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Mrs. Amy Raabe, Program Coordinator

Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs), are trained in Food and Nutrition and are an integral part of health care and food service management teams. The associate degree coursework for dietetic technicians includes a variety of classes in food and nutrition sciences, food service systems management, and a range of general science courses. Dietetic Technicians, Registered work independently or on teams with Registered Dietitians in a variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, public health, food service, and research.

Upon completion of the DT program, graduates are issued a Verification Statement that confirms their eligibility to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination for Dietetic Technicians. Successful completion of the exam allows the graduate to use "DTR" as the practice credential.

Admission to the DT program requires an application and meeting Admission Criteria:
GPA > 2.5 and "C or better grades" for the following courses:

  • HMEC 1550 - Intro to Human Ecology Professions
  • ENGL 1550 - Writing 1
  • FNUT 1551 - Normal Nutrition
  • BIOL 1551/1551L - Anatomy & Physiology 1 and Lab

Most of the required courses for the DT program can be applied to the BSAS programs in food and nutrition.
The associate degree program is accredited by:
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the American Dietetic Association
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago,  Illinois

For more information, visit the Human Ecology Department in Cushwa 3325 or contact Mrs. Amy Raabe at 330-941-1823 or

General Education Requirements - Basic Skills
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Quantitative Reasoning
Introduction to the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services
Arts & Humanities elective3
Social Sciences Requirements
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
Natural Science Requirements
CHEM 1505Allied Health Chemistry 13
CHEM 1505LAllied Health Chemistry 1 Laboratory0
BIOL 1551Anatomy and Physiology 13
BIOL 1551LAnatomy 1 Laboratory for Health Professions1
BIOL 1552Anatomy and Physiology 24
BIOL 1552LAnatomy and Physiology 2 Laboratory0
Other Accreditation Requirements
ACCT 1503Elementary Accounting3
or HMGT 2603 Hospitality Managerial Accounting 1
BIOL 1560Microbiology for the Health Professions2
BIOL 1560LMicrobiology Laboratory for Health Professions1
COUN 2651Foundations of Helping Skills for Human Ecology Professionals2
or COUN 2650 Foundations of Helping Skills for Allied Health Professionals
Major Courses - C or better grade required
HMEC 1550Human Ecology Professions1
FNUT 1512Food Safety and Sanitation1
FNUT 1551Normal Nutrition3
FNUT 1553Food Science and Management Principles3
FNUT 1553LFood Science and Management Principles Laboratory1
FNUT 2603Medical Nutrition Therapy 13
FNUT 2603LMedical Nutrition Therapy 1 Lab1
FNUT 2609LFood Systems: Supervised Practice3
FNUT 2610Organization and Management3
FNUT 2612Food Systems: Operation, Production, and Service3
FNUT 2612LFood Systems: Operations, Production, and Service Laboratory2
FNUT 2613LMedical Nutrition Therapy Supervised Practice4
FNUT 2628Practicum in Dietetic Technology3
FNUT 2652LNutrition Assessment Laboratory1

Final grade of C or better required in all major courses. Courses cannot be taken Credit/No Credit.

Application forms available in the Department of Human Ecology.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
FNUT 1551 Normal Nutrition 3
FNUT 1553
Food Science and Management Principles
and Food Science and Management Principles Laboratory
HAHS 1500 Introduction to the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services 2
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
 Semester Hours15
HMEC 1550 Human Ecology Professions 1
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
FNUT 2612
Food Systems: Operation, Production, and Service
and Food Systems: Operations, Production, and Service Laboratory
BIOL 1551
Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Anatomy 1 Laboratory for Health Professions
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
FNUT 1512 Food Safety and Sanitation 1
 Semester Hours17
BIOL 1560
Microbiology for the Health Professions
and Microbiology Laboratory for Health Professions
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours6
Year 2
CHEM 1505
Allied Health Chemistry 1
and Allied Health Chemistry 1 Laboratory
FNUT 2603
Medical Nutrition Therapy 1
and Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 Lab
BIOL 1552
Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Anatomy and Physiology 2 Laboratory
COUN 2651 Foundations of Helping Skills for Human Ecology Professionals 2
FNUT 2652L Nutrition Assessment Laboratory 1
 Semester Hours14
FNUT 2610 Organization and Management 3
FNUT 2609L Food Systems: Supervised Practice 3
FNUT 2613L Medical Nutrition Therapy Supervised Practice 4
ACCT 1503 Elementary Accounting 3
 Semester Hours13
FNUT 2628 Practicum in Dietetic Technology 3
Arts & Humanities Elective  
 Semester Hours3
 Total Semester Hours68

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the dietetic technician program, graduates will

  • Be able to practice as competent dietetic technicians.
  • Meet the workforce needs for DTRs in the Mahoning Valley.
  • Practice a high degree of professionalism.