics field is expected to increase nationwide by 11% between 2020-2030 according the U.S. BLS.

For more information on becoming a Dietetic Technician Registered, go to For videos regarding the employment opportunities for Dietetic Technician Registered, go to videos.

Career Outlook

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Program Course Listings

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
DIET 1005 Life Cycle Nutrition 3
DIET 2000 Community Nutrition 3
DIET 2005 Food Prod & Science 4
DIET 2010 Sanitation & Safety 2
DIET 2015 Selection & Procurement 4
DIET 2020 Nutritional Care 3
DIET 2025 Medical Nutrition 4
DIET 2030 Food Service Management 4
DIET 2035 Community Practicum 2
DIET 2040 Clinical Practicum 4
DIET 2045 Management Practicum 4
MKTG 2120 Supervisory Leadership 3
BIOL 2131 Nutrition 3
BIOL 2260 Anatomy & Phys I 4
BIOL 2262 Anatomy & Phys II 4
CHEM 1020 Intro to Chemistry 4
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3
PSYC 1105 Intro to Psychology 3
SOCI 1101 Intro to Sociology 3
  G4: Math/Logical Elective ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3

Program Elective Course Options

For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
G4: Math/Logical Reasoning Electives
MATH 1102 Contemporary Math 3
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3
MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus 5
MATH 1131 Applied Calculus 3
MATH 2203 Statistics 4
MATH 2231 Calculus I 4
MATH 2232 Calculus II 4
MATH 2233 Calculus III 4

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