Dietetics and Nutrition

Here's food for thought: With Sinclair's Dietetic Technology program, you'll have the skills necessary to work with licensed, registered dietitians to provide nutritional guidance and medical nutrition therapy for clients/patients. This program also opens additional career opportunities available in the foodservice industry, and as a community dietetic professional.

Why major in Dietetics and Nutrition?

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This area of study might be for you if:
  • You enjoy living a healthy lifestyle or wish to move in that direction.
  • You want to teach others nutritious choices for a healthy lifestyle.
  • You are interested in gaining the skills to work as a dietary manager, dietetic technician or dietitian.
  • You would like to work with people who share your interests in nutrition and health.

Whether you wish to prepare for a new position (as a dietetic technician registered, certified dietary manager) or learn about techniques for helping to promote your personal health, Sinclair's Dietetic program has courses for you. Take courses to learn about nutrition and health or study to help others meet their nutritional wellness goals. Make the world a healthier place through the Dietetics program at Sinclair.

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Available Programs

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Associate of Applied Science
Dietetic Technician

Graduates of the Dietetic Technician (DIT) program are trained food and nutrition practitioners that work under the supervision of a registered dietitian. As an integral member of the health care and food service management teams, they influence food choices and lifestyles to promote optimal health.

The program consists of five major domains that include clinical, community, education, management and foodservice systems. It is designed to be completed in five (5) consecutive semesters on a full-time basis. Some students elect to attend on a part-time basis, extending the length of study to three academic years. The curriculum consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The limited enrollment coursework includes 465 hours of unpaid directed practice experiences at area community, food service and health care facilities. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required, as well as a grade of C or higher in all program courses.

Students of Sinclair’s Dietetic and Nutritional Management Program are eligible to become members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), a nationally recognized organization located at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 200, Chicago Illinois 60606, 1-800-877-1600, www.eatright.org. This specially designed program enables students to enjoy benefits of student AND membership while attending school. Graduates are eligible for active AND membership. Benefits include networking, professional growth, educational enrichment, and developing leadership skills. The graduate is eligible to take the National Credentialing Exam to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR).

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Short-term Technical Certificate
Dietary Manager

Graduates of the Dietary Managers (DM) Program are trained foodservice professionals in health care delivery systems. They understand basic nutritional needs of clients and work in partnership with dietitians, who offer specialized nutritional expertise. Approved by the Association of Nutrition and Food Professionals (ANFP), the curriculum includes 200 hours of management and clinical directed practice. Students are required to complete these experiences at area community, foodservice and health care facilities. The program offers two tracks; one for students pursuing careers in Dietetics and Nutrition, and another track for students pursuing careers in Hospitality Management & Tourism. Both tracks are designed to be completed in two (2) part-time consecutive terms. As an integral member of the health care and foodservice management teams, dietary managers are responsible for maintaining cost/profit objectives, purchasing goods and services for the department and supervising staff. Students of Sinclair’s Dietary Managers Program are eligible to become pre-professional members of the Association of Nutrition & Food Professionals (ANFP), a nationally recognized organization located at 406 Surrey Woods Drive, St. Charles, Illinois 60174, 1-800-323-1908, www.anfponline.org This specially designed program enables students to enjoy benefits of ANFP membership while attending school. Graduates are eligible for professional ANFP membership. Benefits include networking, professional growth, educational enrichment, and developing leadership skills. Completion of the DM Program and a national credentialing exam will enable graduates to become Certified Dietary Managers, Certified Food Protection Professionals (CDM, CFPPs). The DM Program is fully approved by the Association of Nutrition and Food Professionals (ANFP). To apply to the program complete a Sinclair Community College application electronically at http://www.sinclair.edu/admissions/Application/. Indicate your primary education plan is to obtain a short term certificate and choose Dietary Manager-STC as your primary area of interest.

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Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment (general education and division specific courses) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.


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