Mental and/or Physical Requirements

Minimum acceptable mental and physical qualifications of a student for the profession of nutrition and dietetics include the following abilities:

A. Ability to stand for long periods of time. Walk intermittently throughout the working day and do frequent slow- and fast-paced walking. Being able to negotiate stairs when required.
B. Ability to reach, stoop, bend, lift, carry and manipulate various food products, dietary supplies and equipment.
C. Ability to lift and/or carry 30-40 pounds and withstand exposure to temperature and humidity changes as in entering refrigerated storage areas, working at ovens, ranges, dish-washing machines, and at steam tables.
D. Ability to work with chemicals and cleaning agents.
E. Must not be physically dependent on non-prescribed drugs. Student may be required to pass drug screens at clinical sites.
F.  Perform mathematical calculations for clinical and management assessment.
G. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and word usage.

Students entering the Dietetic Technician Program are responsible for determining their own eligibility in light of these qualifications, for informing the college of any potential problem areas and for identifying to the Dietetic Technician Program any particular accommodations they may need. Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with the Office of Disability Services and may utilize these services to determine appropriate accommodations. Students with disabilities who enter the program do so with the understanding that they will be expected to meet course requirements with any REASONABLE accommodation that may be provided by the College.

Meeting the mental and physical requirements of the Dietetic Technician Program does not guarantee that the student will meet the mental and physical requirements of the institutions that employ dietetic technicians, registered.