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+ How much time will I spend in directed practice experiences?

Nutrition and Dietetics Technician (NDT) program students begin directed practice experience during the spring 2nd semester completing 5 hours weekly (75 hours total) in DIT 1630 Nutrition Through the Life Cycle and 5 hours weekly (75 hours total) in DIT 1635 Community Nutrition. During the summer 3rd semester, students complete 5 hours weekly (75 hours total) in the DIT 2515 Foodservice Systems Directed Practicum and an additional 5 hours weekly (75 hours total) in the DIT 2740 Retail Business Management Directed Practicum. During the fall 4th semester students complete 9 hours weekly (135 hours total) in the DIT 2630 Medical Nutrition Therapy Clinical I. During spring 5th semester, students complete 9 hours weekly (135 hours total) in the DIT 2850 Medical Nutrition Therapy Clinical II. Upon completion of the program, students will have completed 570 hours of directed practice.

+ Where will I go for directed practice experiences?

Directed practice experiences fall into four areas. Life cycle experiences are conducted on campus and/or virtually with invited guests. Community experiences are completed at a variety of community and wellness sites including but not limited to; Women Infant Children clinics, Head Start centers, Senior Resource Center/ Meals on Wheels/Congregate Meal sites, School Lunch programs, Food Bank/Soup Kitchens/Food Pantries, YMCA centers, Boys & Girls Club, Drug Rehabilitation programs, Job Center, and correctional facilities. Foodservice Management experiences are completed in health care and school institutionalized kitchens. Clinical experiences are completed in a variety of hospital and extended care facilities.

What is the NDT program mission and vision?

The Nutrition and Dietetics Technician program mission is to empower students with food and nutrition knowledge, skills, and competencies for immediate employment as dietetic technician, registered or strive for the attainment of a baccalaureate degree. The vision is for students to embrace progressive career and lifelong learning attitudes as they positively influence food choices and lifestyles within their community.

How does one earn the credential nutrition and dietetics technician, registered (NDTR)?

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national credentialing examination for dietetic technicians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Upon successful completion, students earn the credential of dietetic technician, registered (DTR). They are eligible to join the Academy on Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) as well as the Association of Nutrition and Food Professionals (ANFP). Continuing education upon successful completion of a national examination is required by these organizations.

How much will an Associate’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetic Technology cost?

Estimated Program Costs Information on the fees to attend Sinclair College can be found in the College Catalog and online at: Currently for the Nutritiion and Dietetic Technician program these are:

Estimated Cost on the fees to attend Sinclair College for the Dietetic Technician program
Fee per Semester Credit Fee Amount
Montgomery County Residents $141.03
Ohio Resident $188.28
Out-of State Residents $344.40
Other fees may include:  
Registration Fee $20.00
Late registration Fee $30.00
Auxiliary Services Fee $85.00
On-line Classes $7.50 (per credit hour beyond tuition)
Graduation Ceremony $10.00
Transcript (each) $5.00
Transcript (same day) $10.00
Returned check penalty $25.00
In addition to the above, the following approximate expenses may be incurred:  
Laboratory fees $350.00
Lab coat/uniforms $145.00
HMT 1101 supplies $150.00
Program Fees $125.00
Transportation (sites/events) $150.00
Attendance at meetings $100.00
Medical/physical check-up $100.00
Immunizations $125.00
Background check $65.00
Books, paper, supplies $1500.00
Food (conferences/trips) $150.00
Miscellaneous $250.00
           Subtotal of Additional Expenses: $3,060.00

The College reserves the right to change without notice statements concerning rules, policies, fees, curricula, courses or other matters.

What are career opportunities/salary ranges?

Salaries for nutrition and dietetics technicians vary with individual positions responsibilities and geographic locations with current entry-level salaries of $31,200 – $41,600. Students begin to explore related occupational information and regional openings using the “Career” tab on the SCC homepage.

Is the Dietetic Technician program a two-year program?

The Nutrition and Dietetics Technician (NDT) Program is a two-year program designed to be completed in five (5) full-time consecutive semesters.

Can I attend the program part-time?

Some students elect to attend on a part-time basis, extending the length of study to three academic years over eight (8) part-time semesters.

Will the Sinclair Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nutritional and Dietetics Management transfer to a baccalaureate degree in Dietetics?

For students interested in earning a baccalaureate degree, the NDT program provides articulation information. Current information on articulation agreements exist with University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, Miami University and The Ohio State University. In addition, the University of Dayton/Sinclair Academy allows you to seamlessly move into a University of Dayton Nutrition and Dietetics Program of study after earning an Associate degree at Sinclair.

Is the Nutrition and Dietetics Technician program accredited?

The Nutrition and Dietetics Technician (NDT) program at Sinclair is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Education for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), located at Suite 2000, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60606, Phone: (800) 877-1600. ACEND serves the public by establishing standards for educational preparation of nutrition and dietetics professionals and recognizes nutrition and dietetics education programs that meet these standards. The U.S. Department of Education requires that ACEND review its standards at least once every five years and revise them as necessary. ACEND requires core knowledge & competencies in three domains of practice to ensure proficiency as entry level nutrition and dietetics technicians. Aggregate data is collected annually to ensure that core knowledge and competencies are being achieved. Program outcomes data is available on request.

What type of degree does the program award?

The NDT program awards an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics Technician. The curriculum consists of 60 semester credit hours and integrates didactic instruction with 570 hours of directed practice in health care, community and management settings. Because the number of students is limited, the faculty/student ratio is small.

Who are nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered (NDTRs)?

NDTRs are trained food and nutrition practitioners who work under the supervision of a registered dietitian, nutritionist (RDN). As an integral part of the health care and foodservice management team, they influence food choices and lifestyles to promote optimal health.

What do nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered do?

Clinical nutrition and dietetics technicians, with guidance and/or consultation from registered, licensed dietitians, nutritionists, perform nutritional screening and assessment; develop and implement care plan goals; evaluate the effect of nutrition intervention; and communicate with clients/patients and the medical staff. They also provide nutrition education and counseling to individuals and groups in healthcare and community settings. Foodservice nutrition and dietetics technicians work as nutrition managers and directors, designing menus; supervise personnel, manage food procurement, food production and service; participate in budget and equipment planning; and monitor food safety, sanitation and quality improvement. Community nutrition and dietetics technicians reach out to the public and direct individuals to information networks and agencies related to nutritional care. Main responsibilities include teaching, monitoring and advising individuals and groups in their efforts to prevent disease and promote good health.