The current emphasis on nutrition care as a fundamental part of
present day health care has increased the demand for nutrition and
dietetic technicians, registered in the nutrition field. This is a
career for those who enjoy working with people to achieve nutritional
well-being. Nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered work in
association with the food service manager and under the supervision of a
registered dietitian/nutritionist to provide nutrition care to
individuals in health care facilities.
The primary objective of the Food Service Administration-Dietetic
Technology-Nutrition Care curriculum is to prepare nutrition and
dietetic technicians, registered 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
Graduates qualify for employment as nutrition and 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.
In order to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered, students will
need to complete at least an associate's degree from a U.S. regionally
accredited college such as SUNY Erie Community College and complete the
SUNY Erie dietetic technician program which is accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Included in the program requirements for graduation are 450 hours of
supervised practice in various community programs, health care, and food
service facilities which must be completed.
Detailed program accreditation information can be found on page 3 of the program handbook.
Professional course sequencing and specific requirements for graduation can be found on page and 13 of the program handbook.
Upon completion of all program requirements and supervised practice
hours, graduates may sit for a national examination administered by the
Commission on Dietetic Registration. Successful completion of the exam
earns the graduate the CDR credential.
Subsequent to credentialing, the DTR must complete continuing professional education to maintain registration.