Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Dietetic Technician

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. 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 passed the didactic classes in dietetics listed below 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.

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 2017 year, 21 students took the exam and 14 passed (66.67 percent pass rate)

Didactic Coursework in Dietetics

Department of the Nutrition and Food Science 
Approved on November 23, 2010

Requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics for ADA Membership Eligibility and/or to take the Dietitian Technician, Registered exam and/or to apply for a Dietetic Internship

Knowledge Requirements for Plan V Didactic Program

Foods and Nutrition

FN 121/121L

Intro to Foods

FN 235


FN 263

Intro to Research Methods

FST 321 /321L

Experimental Food Science

FST 325

Food Safety/Current Issues

FN 328/328L

Culture/Meal Patterns

FN 335

Nutrition of the Life Cycle

FN 345/345L

Nutrition Education

FN 346/346L

Community Nutrition

FN 355

Nutrition Counseling

FN 357/357L

Quantity Food Production/Lab

FN 358/358L

Food & Equipment Purchasing

FN 359/359L

Food & Nutrition Administration

FN 433

Advanced Nutrient Metab. I

FN 434

Advanced Nutrient Metab. II

FN 435

Advanced Nutrient Metab III

FN 443/443L

Medical Nutr. Therapy I/Lab

FN 444/444L

Medical Nutr. Therapy II/Lab

Supporting Coursework


COM 100 Public Speaking 
   or higher level communication course


ENG 104: Freshman English I

ENG 105: Freshman English II

or equivalent coursework in writing and critical thinking


STA 120: Statistics

FMA 224: Accounting for Agribusiness 
   or equivalent introductory accounting course


BIO 115/115L: Basic Biology/Lab

BIO 300 Genetics & Human Issues 
   or BIO 303 Genetics 
   or FN437 Nutragenomics

MIC 201/201L Basic Microbiology


ZOO 235/235L Human Physiology


CHM 121/121L General Chem I/Lab

CHM 122/122L General Chem II/Lab

CHM 201/250L Organic Chem/Lab

Social Sciences:

PSY 201: General Psychology or higher level psychology course

SOC 201 Principles of Sociology 
   or ANT 102 Intro Cultural Anthropology 
   or higher level sociology or anthropology course