Dietetic Technician Program
Upon successful completion of the dietetic technician program, the student is eligible to sit for the Commission of Dietetics Registration (CDR) national exam for Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR). A student may complete the dietetic technician program by successfully completing one of the following three options.
This track is for students who are seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Students take eight units of science prerequisites: BIOL 190 and BIOL 190L. These units may not transfer to a four-year institution within the NSHE system.
Track 2: Dietetic Degree-Associate of Science
This track is for students who are seeking an Associate of Science (AS) degree.
Track 3: Students with a Four-Year Degree
A student with a four-year didactic degree in nutrition from an institution accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) may qualify as a Track 3 student. The following conditions must be met with documentation provided to the Dietetic Technician Program Coordinator:
- Official Copies of All Transcripts.
- The original Statement of Verification issued from an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accredited four-year institution. The Statement of Verification must be for a didactic program in dietetics.
To complete the program to be eligible to take the national exam for DTR, students with a four-year degree must complete three of the three-unit courses comprised of 450 hours of supervised work experience at a satisfactory level.
To be considered for acceptance as a Track 3 student, please contact the Dietetic Technician Program Coordinator, Heather Williams at 775-673-7138.
After Track 3 students complete the three required dietetic technician supervised practice internship experiences (NUTR 291, NUTR 292 and NUTR 293), they will earn the skills certificate and become eligible to sit for the CDR National exam.
The Dietetic Technician Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. ACEND can be contacted at:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 1-800-877-1600 x5400