Nutrition and Dietetic Technician

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Program Information

  • Location: West Allis Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 10-313-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Degree


Learn how the science of managing food and nutrition helps promote good health. Dietetic technicians typically work as a member of the food service or healthcare team. MATC’s program includes supervised clinical and field experiences. Graduates are eligible for technician membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and will receive the title Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR) after successfully completing the national registration exam.

You can earn the Dietary Manager certificate on the way to completing this associate degree.

Additional program details: Nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered – NDTRs – are educated and trained at the technical level of nutrition and dietetics practice for the delivery of safe, culturally competent, quality food and nutrition services. They are nationally credentialed and are an integral part of healthcare and food-service management teams. They work under the supervision of a registered dietitian nutritionist when in direct patient/client nutrition care; and they may work independently in providing general nutrition education to healthy populations.    

Dietetics is a vital, growing field. Employment options include hospitals, school lunch programs, nutrition programs for the elderly, food service management firms.

Mission: The Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Program will provide a competent, community-focused work force with the foundation, knowledge and competencies to function as entry-level Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered in medical nutrition therapy and food service management as a part of a diverse community.

GOAL 1: Recruit and retain nutrition and dietetic technician registered eligible students in preparation to work in the Wisconsin region.

GOAL 2: The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered, committed to serving the community and the profession.

GOAL 3: Graduate competent entry-level Nutrition & Dietetic Technician, Registered eligible graduates committed to serving the community and the profession.  



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Dietary Manager

Students enrolled in the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician associate degree program complete this certificate’s required courses as part of their program. You'll learn about safe food handling, meal planning, menu management and supervision. Students are eligible for ANFP Pre-Professional membership and upon successful program completion, graduates are eligible for ANFP professional membership. 

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Community Health and Nutrition Navigator

A community health and nutrition navigator is a frontline public health worker who, as a trusted member of the community, serves as a liaison to connect people to medical providers and community resources for health and nutrition needs.

Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
DIETNT-106 Food Service Sanitation ‡ ^ 2
DIETNT-109 Food Science ‡ 3
DIETNT-123 Dietetic Technician Orientation ‡ 1
DIETNT-151 Nutrition for Dietetics ‡ ^ 4
DIETNT-160 Medical Terminology for the Dietetic Technician ‡ 1
 ENG-195 Written Communication ‡
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
DIETNT-108 Food Service Management 1 ‡ ^ 3
DIETNT-118 Food Service Management 1: Coordinated Practice ‡ ^ 1
DIETNT-124 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 ‡ 3
DIETNT-134 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1: Coordinated Practice ‡ 1
DIETNT-152 Physiology for Dietetics ‡ 3
DIETNT-156 Nutrition in the Life Cycle ‡ 2
DIETNT-166 Nutrition in the Life Cycle: Coordinated Practice ‡ 1
MATH-107 College Mathematics ‡
(or) BIOSCI-220 Introduction to Nutritional Science
DIETNT-125 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 ‡ 4
DIETNT-135 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2: Coordinated Practice ‡ 2
DIETNT-155 Community Nutrition ‡ 3
DIETNT-157 Food Service Management 2 ‡ 3
DIETNT-167 Food Service Management 2: Coordinated Practice ‡ 2
ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication ‡
(or) SPEECH-201 Elements of Speech
DIETNT-136 Medical Nutrition Therapy Field Experience ‡ 3
DIETNT-146 Food and Nutrition Management Field Experience ‡ 3
DIETNT-170 Nutritional Counseling Skills ‡ 2
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology
SOCSCI-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies
(or) SOCSCI-203 Introduction to Sociology



‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Students completing these four courses are eligible to take the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals Certified Dietary Manager examination.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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Important Dates

This program is an open entry program - students can enroll in open entry programs when enrollment begins each semester.

  • No prerequisite courses
  • Fall start: Registration for classes opens in April
  • Spring start: Registration for classes opens in November

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
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Program Outcomes

  • Integrate scientific information and translate research into practice
  • Practice beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors for the professional nutrition and dietetics technician level of practice
  • Develop information, products and services for individuals, groups and populations
  • Deliver information, products and services to individuals, groups and populations
  • Apply principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations
  • Implement skills, strengths, knowledge and experience relevant to leadership potential and professional growth for the nutrition and dietetics practitioner

Program Outcomes Data is available upon request.

Career Outlook

Dietetics is a vital, growing field. A dietetic technician typically works as a member of the food service or healthcare team. They are employed by hospitals, public health nutrition programs, child nutrition and school lunch programs, nutrition programs for the elderly and food service management firms.

Possible Careers

Dietetic Technician
Dietary Manager
Nutrition Counselor
Nutrition Coordinator
Food Service Manager
Health Coach
Community Nutrition Educator
Nutrition Services Manager
Food Service Supervisor

Admission Requirements

This program no longer requires petitioning.



This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 800-877-1600 ext. 5400;;


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Last updated: 06/14/2024