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Dietetic Technology
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

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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.

Practical Considerations:

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.

Health Considerations:

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.

Legal Considerations:

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.

Dietetic Technology Program Mission and Goals:

The Dietetic Technology Program at Middlesex County College is a program within the Hospitality, Culinary Arts, and Dietetics Department in the Division of Professional Studies. The Program is designed to give students the appropriate educational background and clinical training needed to function as a Dietetic Technician in a variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, school food service, public health, foodservice, management, and research. The Program emphasis is on both management of foodservice systems and the promotion of health through proper nutrition. It is designed to prepare the graduate to function at the mid-management level in assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the foodservice operation, and treat and prevent disease through the administration of medical nutrition therapy as an integral part of the health care team.

The mission of the Dietetic Technology Program at Middlesex County College is to provide a competency-based education that is responsive to the needs of the dietetics profession, emphasizing academic excellence and individual success through a student-centered learning environment. The mission of Middlesex County College guides the Dietetic Technology Program mission, which uniquely focuses on a competency-based education, centered on the ACEND Standards.

The Dietetic Technology Program has a planned curriculum that is based on the foundation knowledge and skills and competencies defined for an entry-level dietetic technician. The Program Goals and Objectives are met within the didactic, laboratory and supervised practice components. There is a smooth flow of didactic and supervised practice components to allow for application of theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to the supervised practice setting. Student assignments in the supervised practice segment are applications of what has been learned in the didactic and laboratory settings.       

The Middlesex County College Dietetic Technician Program has developed program goals and objectives that reflect the College mission and the Dietetic Technology Program mission and are accomplished through activities conducted by the faculty, preceptors, and graduates. The Dietetic Technology Program has established expected outcomes with appropriate target measures to assess achievement of each goal and has a written plan for ongoing assessment of the Program's mission, goals and expected outcomes. Results of the assessment process are used to identify strengths and areas for improvement relative to components of the Dietetic Technology Program as they relate to policies, procedures, curriculum, faculty and other resources. The Dietetic Technology Program programmatic planning and outcomes assessment is integrated with Middlesex County College planning and assessment. Upon request, data outlining achievement of program goals is available to ACEND and the public.

Program Goal #1:
The Dietetic Technology Program will prepare graduates to be employed as entry-level dietetic technicians and/or continue their education at the baccalaureate level.

For Program Goal #1, there are six outcome measures that have been aligned to this goal:

  1. At least 75% of the Dietetic Technology Program students will complete the Program requirements within three years of enrolling in the Introduction to Dietetic Technology course.
  2. Over a five-year period, the one-year pass rate for the DTR exam for Dietetic Technology Program graduates will be at least 70%.
  3. At least 70% of Dietetic Technology graduates who sought employment in dietetics or a related field will be employed within twelve months following graduation or enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program within twelve months following graduation.
  4. Three years after completing the Dietetic Technology Program, 90% of the graduates who responded to the survey will report their performance as competent or proficient entry-level dietetic technicians.
  5. Three years after completing the Dietetic Technology Program, 90% of employers who responded to the survey will rate the Dietetic Technology Program graduate as competent or proficient in work performance.
  6. Within 3 years of completing the Dietetic Technology Program, Didactic (DP/DPD) or Coordinated Undergraduate Program (DE/CUP) faculty advisors will rate 75% of the Dietetic Technology Program graduates at least adequately prepared for the Didactic or Coordinated Undergraduate Program curricula.

Program Goal #2:
The DTEP will provide a challenging and stimulating sequential academic program that establishes high expectations and reflects standards appropriate to dietetic practice.
For Program Goal #3, there are seven(7) outcome measures that have been aligned to this goal:

  1. At least 80% of the Dietetic Technology students completing a course evaluation form will indicate a rating of at least 3.0 on a 5.0 Likert Scale for DTC and HCD course instructors.
  2. At least 80% of the Dietetic Technology students completing a course evaluation form will indicate a rating of at least 3.0 on a 5.0 Likert Scale for DTC and HCD required courses.
  3. At least 80% of the Dietetic Technology students completing a preceptor evaluation form will indicate a rating of at least 3.0 on a 5.0 Likert Scale for supervised field experience preceptors.
  4. Over a five-year period, the Dietetic Technology Program will have a retention rate of at least 65% during the first year of enrollment.
  5. 100% of the graduating students will participate in a Graduating Student Exit Interview as part of the graduation preparation process.
  6. In an annual survey of Dietetic Technology Program preceptors, at least 90% of preceptors responding will agree or strongly agree with established performance statements.

Program Goal #3:
The DTEP will prepare students to develop a commitment to lifelong learning, professional development, and service to the community.
For Program Goal #3, there are seven(7) outcome measures that have been aligned to this goal:

  1. At least 75% of students enrolled in Dietetic Technology courses (DTC) will be members of the Middlesex County College Dietetic Technology Club.
  2. Three years after completing the Dietetic Technology Program, 90% of employers who responded to the survey will rate the DTEP graduate as satisfied or very satisfied with regard to exhibiting professional and ethical behavior.
  3. Three years after completing the Dietetic Technology Program, 50% of Dietetic Technology Program graduates will report continued membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  4. Three years after completing the Dietetic Technology Program, 50% of the graduates will report participation in at least one professional activity since graduation.
  5. The number of diverse students completing the Dietetic Technology Program will be at least 40% of the total students graduating.
  6. Three years after completing the Dietetic Technology Program, 50% of the graduates will report participation in at least one community service activity since graduation.
  7. Three years after completing the Dietetic Technology Program, 75% of the graduates will provide a positive response to the following question: using your professional skills, are you contributing to your community-at-large?