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


(Formerly Dietetic Technician)
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 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 Nutrition & Dietetic Technician, Registered eligible students. 
GOAL 2: Retain Nutrition & Dietetic Technician, Registered eligible students. 
GOAL 3: Graduate competent entry-level Nutrition & Dietetic Technician, Registered eligible graduates committed to serving the community and the profession.  

Related Programs

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Dietary Manager

Students enrolled in the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician associate degree program will complete all of this certificate’s required courses as part of their program. Students who are interested only in becoming eligible for the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals membership and examination may enroll in just these required classes. Upon completion of this certificate, students are eligible to take the Certified Dietary Management examination. These professionals work in a variety of healthcare and institutional food settings.

Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

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



( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ 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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2020-2021 Program Card

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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: Register for classes in April
  • Spring start: Register for classes in November

Additional deadlines and important dates can be found on Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

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

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

Admission Requirements

This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
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This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 800-877-1600 or


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Downtown Milwaukee Campus, H Building, Room H116
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 01/07/2021