The Dietetic Technician Program prepares individuals to promote optimal health through proper nutrition by providing personalized services to meet client's needs, and ensure balanced diets. Dietetic Technicians work under the supervision of a registered, licensed dietitian. Graduates of the Dietetic Technician program are eligible for the national registration examination for dietetic technicians.
There are two (2) components to the dietetic technician courses: online and supervised practice. All course work is offered online via the Internet. Gaston College offers students within a two-hour travel proximity to complete the supervised practice at Gaston College and facilities in the surrounding communities. Supervised practices completed under the supervision of someone other than Gaston College faculty must meet credentialing agencies requirements.
Course work includes content related to food, nutrition, communication, and management. The physical, biological, behavioral, and social sciences support these areas.
Employment opportunities include hospitals, correctional facilities, public health agencies, Meals on Wheels and community health programs, retirement centers, clinics, nursing homes, home healthcare programs, schools, child nutrition programs, wellness centers, medical offices, research facilities, food companies, contract food management companies, or foodservice vending and distribution operations.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Communicate and perform effectively as a health care professional to a diverse population.
- Demonstrate knowledge of social, physical and biological sciences.
- Incorporate and apply the dietary guidelines in the provision of services to the general population.
- Demonstrate a general understanding of research as it applies to dietetics.
- Apply basic food preparation skills.
- Develop basic menus for conditions such as hypertension, obesity, and cardiac.
- Perform nutrition screening for at-risk populations.
- Gather basic nutrition assessment information to assist the registered dietitian.
- Demonstrate knowledge of management principles required to deliver food and nutrition programs and services.
- Demonstrate knowledge of heath care systems and community setting that deliver nutrition services.
The Dietetic Technician Program at Gaston College received continual accreditation on April 22, 2006 from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND is the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Headquarters
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
800.877.1600, ext. 5400
Commission on Dietetic Registration
The Commission on Dietetic Registration is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. CDR also re-certifies Registered Dietitians (RD) and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR)
Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP)
406 Surrey Woods Dr.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Admission to the general college does not guarantee admission to the Dietetic Technician Program. Applicants applying for admission to the Gaston College Dietetic Technician Program MUST meet the Gaston College admission requirements.
To be eligible to submit an application to the Dietetic Technician Program applicants must:
- Complete all developmental coursework for writing, reading and math prior to entering the dietetic technician program.
- Acknowledge that travel "out-of-service" areas may be required for the supervised practice.
- Have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better in required general education courses.
- Have grades of "C" (80%) or better in all required dietetic courses.
- Have completed the required Biology and Chemistry courses within 10 years from the date of application to the program.
All above information must be provided and approved prior to enrollment in the program.
Program Admission Criteria
The following criteria will be utilized by the Dietetic Technician Admissions Committee in the selection process of recommending qualified applicants for admission to the Dietetic Technician Program:
- The total number of required general education courses completed (with a minimum grade of C) prior to submitting an application.
- GPA in required general education courses.
Admission points are calculated based on the above criteria. The final selection of applicants into the program is made by the Department Chair in consultation with the Dietetic Technician Admissions Committee.
Students Admitted to the Dietetic Technician Program
In addition to maintaining a 2.0 GPA in the general education courses and earning a minimum grade of "C" (80%) in all dietetic curriculum courses, applicants accepted into the program must meet the following requirements in order to enroll and continue in the program courses:
- Complete a Health Form and Signed by Physician.
- Immunizations: MMR (series of 2 or Positive Titer), Tdap (Tetanus- within 10 years), Varicella (Chicken Pox- Series of 2 or Positive Titer).
- Current Adult/Child/Infant (BLS) CPR Certification.
- Criminal background check.
- Annual drug screen.
- Annual flu shot.
- Annual TB skin test. Students must complete a two-step PPD test within the last six (6) months.
- Hepatitis B Vaccine (recommended immunization) should be completed (series of three (3) injections) by the end of the spring semester, Freshman Year.
Select 1 course from the following:
Curriculum subject to ACEND approval. For further information, contact the Dietetic Programs Department at 704.922.6377 or 704.922.2279.