Food Service Administration - Dietetic Technology
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Program Description

The current emphasis on nutrition care as a fundamental part of present day health care has increased the demand for dietetic technicians in the nutrition field. This is a career for those who enjoy working with people to achieve nutritional well-being. Dietetic technicians work in association with the food service manager and under the supervision of a registered dietitian to provide nutritional care to individuals in health care facilities.

The primary objective of the Food Service Administration-Dietetic Technology-Nutrition Care curriculum is to prepare technicians to be capable of interviewing patients regarding food patterns, counseling patients in dietary practices, reporting nutritional status and progress to other health care professionals, monitoring food consumption of clients, calculating nutrient components and planning and supervising food service.

Courses in the curriculum provide an orientation to the health field and dietary services. Nutrition care is emphasized with courses in nutrition and modified diets, and clinical experiences in each of the last three semesters are provided. In the fourth semester field experience, students learn the principles of food service and dietary management.

Graduates qualify for employment as dietetic technicians in hospitals, nursing homes, adult residences, children's residential homes and community agencies. Those who successfully complete the program also meet minimum New York State requirements for food service managers in health care facilities.


  • The Food Service Administration-Dietetic Technology-Nutrition Care Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education of the American Dietetic Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.
  • Graduates of the Food Service Administration-Dietetic Technology-Nutrition Care Program are eligible to write the registration examination for dietetic technicians. This examination is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Successful completion of the examination credentials the individual as a Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR).

Scholarships Available

Scholarships are available from several sources, including the American Dietetic Association and the Gertrude Chrymko Scholarship.

Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Hegis: 5404
Curriculum Code: 0573
Campus Location: North
Health Sciences Division

Available at:

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
Math I
Chemistry or Biology

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:
Health Facility Experience

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Long-term Care
Residential and Child Care Facilities
Public Health Nutrition Programs
School Food Service
Transfer to a Four-year Program


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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