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Welcome to the Dietetic Technician Program (DTP) at LaGuardia Community College. This website contains materials regarding policies relating to the Dietetic Technician Program. It is meant to assist you and provide guidance from entrance to graduation. This website, however, is not all inclusive, and is designed to supplement the LaGCC Catalog.
As students progress through the Program, they will receive additional course specific materials which will provide more detailed information relating to the individual course.
For further information, consult LaGuardia’s college policies located in the LaGCC Student Handbook and in the LaGCC College Catalog 2012. If answers to any of your pertinent questions cannot be found in either this Handbook or the College Catalog, please contact:
The mission of the Dietetic Technician Program (DTP) at LaGCC is to prepare dietetic technicians to be competent to enter the workforce with an appreciation for and dedication to service learning, while meeting the changing demands for dietetics professionals in the greater New York metropolitan area.
To prepare students for the present and future needs of the workplace as dietetic technicians, registered (DTR).
To foster an appreciation for service to the community.
The Dietetic Technician Program at LaGuardia Community College is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) the accrediting agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 312/899-0040. ACEND is the national accrediting agency for dietetics education.
A copy of the accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995 or by calling 800-877-1600, extension 5400 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.eatright.org/ACEND. In order to meet the ACEND standards, data on DTP outcomes is conducted. Data is collected in a variety of areas. Data for outcomes measures is available upon request from the Program Director.
ACEND will review complaints that relate to a program’s compliance with the accreditation standards. The commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dietetics education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individual matters of admission, appointment, or promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff, or students.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the Dietetic Technician Registration (DTR) exam. The exam is administered through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) is a graduate of an ACEND accredited DTP who has successfully passed the registration exam.Program graduates are also eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals. Success on this exam grants the credential of Certified Dietary Manager (CDM).
To become a DTR, you will need to:
***Verification Statement/Dietetic Technician Registration Examination
Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the student will receive a “Student Exit Packet” from the program director. The student will submit to the program director the completed material needed for the registration examination for dietetic technicians. The program director will submit graduate information to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians. The student will receive a Verification Statement Form established by the commission on Dietetic Registration. This form is used by the CDR to verify that specific qualifications have been met to take the DTR examination. It is the graduate’s responsibility to make arrangements to take the DTR examination.
Students may wish to continue their studies at a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. By completing an ACEND approved bachelor’s degree program and a dietetic internship (or equivalent) a student is eligible to take the dietitian’s registration examination. After successful completion of this examination, an individual is a Registered Dietitian (RD).
Area colleges accept the majority of LaGuardia course credits towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. DTP graduates transfer to Queens College, Brooklyn College, Lehman College, and NYU. The LaGCC DTP is a participant in the NYU Community College Transfer Opportunity Program. NYU accepts all the credits earned by a DTP graduate at LaGuardia.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-SHRP Bachelor of Science in Health Science offers a Coordinated Dietetics Program within the Department of Nutritional Science. It is a flexible distance education program designed specifically for the Registered Dietetic Technician (DTR). The program consists of didactic course work and clinical rotations. All course work is offered through the internet on Angel. Only students who have passed the DTR exam are eligible for this unique program.
Two national organizations represent the Dietetic Technician professionally. These organizations are the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals. Graduates of the DTP are eligible for membership in both of these organizations.
Students can become members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The cost for student membership is $50.00 (2012-13). Once a member, students will receive the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a monthly publication, and they can join any practice group within the organization. The Dietetic Technicians in Practice is one in particular that focuses on the role of the DT in the delivery of food and nutrition services. Students can also become student members in the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals. The cost for student membership in ANFP is $60.00 (2012-13).
Registered Dietetic technicians work independently or as a team member under the supervision of registered dietitians in a variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, community/public health, foodservice and research. The level of independent work that a DTR experiences on the job is based on experience, the job itself, and the need of the facility.
Many work environments require that an individual be credentialed as a DTR. DTRs work in:
The salary of a DTR is influenced by many factors such as the amount of applicable past work experience and the need of the institution. The typical entry salary for a DTR in the New York Metropolitan Area is approximately $35,000.