Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) and Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) offer a Dietetic Technology Consortium Program for students interested in becoming a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR).
The Dietetic Technology Consortium Program is an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree emphasizing medical nutrition therapy and food service management. Students acquire the knowledge and skills foundation to work in dietetics through the integration of classroom learning and 466 hours of supervised practice in locations throughout the valley. Emphasis is placed on the development of communication and human relations techniques that prepare the graduate for professional success.
Students who have a B.A./B.S. degree from an approved dietetics program are eligible to become a DTR by completing the internship hours. For information on credit by evaluation for life experiences, please refer to the college catalog.
Dietetic Technicians are an integral part of health care and food service management teams. They work independently or in partnership with Registered Dietitians in a variety of settings:
- Clinical: Hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, retirement centers, home health care programs, and research facilities.
- Food Service: Schools, daycare centers, correctional facilities, restaurants, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.
- Community and Public Health: WIC programs, public health agencies, and community health programs.
- Wellness: Health clubs, weight management clinics, and community wellness centers.
- Business: Food companies, food vendors, and food distributors.
Following the completion of the AAS degree at CGCC or PVCC, students must pass a national written examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to be granted the credential of Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR).
The Dietetic Technology Consortium Program has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 800-877-1600, ext. 5400, www.eatright.org.
The Dietetic Technology Program Student Manual is available to students interested in the program. Click on Documents & Forms. It includes further information including a New Student Orientation Checklist, Recommended Course Sequence, and General Information on Practicums.
Advisement is needed in order to be ready for the supervised practice classes. You must contact the Program Director, Susan Gaumont, at email@example.com.