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Spring 2016 Course Catalog 
Spring 2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dietetic Technician (Nutrition Care) A.A.S.

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Division: Natural and Health Science
Academic Dept: Food Service Administration
HEGIS: 5404
Curriculum Chair: Teresa Schlanger
Telephone: 914-606-6750

A Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Spring 2016. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.

Program Description

Working under the guidance of a registered dietitian, the dietetic technician is responsible for securing and evaluating a patient’s diet history; interpreting a physician’s diet orders; assisting patients in making menu selections; instructing individuals, families, or groups about normal nutrition and routine medical nutrition therapy; planning menus at different economic levels in accordance with varying cultural patterns; and collecting needed information from a patient’s chart to formulate a nutrition care plan. Additionally, students are exposed to the functions of a hospital food service, preparing them for management positions in this or similar types of establishments.

A unique aspect of this program of study is the 450-hour, professionally supervised clinical practice in area hospitals, nursing homes, and community agencies. This experience enables students to implement the skills and principles taught in the classroom. Students are required to wear the designated uniform in clinical practice.

A malpractice fee is payable each academic year that the student is enrolled in a practicum, and a physical examination is required once yearly.

The Dietetic Technician program is designed primarily for students who plan to seek employment directly upon graduation. Graduates have secured positions in health care facilities (hospitals and nursing homes), community agencies, and wellness and weight reduction centers. Graduates also may transfer to baccalaureate programs. Our students benefit from transfer agreements with local four-year colleges.

Our Dietetic Technician program currently is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Graduates are eligible to take the certifying exam to become “Dietetic Technician, Registered” when they earn a verification statement upon graduating.

Students enrolled in the Dietetic Technician Program must maintain a minimum grade of “C” in required departmental courses in order to continue in the program.

For students who plan to transfer directly from Westchester Community College into four-year programs specializing in nutrition and/or dietetics, Foods and Nutrition A.S. , is also offered.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Program will produce graduates who are competent, entry level dietetic technicians.
  2. Program will produce graduates who demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.
  3. Program will produce graduates who provide comprehensive nutrition care based on accurate and complete assessment, careful planning and recognition of resource limitations.
  4. Program will produce graduates who demonstrate the ability to use efficiently and effectively the techniques and tools for managing food service systems.
  5. Graduates will demonstrate a life-long approach to learning.

Related Resources

  • More information about the program can be found on the Dietetic Technician Program page at
  • For more information regarding the dietetics profession, please visit

General Education Requirements - 29 Credits

Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .

Basic Communication (3 credits)

Humanities (3 credits)

Mathematics (3 credits)

Select ONE of the following courses:

The Arts, Foreign Language, or Other World Civilizations (3 credits)

  • Select a course from ONE of the following categories:

                    The Arts – see SUNY General Education Courses  
                    Foreign Languages – see SUNY General Education Courses 
                    Other World Civilizations – see SUNY General Education Courses 

American History or Western Civilization (3 credits)

  • Select a course from ONE of the following categories:

                    American History – see SUNY General Education Courses  
                    Western Civilization – see SUNY General Education Courses  

Degree Requirements - 35 Credits

Program Notes:

Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 to stay in the program.

Required Screening
Students admitted into this program must complete, at their own expense, a successful criminal background check and drug screening prior to beginning clinical courses. Please consult the curriculum chair of your program for additional details regarding the timetable and procedure for completing these requirements.

Minimum Total Credits - 64

Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .

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