Dietetic Technician DIT.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 65 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Dietetics and Nutrition
Effective as of Fall 2016

Graduates from the Dietetics & Nutrition program join the professional healthcare team to care for patients and families promoting optimal nutrition. Clinical dietetic technicians provide clinical assessments and care for diverse populations across the lifespan. Students learn to develop critical thinking skills to assess both healthy and ill populations while recommending appropriate nutritional interventions. Management dietetic technicians supervise kitchen and cafeteria staff in the hospital and long-term care facility setting including payroll, scheduling and new employee hiring while maintaining inventory of kitchen inventory and storage.

Dietetic Technicians are an integral part of the healthcare and food service teams in hospitals, nursing homes, community centers, WIC and school systems with excellent future job prospects.

What is "Dietetic Technician"?

Graduates of the Dietetic Technician (DIT) program are trained food and nutrition practitioners that work under the supervision of a registered dietitian. As an integral member of the health care and food service management teams, they influence food choices and lifestyles to promote optimal health.

The program consists of five major domains that include clinical, community, education, management and foodservice systems. It is designed to be completed in five (5) consecutive semesters on a full-time basis. Some students elect to attend on a part-time basis, extending the length of study to three academic years. The curriculum consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The limited enrollment coursework includes 465 hours of unpaid directed practice experiences at area community, food service and health care facilities. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required, as well as a grade of C or higher in all program courses.

Students of Sinclair’s Dietetic and Nutritional Management Program are eligible to become members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), a nationally recognized organization located at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 200, Chicago Illinois 60606, 1-800-877-1600, www.eatright.org. This specially designed program enables students to enjoy benefits of student AND membership while attending school. Graduates are eligible for active AND membership. Benefits include networking, professional growth, educational enrichment, and developing leadership skills. The graduate is eligible to take the National Credentialing Exam to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR).

Program Outcomes

  • Apply principles of management and systems in the provision of clinical and customer services to individuals and organizations at the dietetic technician level of practice.
  • Describe and apply scientific information and research related to the dietetic technician level of practice.
  • Develop beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors for the dietetic technician level of practice in accordance with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Code of Ethics.
  • Develop and deliver information, products and services to individuals, groups and populations at the dietetic technician level of practice.

Transferability

Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.

Prerequisites

  • DEV 0028 AND DEV 0035

Credentials

DTRs are not licensed but work under the licensure of a Registered Licensed Dietitian (RD, LD).

Curriculum

Course Title Credits
ALH 1101 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 2
CHE 1111 Introduction to Chemistry I 4
CHE 1121 Introduction to Chemistry II 4
DIT 1105 Introduction to Dietetics 1
DIT 1210 Medical Terminology for Dietetics 1
DIT 1525 Human Nutrition 3
DIT 1630 Nutrition in the Lifecycle 3
DIT 1635 Community Nutrition 3
DIT 2240 Education Methods & Materials 2
DIT 2305 Food, Culture & Cuisine 2
DIT 2310 Lab for Food, Culture & Cuisine 1
DIT 2510 Institutional Foodservice Systems 3
DIT 2515 Foodservice Practicum I 1
DIT 2520 Laboratory for Foodservice Systems 1
DIT 2625 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
DIT 2630 Medical Nutrition Therapy Clinical I 3
DIT 2735 Foodservice Organization & Management 3
DIT 2740 Foodservice Practicum II 1
DIT 2845 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3
DIT 2850 Medical Nutrition Therapy Clinical II 2
DIT 2855 Dietetics Seminar 1
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
HMT 1101 Basic Culinary Skills 3
HMT 1107 Sanitation & Safety 2
HMT 1112 Food Principles & Preparation 4
PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
(MAT 1130 OR MAT 1270) 3
- View the Master Syllabus - View the Course Schedule

Program Accreditation Information

The Dietetic Technician program is fully accredited by the Academy on Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Accreditation Council on Education for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). It is also approved by the Association of Nutrition and Food Professionals (ANFP).


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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.