Students who have completed both a baccalaureate degree and the Didactic Program in Dietetics are eligible to take the examination to become a dietetic technician, registered (DTR). At its April 2009 meeting the Commission on Dietetic Registration established a new registration eligibility pathway for 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 dietetic technicians without meeting additional academic or supervised practice requirements.
Effective June 1, 2009:
New Pathway III
Completion of a baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college/university, or foreign equivalent, and completion of a Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education (CADE) Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).
When one completes their bachelor's degree with an option in dietetics and have completed the course requirement for the DPD which are in the curriculum for the bachelor's degree, then they may apply to take the dietetic technician exam. They should contact the current director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, Hilary Wu, to complete and submit the application to sit for the exam. This cannot be done until the student has received their official transcript with the degree conferred on the official transcript.
Since the dietetic technician exam was changed so that our students (who graduate with a bachelor's degree in nutrition with an option in dietetics with the approved didactic courses in dietetics all passed) can take it, we have only had a handful of students take the exam. The majority of our students prefer to follow the career path of the registered dietitian, but it is anticipated that the dietetic technician pathway will become increasingly popular as it becomes more known.
The Department of Nutrition and Food Science statistics:
- During the 2018 year, 21 students took the exam and 18 passed (85.71% passed within one year of first attempt)
Dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs), are trained in food and nutrition and are an integral part of the health-care and food service management teams. Please see the DTR factsheet for more information