Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) and Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) offer a Dietetic Technology Consortium Program for students interested in becoming a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR).
The Dietetic Technology (DT) 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 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.
Admission requirements for PVCC, and therefore the DT Consortium Program, are listed on page 15 of the Student Manual. Program prerequisites are listed on page 7 of the Student Manual, and there is currently not an application process for entry into the program. It is recommended that students set up a meeting with a Nutrition and Dietetics Program Advisor prior to enrolling in classes. This can be done by completing the Student Interest Form on the home page.
Graduation and program completion requirements for which the program is accredited can be found in the program’s Student Manual. Availability of financial aid, scholarship stipends, etc. can also be found in the program’s Student Manual. Students who have a B.A./B.S. degree from an approved dietetics program are eligible to become an NDTR by completing the practicum hours. For information on credit by evaluation for job/professional experiences, please refer to the PVCC College Catalog.
Following the completion of the AAS degree at PVCC or CGCC, students must pass a national written examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to be granted the credential of Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR). The requirements and process to become a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) including education and supervised practice can be found in the program’s Student Manual.
Estimated expenses for travel, housing, books, liability insurance, medical exams, drug testing, background checks, verification of student identity (such as for distance learning), uniforms and other program-specific costs/fees, in addition to any institutional fees and tuition can also be found in the program’s Student Manual.
The Dietetic Technology Consortium Program has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 800-877-1600, ext 5400, www.eatright.org.
Job Description and Opportunities:
The Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) is prepared to play a key role in providing quality, cost-effective client care and food service management in a variety of employment settings. Job responsibilities may include patient counseling and education in basic and therapeutic nutrition, medical record documentation, health promotion and disease prevention, menu development, and supervisory and administrative skills related to nutrition services and institutional food production. NDTRs are an integral part of health care and food service management teams. They work independently or in partnership with Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RDNs) 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; wellness; health clubs, and weight management clinics; business; food companies, food venders, and food distributors.