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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Dietetic Technician?

A Dietetic Technician is a food and nutrition practitioner who has completed at least a two-year associate's degree at a US regionally accredited university or college. The majority of Dietetic Technicians work with Registered Dietitians in a variety of employment settings including nursing care facilities, hospitals, physician offices, clinics or other health-care facilities. In addition, a large number of Dietetic Technicians work in community and public health settings such as school or day care centers, correctional facilities, weight management clinics and WIC programs as nutrition counselors.

Is there a credential for a Dietetic Technician?

Yes. The Dietetic Technology Program at Owens Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. When an individual has successfully completed the Dietetic Technology Program, with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dietetic Technology from Owens Community College (including the completion of a minimum of 450 supervised practice hours) and successfully completed the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians; the initials “DTR”, Dietetic Technician, Registered, are awarded.

DTR's are required to complete 50 hours of approved continuing professional education every five years with the development of a Professional Development Portfolio through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

What is the average salary for a Dietetic Technician?

According to Academy's 2009 Dietetic Compensation and Benefits Survey, half of all DTRs in the US who have been working in the field full-time less than five years earn between $33,800 and $37,700 per year. Salary levels vary with region, employment setting, geographical location, scope of responsibility and supply of DTRs.

What is the current job outlook for Dietetic Technicians?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in employment of dietetic practitioners is expected to grow due to the increased emphasis on disease prevention, a growing and aging population, and a public interest in nutrition. Employment in hospitals is expected to show little change because of anticipated slow growth and reduced lengths of hospital stay; however, faster growth is anticipated in nursing homes, residential care facilities and physician clinics.

How long is the Dietetic Technician Program?

The DTP is a 2 year program that includes didactic and supervised practice/practicum experience.

I already have some college credit; can I complete the program in less than 2 years?

Due to the sequencing of courses, it takes 2 years to complete the Dietetic Technology courses and associated supervised practice/practicum experiences.

Do the Dietetic Technology courses at Owens transfer to a four-year institution?

Each institution varies in specific course transfer. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics publishes a list of accredited dietetics programs by State, which offers potential four year institutions. See:

Graduates of the Dietetic Technician Program have the option of transferring to Eastern Michigan University to pursue a bachelor's degree in dietetics. An articulation agreement is in place to ensure a seamless transition from Owens into EMU's Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Students are encouraged to meet with the Chair of the Dietetic Technician Program at the beginning of the first semester for curriculum advising and program entrance requirements.

Are there scholarships or financial aid available?

Yes. Owens Community College maintains an Oserve Office on each campus. Oserve is the place for you to ask questions related to financial aid. Contact: 1-800-GO OWENS ext. 7378 or (567) 661-7378 Email:

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation offers scholarships to encourage eligible students to enter the field of dietetics. Student members of the Academy enrolled in the first year of study in an ACEND-accredited dietetic technician program may apply for a Foundation scholarship for use in the second year of study. Contact the Academy's Accreditation and Education Programs Team (800/877-1600, ext. 5400 or for Foundation scholarship information.

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