Dietetic Technician (AAS Degree) Details

Degree Requirements

Dietetic Technician A.A.S. Degree – Pathway I
Total 62 credits

General Education Requirements:
The general education requirements indicated below by an asterisk (*) must be completed before applying for admission to the Dietetic Technician Program. Students must have earned a grade of “C” or better. Completion of required Chemistry (CHM) course within last (5) five years. Refer to College Catalog for course descriptions and course pre-requisites.

Written Communication (3):
* ENG101 English Composition III (3) OR ENG121 Applied Technical Writing (3)

Mathematics (3):
* BUS101 (3) OR MAT118 Essential Math (4) or higher

Physical and Biological Science (8)
* BIO160 Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR BIO201 AND BIO202
* CHM138 Chemistry for Allied Health (4) OR CHM130 (4) equivalent or higher

Oral Communication (3)
COM100 Fundamentals Communication (3) or higher

Arts and Humanities (3)
Select courses numbered 100 or above in the following areas: Art, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and Theatre.

Social and Behavioral Science (3)
Select courses numbered 100 or above in the following areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

Recommended Proficiencies:
High school diploma or GED

Other Requirements:
Computer Competency (3):
AGB124 OR CIS110 or higher CIS transferable computer competency course

  • Completion of CHM course requirements within 5 years of beginning the program required. Completion of NTR course requirements after admissions to DT Program within 3 years for full time DTP students and 4.5 years for part-time DTP students.
  • Students must meet all ACEND requirements. CAC recommends that students work or volunteer in a nutrition-related field which is desirable for obtaining a facility and Internship Preceptor.
  • Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required courses for this A.A.S. degree.
  • Students must earn a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students must earn a minimum of 20 credits from CAC.

NTR Requirements – 2019-2020 (36 credits)
The following courses will be completed after students have been accepted into the Dietetic Technician AAS Degree Program

NTR150 Overview of Nutrition Professions (1)
NTR163 Orientation to the Dietetic Technician Program (1) Prerequisite: Acceptance in to Dietetic Technician Program
NTR200 Human Nutrition (3)
NTR142 Applied Food Science (3)
NTR123 Nutrition Throughout Life Cycle (3) Prerequisite: NTR200 or NTR104
NTR191 Nutrition Counseling Skill Development (3) Prerequisite: NTR200 or NTR104
NTR232a Food and Culture (1)
NTR201 Nutrition Literacy (1) Prerequisite: NTR200 or NTR104
NTR255 Nutrition Medical Terminology, Labs & Food Drug Interaction (1) Prerequisite: NTR200 or NTR104
NTR219 Community Nutrition (3) Prerequisite: NTR200 or NTR104
Elective Select 1 credit from NTR, PAC or DAN courses
NTR222 Nutrition Assessment and Medical Nutrition Therapy (3) Prerequisite: NTR123
NTR223 Food Service Management (3)
NTR157 Foundations of Dietetic Internships (2) Prerequisite: Program Director or Instructor consent
NTR295 Dietetic Technician Professional Practice Internship (1) (66 hours) Prerequisite: Program Director or Instructor consent
NTR296 Dietetic Technician Internship (6) (384 hours) Prerequisite: All Dietetic Technician A.A.S. degree requirements completed with a grade of “C” or better. Program Director or Instructor consent.

NTR courses only
(based on 2019-2020 Tuition and Fees)
 AZ Resident


 Out of State Resident


Tuition NTR courses (36 credits)



Textbooks (NTR courses)



Internship Fees ($40.00/cr. x 7 credits)



Malpractice Insurance



Background check, drug screening and immunizations.
Additional physician fees are not included
(which will vary by provider)
Other fees may be required by internship facilities.



Uniform/Lab Coat and Shoes



Health and Other Requirement Costs






Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership
(student membership $50.00 per year)



Conference Workshop fees
(optional but recommended)



NDTR Examination






Western Undergraduate Education Program (W.U.E.) allows full-time students (minimum 12 credits per semester) from the following western states who are seeking degrees or certificates to pay 150 percent resident tuition, rather than out-of-state tuition. Central Arizona College participates in the program along with other colleges and universities in AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA and WY. Note: Students must contact the Registrar’s Office to be charged the WUE tuition rate.

Advising & Transfer Credits

Academic Advising

Current Dietetic Technician Students – Questions regarding NTR courses:
Contact the Diet Tech Advisor from your CAC student email address and include your CAC student ID number. Please allow the Dietetic Technician Advisor up to two working days to respond.

General Education Courses – Questions for transferability of general education courses:
Contact the Online General Education Academic Advisor, with the course number, name, catalog description, number of credits, and college taken at or to be taken at.

Prospective Students Questions:
Email your questions to

Transferring Credits to CAC

Students who have attended other regionally accredited colleges/universities who are transferring credits to CAC, must:

  • Complete a Request for Transcript Evaluation form
  • Request official transcripts from colleges/universities attended previously and have them mailed to: Central Arizona College, Transcript Evaluation Office, 805 S. Idaho Rd. Apache Junction, AZ 85119

After the transcripts have been evaluated, the CAC Registrar’s office will mail a postcard to the student with instructions on how to login to the Online Information Services to review which classes transferred to CAC.

To be successful in the program, chemistry and nutrition coursework may not be older than 5 years. It is the student’s responsibility to follow up on transfer credits.

Applicants Fall 2020

Dietetic Technician Applicants for Fall 2020

Applications are accepted once a year for Fall semester entry to the Dietetic Technician Program. The DT admission process is highly competitive. Students must meet the admission requirements of the program and those required for admission to Central Arizona College.

There will be a maximum of 25 students admitted to the DTP annually. Application packets will be date-stamped upon receipt. In case of a tie, the tie breaker will be the earliest date that the application was received.


  • General education requirements (CHM, BIO, MAT, ENG) must be completed before applying for admission to the program. Students must have earned a grade of “C” or better. Completion of required Chemistry (CHM) course within last (5) five years.
  • Read the DT Program Handbook.
  • Apply to Central Arizona College Link to apply to CAC.

Application Dates/Deadline:

Application Packets will be accepted by mail only from February 1st through June 15th for entrance to the Fall semester. Faxed or emailed applications will not be considered. Notification letters will be mailed on or before July 6th.

All documents must be complete and typed. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. No documents will be returned.

Steps to Apply for Admissions to the DT Program/Application Packet

Step One – Application for Admission to DT Program

The Application Packet must include the following:

  1. Completed Application for Admission DTAAS Degree (to download this fillable form in Word, choose “Save as”).
  2. Letter of Intent explaining your interest in the field of dietetics and why you want to become a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered. Rubric for Letter of Intent.
  3. Two letters of Recommendation (from a colleague, current or past employer, current or former instructor).
  4. Official Transcripts to meet general education course work requirement.
    The Official Transcripts from colleges/universities you attended must be received in the original sealed envelope (with secured seal from the college/university). The transcript will not be considered official if the seal (closure) of the envelope is broken when it is received.

Step Two – Mail Application Packet to:

Central Arizona College
Dietetic Education Program – DTP
8470 N. Overfield Rd
Coolidge, AZ 85128

Step Three – Admission Status

Upon receipt of the application packet, an email confirmation will be sent to you from

Successful applicants will be notified with acceptance letters. Students that were not accepted at this time will also receive notification letters.

Other Information

Health Declaration:
It is essential that dietetic technician students be able to perform a number of physical activities in the clinical portion of the program. At a minimum, students may be required to stand or sit for several hours at a time. Perform bending and lifting activities. Students who have a chronic illness or condition must be maintained on current treatment and be able to implement these duties.

The clinical experience may place students under considerable mental and emotional stress as they undertake responsibilities and duties impacting patients’ lives. Students must be able to demonstrate rational and appropriate behavior under stressful conditions. Individuals should give careful consideration to the mental and physical demands of the program.

Additional Requirements
Additional requirements are completed after admission to the DT Program. These include but are not limited to:

  • The Dietetic Technician Program uses an independent contractor prior to internship placement, to manage several of the program requirements: Immunization/Drug Screening/TB Skin Test/Criminal Background Check.
  • You must have health insurance to complete the internship.
  • Other items may be required based on facility placement.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am in the process of completing the DT Application, but I am not sure if the General Education courses I completed in other colleges/universities are equivalent to the CAC General Education courses required, can I send my unofficial transcript to be evaluated before applying?
    You may send your unofficial transcripts from all colleges and Universities you have attended to our online General Education Advisor at Please allow up to four weeks for an unofficial evaluation.

  •  I have requested official transcripts from the college/university I attended and I haven’t receive them yet, can I sent an unofficial transcript with the application packet to meet the deadline and as soon as I receive them I forward them to you?
    No, the Application Packet must include official transcripts (unofficial transcripts will void your application).

  • Who do I contact if I have questions about the application forms or the application process?
    Email your questions to Instructions on how to complete the Application is detailed in Steps to Apply for Admission DTAAS degree.

  • I took a Chemistry course six years ago, does it mean that my application won’t be considered?
    Yes, your Chemistry course must be completed no more than 5 years before you apply to the DT Program.

  • I only need one more course of the specific General Education courses required, if I apply, would my application be considered? I am planning to take the class concurrently with the first NTR class.
    Your application will not be considered. You must complete the general education requirements (CHM, BIO, MAT, ENG) before applying.

  • Do I need to mail the Application Packet via certified mail? Would I receive a confirmation that my Application Packet was received?
    How you mail the Application Packet is your decision (USPS, FedEx or UPS). Upon receipt of the application packet, an email confirmation will be sent to you from

  • Do I include the official transcripts with the Application?
    Yes, the official transcripts must be sent to YOU from colleges in sealed envelope (with secured seal/signature from the college/university). You must include the official transcripts in their original sealed envelope. The transcript will not be considered official if the seal (closure) of the envelope is broken when it is received.

  • How long do I have to complete the DTAAS degree?
    Completion of NTR course requirements after admissions to DT Program within 3 years for full time students and 4.5 years for part-time students.

  • If I am not accepted, would I know what criteria didn’t meet and would I be able to apply again?
    Yes, the notification letter will include the reason(s) that you were not accepted. You may apply again.

  • How many times a year do you accept applications to the Dietetic Technician Program?
    We are currently accepting students one time per year to start in the Fall semester. Please refer to the dates on the application form.

  • If I am not accepted, will my official transcripts be returned?
    No documents will be returned.
Handbook and Policies & Procedures

The Purpose of the Internship
The purpose of the internship (supervised practice) is to provide students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have learned throughout their course of study. The internship (supervised practice) is for educational purposes only and the intern/student is not to be used to replace employees. The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) requires completing an internship with a minimum of 450 hours of supervised practice; to ensure graduates will be competent entry-level Dietetic Technicians. ACEND is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists or Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered.

Students are responsible for finding an Internship Preceptor and a Facility (to be approved by CAC) to complete their internship in the United States.

Foundations of Dietetic Technician Internships (NTR 157)
During the Foundations of Dietetic Technician Internships class, students will work with the CAC Instructor to complete paperwork needed to secure a facility and Internship Preceptor. An Affiliation Agreement between CAC and the facility where the student wants to complete their internship; must be completed during this class. Students will also need to complete and pass: background check, drug screening, immunizations, 2-Step TB skin test and any other requirements deemed necessary by their facility. Students will not be able to begin the internship if all requirements of the facility and CAC are not completed.
NTR157 Preview – Part 1 of 2
NTR157 Preview – Part 2 of 2

Dietetic Technician Professional Practice Internship (NTR295)
(1 Internship = 66 Hours – Supervised Practicum)
Competencies required for the Dietetic Technician A.A.S. specifically in the areas of ethics, scope of practice, professional development, public policy legislation and communication.

Dietetic Technician Internship (NTR 296)
During the Dietetic Technician Internship the Internship Preceptor supervises a minimum of 384 hours. The ACEND-required Dietetic Technician competencies are demonstrated as the intern completes projects supervised by the Internship Preceptor and CAC Internship Instructor. Competencies can be described as a common understanding of the essential skills and knowledge that are regarded as necessary to work as an entry-level Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered. The intent is that the individual should have the level of competence expected of someone prepared to begin a career as a dietetic technician. This includes:

  • Scientific and Evidence Base of Practice: general understanding of scientific information and research related to the dietetic technician level of practice.
  • Professional Practice Expectations: beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors for the dietetic technician.
  • Clinical and Customer Services: development and delivery of information, products and services to individuals, groups and populations at the dietetic technician level of practice.
  • Practice Management and Use of Resources: strategic application of principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations.
  • Support Knowledge: knowledge underlying the requirements specified above.

Internship Projects
Directions/Rubric Evaluation
Three projects requiring a minimum of 450 hours of practice supervised by an Internship Preceptor must be completed in one semester (16 weeks). Your internship requires a lot of time to be successful with on-site internship hours and other class assignments. Interns typically are on-site 3 days/24 hours per week. This does not include travel or homework time. Time management is critical to student success.

Click on the links below to view the three internship projects (Directions/Rubric Evaluation forms):

The Internship Preceptor will provide guidance, mentoring and will be assessing the intern’s competency level as they complete all of the projects. Both the Internship Instructor and the Internship Preceptor will evaluate the intern’s projects and related assignments (refer to Direction/Rubrics). If any competency is not met within the hours initially devoted to that project, the intern must continue to work on that competency until he or she can demonstrate competency at a minimum of entry level. In some cases, this may result in an intern’s devoting more hours to the supervised practice component of the internship. The projects associated with the competencies are specified as in the Directions/Rubric Evaluations forms.

It is mandatory that students join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a student member.

Members of the Academy are automatically a members of their state Dietetic Association. Each state has local chapters and it is highly recommended that you join your local chapter of the Academy. This allows students opportunities to network with dietetic professionals before the start of Foundations of Dietetic Technician Internships (NTR 157).

Graduation & National Exams

Graduation Requirements

Students successfully completing the program requirements for the DT program will have:

  • Completed the itemized courses on the DT curriculum degree map.
  • Earned a grade of “C” or better in all required courses for the DT AAS degree.
  • Earned a minimum of 20 credits from CAC.
  • Maintained a GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Applied for Graduation
Maximum time allowed for completion of program is 3 years for full-time and 4.5 years for part-time students. Time accrues from the date that the student formally begins the program.

Verification Statement
The Verification Statement is the method used by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to ensure that academic and supervised practice requirements have been met to be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

After the graduate’s name is submitted to CDR, the Dietetic Education Program Director will provide the Dietetic Technician graduate with the appropriate number of Verification Statements. It is the responsibility of the graduate to safeguard them until the time they are to be used in various application processes, e.g. employment applications or applying to an RDN program.

National Registration (NDTR Exam)
Upon successful completion of the DTAAS degree, graduates are eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Registration Examination Study Guide and Practice Exam
CDR-Registration Examination
Study Guide for Registration Examination
Practice Exam CD ROM

Additional Credentials through National Examinations
Graduates may obtain additional credentials through national examinations.

Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional – CDM, CFPP
School Nutrition Specialist – SNS

Assessment & Pass Rate

Formal assessment of student learning throughout the didactic course work is evidenced by:
The successful completion of all course requirements at a minimum level of 70% (grade “C” or better based on standardized grading). Faculty assign grades based on their assessment of the student’s knowledge of and demonstrated ability to apply the core principles and expected learning outcomes through course assignments. Faculty expect students to complete both in and out of class assignments, comprehensive exams, individual and group projects, and participation in course discussions. The core knowledge and competency requirements are guided by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) the accrediting agency for the Dietetic Technician AAS degree.

The Dietetic Technician Program Outcomes Data and Student Learning Assessment Outcomes Data are available on request. Email:

Pass Rate
ACEND – Summary of Candidate Testing – Dietetic Technician Program (Pathway 1) 3002A Central Arizona College (as of 4/10/2019)

** Ending Year of First Attempt Testers Within One Year of First Attempt
Institutional National
Examinees Passed Percent Passed Examinees Passed Percent Passed
2016 25 22 88.00% 281 219 77.94%
2017 21 18 85.71% 234 172 73.50%
2018 15 11 73.33% 187 134 71.66%
TOTAL 61 51 83.61% 702 525 74.79%

Click on this link for the CAC Dietetic Technician Pass Rate Improvement Plan.

  1. Is there an application process to be accepted in the Dietetic Technician Program?
    Yes, please click on the “DT Applicants…” tab for information about the application process.

  2. Is the DTAAS degree offered online? Do you offer Dietetic Technician AAS degree to out of state students?
    All courses are offered online and are available to out of state students.Class Schedules & Registration; except the NTR296 Dietetic Technician Internship which is completed in an approved facility in the United States.

  3. Where do I complete the general education courses?
    Central Arizona College (CAC) offers general education courses online. If you are planning to enroll in general education courses at other colleges/universities, contact the Online General Education Advisor to ensure course transferability to CAC. You must include the name of the college/university, course name, description, and credits hours.

  4. What kind of job can I find with the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) credential?
    There are a variety of job opportunities available to those who complete the registration exam for Dietetic Technicians. We suggest that you visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at

  5. What is the salary range for a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered?
    Salaries are regionally based. For additional information about salaries refer to the following website:

  6. What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR)?
    Please access this link: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  7. I would like to take the Dietetic Technician (DT) program first, but my goal is to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Would the DT program transfer to a university?
    This program is not designed to be an RDN transfer program at this time. We suggest you first consult a university that offers an ACEND accredited RDN program. You can access the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) website. In addition, the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Design – Department of Nutritional Sciences at has a distance learning transfer program designated specifically for NDTR’s to become RDNs.

  8. Does the Central Arizona College DT AAS degree transfer to any other Bachelor programs?
    Central Arizona College maintains Articulation Agreements with Arizona Colleges and Universities.
    Arizona State University Department of Nutrition, Bachelor of Applied Science in Food Service Management accepts the full transfer of the Dietetic Technician AAS degree from Central Arizona College.

  9. How long will it take to complete the Dietetic Technician AAS degree?
    Dietetic Technician AAS: 2 years full time students (12 or more credits per semester)
    Dietetic Technician AAS: 3 years part time student (8 or more credits per semester)
    Students MUST complete program in 3 years.


  1. What is the purpose of a DT Internship?
    The purpose of the NTR296 DT internship is to have the opportunity to apply all of the information you have learned in your coursework. The internship has been developed based on ACEND’s required competencies. Students who successfully complete the internship and all required coursework are eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Please refer to the DT Student Handbook

  2. What are competencies?
    Competencies can be described as a common understanding of the essential skills and knowledge that are regarded as necessary to work as a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered. The intent is that the individual should be competent, at entry level, in the mix of skills that is required to best serve nutrition programs in a given setting. We have taken all of these required ACEND competencies and created projects around them. You and your RDN or NDTR Internship Preceptor work together to complete all of the projects. To ensure you meet the competencies within each project, your Preceptor will grade your projects, if you don’t meet a competency you will work with your RDN until you do!

  3. Where and how do I complete my internship?
    If you do not work in a health care, food service, or related facility, we suggest:
    -Getting a job in a food or nutrition related profession.
    -Contacting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in your state.
    -Network with local RDNs and NDTRs.

  4. How do I find a Nutrition and Registered Dietitian (RDN) Internship Preceptor?
    When you have identified a facility where you might want to intern, make an appointment with the Clinical Nutrition Manager to see if he or she is willing to assist you.

  5. My Internship Preceptor wants me to pay him/her?
    We recommend that the student find another Internship Preceptor.

  6. After successfully completing the Internship, what is next?
    Your grade will be posted. Once DEP office receives the forms provided to you in the Exit Packet, and after your degree is posted, your name will be submitted to Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The Exit Packet includes information to take your Registration Examination for Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians offered by CDR, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  7. Do I get paid for the internship?
    Please read the US Department of Labor – Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor under the heading “Trainees.

Credential Option- Bachelor’s Degree & DPD NDTR Credential

  1. What if I have a accalaureate degree in nutrition from an ACEND accredited program and a verification statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program? Can I obtain the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Credential?
    The Commission on Dietetic Registration established a registration eligibility pathway for nutrition and dietetic technicians. Effective June 1, 2009, individuals who have completed both a baccalaureate degree and a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will be able to take the registration examination for nutrition and dietetic technicians without meeting additional academic or supervised practice requirements.For more information please contact your DPD director and visit the Commission on Dietetic Registration website.