Dietetic Technician Associate

Want to start your career in nutrition in just two years? The Dietetic Technician associate program gives you the skills needed to succeed in the field.

What You'll Study

The associate program is designed to prepare you to be able to provide nutritional care for individuals and families.

Dietetic technicians often work in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, day care centers and government agencies. You will be helping to plan and prepare meals for individuals with special nutritional needs, with daily tasks assisting the registered dietitian that might include:

  • Translating nutritional needs into an acceptable meal plan with consideration of psychological, sociological and economic factors;
  • Teaching the principles of nutrition and their relationships to health and diseases, and suggesting strategies to apply those ideas;
  • Managing food service systems to ensure the client receives optimal nutrition and high quality food;
  • Preparing the registered dietician for professional practice.

2015-2020 Mission Statement:  The Dietetic Technician Program at Youngstown State University strives to provide our students with a combination of didactic coursework and supervised practice experiences to elicit both knowledge comprehension and application.  Following the guidelines set-forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), our students are prepared for a nutrition career in a variety of clinical, community or food service settings.

YSU-DT Program Goals & Objectives 2017 – 2020

Goal #1 Graduates of the YSU- DT program will have met competencies and developed skill sets to be prepared for entry-level practice in a variety of nutrition settings.

Objective 1: At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).*

Objective 2: 70 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for nutrition and dietetics technicians within 12 months of program completion. *

Objective 3: The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for nutrition and dietetics technicians is at least 70%.*

Objective 4: Of graduates who seek employment, 70 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.*

Goal #2   Graduates of the YSU – DT program will meet employer expectations for entry-level practice as a qualified and competent nutrition professional.

Objective 1:  100% of graduates will be rated as ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Outstanding’ by preceptors during summer practicum competency evaluations.*

*Data for program outcomes is available upon request.  Outcomes are measured annually and utilized as a means for program improvement as needed.


  • Dietetic Technician Associate

    You will take two years of courses to complete the program before being issued a verification statement to take the Commission on Dietetic Program Registration exam for Dietetic Technicians. Upon successful completion, you will be able to use the initials "DTR" to signify professional designation.

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Internships and Jobs

  •  Hospitals
  •  Nursing homes
  •  Schools in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania