This program prepares students for a career as a dietetic technician in a health care facility, school, day care center, correction facility, corporation or community health setting. The Dietetic Technology Program is currently granted Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400. Graduates are eligible for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to write the registration examination for dietetic technicians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to become a Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR). Students are also eligible for membership in the Dietary Managers Association and to sit for the credentialing examination to become a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM).
What will students learn by studying Dietetic Technology? They study the management of food service systems and how to function at the mid-management level in assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the food service operations and nutrition care plans. They learn in the classroom and in clinical settings.
Can students who major in Dietetic Technology transfer to a four-year college or university? Many four year colleges and universities will apply the courses taken towards a Bachelor's degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition and hotel, restaurant management. The College has official articulation agreements with NYU, the College of St. Elizabeth, and Montclair State University.
Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking classes in the major? Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra I competency must be verified with a passing score on the College's placement test. Students also need a grade of "C" or higher in one year of high school laboratory science.
How long will it take to complete this degree? Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.
The following Practical considerations are listed so students may be better able to assess their career choice in terms of ability to succeed in the program and gain employment in the field:
1. Have written and oral communication skills in the englishlanguage to effectively and accurately communicate withpatients, peers and supervisors.
2. Have sufficient visual acuity to accurately assess patientconditions and treat patients safely.
3. Must have the physical capability to withstand prolonged standing and walking, working near mechanical parts, and the ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
4. Demonstrate acceptable affective behaviors required by health care employees such as maintaining excellent attendance and integrity and being able to work under pressure.
5. Comprehend and follow clinical policies and procedures related to the profession you choose.
Due to the nature of clinical experiences in Dietetic Technology Program, students will be participating in a work environment that has the potential of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases. All students accepted into the Dietetic Technology Program are provided with instruction on infection control protocols specific to the Program in order to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
A student is required to have a criminal background check performed with satisfactory results acceptable by Middlesex County College, and the Dietetic Technology Program and/or participating clinical facilities as a condition of admission, initial enrollment and/orcontinued enrollment. An offer of admission will not be final and enrollment not permitted until the completion of a satisfactory criminal background check. Drug testing is a requirement for some of the programs. Admission may be denied or rescinded or enrollment terminated based on the results of the criminal background check and the drug testing.