how to apply to the Nutrition & Dietetic Technician (NDT) AAS Degree.
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The Dietetic Education Program at Central Arizona College offers the Nutrition & Dietetic Technician Associate of Applied Science degree accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to take the Registration Examination from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. A passing score is required to become a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR).
The Nutrition & Dietetic Technician AAS degree emphasizes medical nutrition therapy, education and wellness, and food service management. It is designed to help students acquire the knowledge and skills to work in dietetics through didactic coursework and a minimum of 450 hours of supervised practical experience. NDTRs work independently or in collaboration with Registered Dietitians Nutritionists in a variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, community, public health, foodservice and research. NDTRs are trained in food and nutrition and are an integral part of healthcare and foodservice management teams.
All classes for the Nutrition & Dietetic Technician Program AAS degree are offered online, except the Dietetic Technician Internship which must be completed in an approved facility. The Dietetic Education Program has implemented a formal application process to the Nutrition & Dietetic Technician AAS Degree.
Dietetic Education Program & Academic Advising
Dietetic Technician Students – Questions regarding NTR courses:
Contact the Diet Tech Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, with the course number, name, catalog description, number of credits, and college taken at or to be taken at.
Contact DEP :
Central Arizona College
Dietetic Education Program
8470 N. Overfield Rd
Coolidge, AZ 85128
Nutrition & Dietetic Technician Applicants for Fall 2021
Applications are accepted once a year for Fall semester entry to the Nutrition & Dietetic Technician Program. The NDT 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.
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 NDT Program/Application Packet
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Step One – Application for Admission to NDT Program
The Application Packet must include the following:
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
Successful applicants will be notified with acceptance letters. Students that were not accepted at this time will also receive notification letters.
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 are completed after admission to the NDT Program. These include but are not limited to:
The Nutrition & 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.
Accreditation, Dietetic Technician Program The Dietetic Technician Program at Central Arizona College has maintained accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 1978. The Dietetic Technician Program is accredited through December 31, 2021.
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800-877-1600, Extension 5400
Self Study Report for Continued Accreditation for ACEND – submitted August 2013 can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of the following certificates also meet some of the requirements for the Nutrition & Dietetic Technician (NDT) AAS Degree. Students interested in working towards a NDT AAS degree or needing information about CDM certificates are encouraged to contact the DEP program advisor email@example.com.
Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Professional (Certificate): This certificate at Central Arizona College offers a comprehensive curriculum designed for individuals with a minimum of two years of institutional food service management experience that meets the eligibility requirements of ANFP Pathway III(b) to take the CDM Credentialing Exam.
Community Nutrition Worker (Certificate): This certificate develops skills and competencies in the area of food, nutrition and wellness for public health. It is specifically geared towards employees who work for WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. VENA competencies have been correlated with this curriculum.
Standards of Program: As guided by the Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment (VENA) initiative developed jointly by the Food and Nutrition Service and the National Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Association to improve nutrition services in the WIC programs. Dietetic Education Program works in conjunction with: AZ Department of Health Services, Bureau of USDA Programs – www.azdhs.gov/phs/bnp
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona – www.itcaonline.com
Diabetes Care and Education (Certificate): This certificate is designed to provide current education and training for professionals, paraprofessionals and other individuals working or in contact with people at-risk for developing diabetes or complications from diabetes. This program is also appropriate for anyone who has diabetes. The purpose of the certificate is to enhance understanding and facilitate the implementation of strategies to prevent and/or manage diabetes mellitus.
Nutrition and Foodservice Professional Training Program (Certificate):This certificate is a proven successful pathway (ANFP Pathway I) to obtain the nationally recognized credentials CDM and CFPP. CDM, CFPPs are nationally recognized experts at managing foodservice operations. Many work in healthcare, nursing facilities, rehabilitation facilities, senior living communities, or hospitals. Some work in correctional facilities, schools, and the military, others work for corporations. Certified Dietary Managers are trained and qualified to manage menus, food purchasing, and food preparation; and to apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, ensure food safety, manage work teams, and much more. Our program requires 16 credits that can be done online and part -time in three (3) semesters. The required internship can usually be done in YOUR facility. (Individuals that have two years of institution foodservice management experience, may qualify for Fast Track – Pathway III(b)).
Approved since 1988 by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). The ANFP Program Review Committee has granted full approval to the online Nutrition and Foodservice Professional Training Program (formerly known as Dietary Manager Training Program) through August 31, 2023. National Certification (Credentialing Exam)
Students who complete the certificate are eligible to earn two credentials, Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) and Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP) by taking a National Certification Exam offered by Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals. The CDM/CFPP exam is offered year-round at more than 200 approved computer testing centers. Please refer to Exam Candidate Handbook.
Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) 406 Surrey Woods Dr St. Charles, IL 60174 Tel: 800.323.1908 or 630.587.6336 – Fax: 630.587.6308 Website: www.anfponline.org
Nutrition and Health Promotion (Certificate): This certificate is designed to provide knowledge and training for people who are working with individuals who need education and coaching to lead a healthy lifestyle. This certificate is based on health promotion and disease prevention. This certificate is beneficial to individuals working in fitness centers, health food stores, weight loss centers, wellness centers, school foodservice as well as Certified Nursing Assistants, and continuing education for allied health and paraprofessionals.