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Dietetic Technician (DIT.S.AAS)

  • Division: Health Sciences
  • Department: Dietetics and Nutrition

Graduates of the Dietetic Technician (DIT) program are trained food and nutrition practitioners that work under the supervision of a registered dietitian. As an integral member of the health care and food service management teams, they influence food choices and lifestyles to promote optimal health.

The program consists of five major domains that include clinical, community, education, management and foodservice systems. It is designed to be completed in five (5) consecutive semesters on a full-time basis. Some students elect to attend on a part-time basis, extending the length of study to three academic years. The curriculum consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The limited enrollment coursework includes 465 hours of unpaid directed practice experiences at area community, food service and health care facilities. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required, as well as a grade of C or higher in all program courses.

Students of Sinclair’s Dietetic and Nutritional Management Program are eligible to become members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), a nationally recognized organization located at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 200, Chicago Illinois 60606, 1-800-877-1600, www.eatright.org. This specially designed program enables students to enjoy benefits of student AND membership while attending school. Graduates are eligible for active AND membership. Benefits include networking, professional growth, educational enrichment, and developing leadership skills. The graduate is eligible to take the National Credentialing Exam to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR).

Note: For students under age 18 there may be restrictions on participating in certain Health Sciences programs. Any student under age 18 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll.

Program Accreditation

The Dietetic Technician program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) a nationally recognized organization located at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago Illinois 60606-6995, 1-800-872-5327, www.eatrightpro.org/acend. It is also approved by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals ANFP) a national not-for-profit association located at 406 Surrey Woods Dr., St. Charles, IL 60174, 1-800-323-1908, www.anfponline.org

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