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2018-19 College Catalog 
2018-19 College Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Dietetic Technician?

A Dietetic Technician is a food and nutrition practitioner who has completed at least a two-year associate’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college. Dietetic Technicians work under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian in a variety of employment settings including nursing care facilities, hospitals, physician offices, clinics or other health-care facilities. In addition, a large number of Dietetic Technicians work in community and public health settings such as school or day care centers, correctional facilities, weight management clinics and WIC programs as nutrition counselors.

Is there a credential for a Dietetic Technician?

Yes. The Dietetic Technology Program at Owens Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. When an individual has successfully completed the Dietetic Technology Program, with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dietetic Technology from Owens Community College (including the completion of a minimum of 450 supervised practice hours) and successfully completed the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians; the initials “DTR”, Dietetic Technician, Registered, are awarded.

DTR’s are required to complete 50 hours of approved continuing professional education every five years with the development of a Professional Development Portfolio through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

How long is the Dietetic Technician Program?

The DTP is five semesters that includes academic courses and supervised practice experience.

I already have some college credit; can I complete the program in less than 5 semesters?

Due to the sequencing of courses, it takes five semesters to complete the Dietetic Technology courses and associated supervised practice experiences.

Do the Dietetic Technology courses at Owens transfer to a four-year institution?

Each institution varies in specific course transfer. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics publishes a list of accredited dietetics programs by State, which offers potential four year institutions. See: www.eatright.org

Articulation agreements to Bowling Green State University and Eastern Michigan University provide graduates with a guide to transferring into dietetic programs to earn their Bachelor Degree.  Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) options guide students in transferring to other Ohio four year higher education institutions.  Advising staff are available to assist you with this process.

Employment and Wage Earnings

The knowledge requirements and competencies/learning outcomes acquired through the Dietetic Technician Program, as well as successful registration, qualify graduates to work independently or in teams with Registered Dietitians in a variety of healthcare and foodservice facilities including hospitals, skilled and long-term care facilities, schools, community health programs, health clubs, food companies and senior nutrition programs.

Projected job openings (2014-2024) Nationwide and in Ohio are expected to grow between 9 - 13%.  In Ohio, median wages are $36,840.  To learn more about a career in Dietetic Technology, job openings and wages; visit O-Net on line.


Program Cost

Cost of attending and completing the Dietetic Technician Program is estimated for all general education and program requirements.  Information current as of Fall 2016.  Cost assume full-time status and Ohio residency. The College reserves the right to change or add any fee without advance notice.

Tuition and academic fees (62 credit hours) $11,648
Lab and supervised practice fees $  1,070
Books (new) $  3,100
Health screening and immunizations $     450
Background check $     104
Uniforms and supplies $     245

Are there scholarships or financial aid available?

Yes. Owens Community College maintains an Oserve Office on each campus. Oserve is the place for you to ask questions related to financial aid. Contact: 1-800-GO OWENS ext. 7378 or (567) 661-7378 Email: oserve@owens.edu.  There are a variety of financial aid programs, scholarships and on-campus employment opportunities available at Owens Community College. For more information, visit the College scholarship website.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (ANDF) offers scholarships to encourage eligible students to enter the field of dietetics. Student members of the Academy enrolled in the first year of study in an ACEND-accredited dietetic technician program may apply for a Foundation scholarship for use in the second year of study. More information about ANDF scholarships can be found at, http://www.eatrightfoundation.org/foundation/scholarships/.