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Dietetic Technician (AS) Health Sciences Total Units: 41
Term Effective: Fall 2023


The Dietetic Technician Major prepares individuals to manage an efficient, safe and healthful food service or to work in health promotion in the community. Students acquire skills for supervising both food production and personnel in health care and other food service institutions; for assisting individuals in the selection of food; and for assisting dietitians with nutrition screening and education.

Courses include both classroom instruction and supervised field experience in community nutrition and local food service establishments. The Dietetic Technician major courses meet the minimal requirement of the California Department of Health Services for managing the food service department in a health care facility. Some required courses have strictly enforced prerequisites.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Take and pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Exam for Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR) or be prepared to continue education in nutrition, dietetics, or foodservice at a higher level;
  2. Communicate clearly and professionally as a Dietetic Technician, Registered, in written and verbal formats;
  3. Apply basic knowledge of nutrition and physiology in assisting individuals with health promotion and disease prevention;
  4. Prepare nutritional care plans for and provide counseling to clients from diverse cultural and social backgrounds at various stages in the lifecycle;
  5. Manage cost control, purchasing, inventory, meal production, employee scheduling and supervision of foodservice workers for safe and sanitary commercial food production;
  6. Use leadership skills to motivate employees to work as a team in an efficient and effective manner that meets or exceeds client expectations; and
  7. Exhibit professional behaviors in all aspects of work as competent DTRs.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Dietetic Technician (AS) program are:

  • Complete 41 units from
    • Dietetic Technician Prerequisites
    • Dietetic Technician Requirements

Dietetic Technician Prerequisites - complete 9.00 units
DIET 50Sanitation and Safety2.00
FDNT 10Elementary Nutrition3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
DIET 70Introduction to Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Service1.00
FDNT 70Introduction to Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Service1.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
PHYSIO 1Human Physiology5.00
PHYSIO 58Introduction to Human Physiology3.00
Dietetic Technician Requirements - complete 32.00 units
DIET 52Management Training Techniques3.00
DIET 55Food Production Management2.00
DIET 107.1Dietetic Technician 1: Lecture1.00
DIET 107.1LDietetic Technician 1: Supervised Field Experience4.00
DIET 107.2Dietetic Technician 2: Lecture1.00
DIET 107.2LDietetic Technician 2: Supervised Field Experience4.00
DIET 176Applied Nutrition Therapy3.00
DIET 176LApplied Nutrition Therapy Lab1.00
DIET 191Counseling and Group Facilitation Skills in Healthcare3.00
FDNT 75Principles of Food3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
COMM 1Introduction to Public Speaking3.00
COMM 4Survey of Communication3.00
COMM 6Interpersonal Communication3.00
PSYCH 1AGeneral Psychology3.00
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2023

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Dietetic Technician - effective Fall 2022
Dietetic Technician - effective Fall 2021
Dietetic Technician - effective Fall 2020
Dietetic Technician - effective Fall 2018
Dietetic Technician - effective Fall 2016
Dietetic Technician - effective Fall 2011
Dietetic Technician - effective Fall 2009

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Students must apply to the program during the application period stated on the department website. The following prerequisite courses will need to be done and/or in progress at time of application. All classes must be passed with a grade of C or better prior to starting the program if work is in progress by application deadline.

  • DIET 50
  • FDNT 10
  • DIET/FDNT 70
  • PHYSIO 58 or PHYSIO 1
General education can be completed at any time either before or during the program.
All courses taken in conjunction with this program must be completed with a letter grade of 'C' or better.
Recommended elective: FDNT 60: Nutrition and Physical Fitness.
Students will complete a portfolio demonstrating competency in entry-level Dietetic Technician skills as part of their Supervised Field Experience classes, DIET 107.1L and 107.2L.

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