When registering for the final semester of the Dietetic Technician Program, students must petition for associate degree completion. Upon receiving the completed application, a degree audit will be performed and graduation information will be mailed four weeks prior to the commencement ceremony.
Successful completion of the Dietetic Technician Program results in an Associate of Applied Science degree. Graduates of the associate degree educational program are known as Dietetic Technicians (DT).
Program graduates are eligible to write the computer-based Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Commission certifies that dietetic technicians have acquired, maintained and continue to advance their professional skills within their chosen area of practice.
After successful completion of the Registration Examination, examinees are awarded their desired credential: Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR). DTRs must then earn 50 hours of continuing education every five years to maintain their "DTR" status.
Program graduates also are eligible to complete an examination to become a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM), Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP) through the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals, which affirms the graduate is well prepared to manage a busy foodservice operation. For additional information, visit www.anfpoline.org
The Dietetic Technician Program (DTP), accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, prepares students for employment in the areas of nutrition care, food and nutrition management, community nutrition, wellness and business.
The DTP is a selective admission two-year, five (5) semester Program, beginning Fall Semester each year. The Program accepts twenty-four (24) students once each year.
The DTP will provide general and technical didactic coursework and supervised practice experiences for students to attain the knowledge, skills and competencies defined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Program is designed to prepare students to successfully address the ever-changing needs of consumers and employers in food, nutrition and dietetics.
Based on the ACEND 2012 Accreditation Standards for Dietetic Technician Programs, course offerings include...
Most general education courses are offered Fall, Spring and Summer semesters during the day or evening, with some offered on the weekend. Students may take these classes on both the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses.
All dietetic technician students are required to have a medical history and physical examination completed prior to their first clinical laboratory off-campus. Students are responsible for any fees incurred as a result of completing the required health form, lab work and immunizations. Background checks (BCI & I and FBI) must be completed yearly at the students expense.
Essential functions are the basic activities that you must be able to perform to complete the Dietetic Technician Program's curriculum. You must be able to:
You must determine your ability to achieve these functions of the Program. If you require special accommodations to fulfill Program requirements, schedule an appointment with Disability Services at (567) 661-7007 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7007.
View the Office of Student Accounts website for projected cost, including current tuition and general fees.
Program fees include:
The laboratories for the Food Principles & Production course are held in the Food Labs at Bowling Green State University and the Culinary Arts Lab, housed on the Toledo Campus of Owens. The Math-Science building features science laboratories, cold storage facilities and high-tech classrooms. In addition, facilities, agencies and organizations related to healthcare in Toledo and the surrounding areas foster the teaching and learning process.
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.
Have questions about salary, employment opportunities, professional practice experiences, the profession or the curriculum? Contact Joann Gruner, MBA, RD, LD, Chair-Food, Nutrition & Hospitality at (567) 661-7214 or or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7214.