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Dietetic Technician Program

Megan Murphy, Program Coordinator

Southwest Tennessee Community College offers course work which leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree as a Dietetic Technician. After completion of degree requirements, students receive a Verification of Completion Statement and are eligible to take the national registration exam. Upon passing the exam, the graduate will be a Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR).

The mission of the Dietetic Technician Program is to prepare its graduates for career entry into the Dietetic profession by training competent graduates to facilitate the nutrition care process and manage food delivery systems for patient care. The program addresses educational needs of students, employers and communities in Shelby and Fayette Counties and the surrounding Mid-South regions as well as providing instruction in nutrition for other academic disciplines at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Dietetic Technicians often work in partnership with registered dietitians and screen, evaluate and educate patients; manage and prevent diseases such as diabetes and obesity and monitors patient's progress and status. Dietetic Technicians often work in hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, foodservice providers, school food service and community nutrition programs.

The Dietetic Technician Program at Southwest Tennessee Community College is accredited by the:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
120 S. Riverside Plaza Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6999

They can be reached by calling 800-877-1600, extension 5400.

Students not interested in an associate degree, can obtain a certificate in Food Preparation, Safety and Service.