Dietetic Technicians are trained in food and nutrition and are an integral part of health care and food service management teams. The Dietetic Technician plays a key role in providing quality, cost effective client care and food service management.
Dietetic Technicians work independently or in partnership with a registered dietitian in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, research facilities, schools, community health programs, food companies, and wellness centers.
The Delgado Dietetic Technician Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the American Dietetic Association, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Ill. 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040. Graduates will be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians, which is administered through the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and earn the credentials “DTR.”
The Dietetic Technician Program is committed to providing comprehensive learning-centered experiences that enable students to become caring and responsible practitioners who are competent and ethical in the provision of dietetic services.
Students pay the same fee for each semester as other students enrolled for credit in the College:
Various financial assistance options are available to students. Information on scholarships, loans, and grants may be obtained through the College's Office of Financial Assistance: (504) 671-5042.
Students will follow the College's Academic Calendar. This schedule can be found in the College Catalog and in the College Student Handbook.
Graduates are awarded an Associate of Science degree by Delgado Community College and are qualified to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians.
Upon graduation and successful completion of the program, students will receive a Verification Statement, completed by the Program Director, which indicates that the student has successfully fulfilled the requirements for program completion in accordance with institutional policies. Verification of completion of dietetics programs is the method used by the American Dietetic Association to ensure that stipulated qualifications for membership have been met and by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to determine eligibility for the Registration Examinations for Dietetic Technicians. At various times in preparing for professional membership or registration, an individual will be asked to supply verification of both academic and supervised practice qualifications. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the individual to obtain the appropriate number of Verification Statements and to safeguard them until the time they are to be used in various application processes.
Dietetic Technicians are employed in a variety of settings:
Program Description from Official Catalog: