Dietetic Technology (AAS)

Dietetic Technology Program Accreditation

The Dietetic Technology Program has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 Ext. 5400.

Mission Statement

The Dietetic Technology Program at Normandale Community College provides classroom and experiential learning to prepare graduates to become competent dietetic practitioners in variety of health care settings. The department is committed to promoting lifelong learning and community service.

The dietetic technician is a trained food and nutrition professional who plays a key role in providing quality, cost-effective nutrition care and food service management. Graduates are prepared to work in partnership with a registered dietitian in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools, community health programs, food companies and wellness centers.

The curriculum is based on the ACEND 2012 Accreditation Standards. The specialized curriculum consists of ten courses totaling 33 credits, plus completion of a Serv-Safe Sanitation Certificate course. The fast track program allows students to complete the specialized courses in one year as a full-time student.

After successfully completing the graduation requirements for the AAS degree, the student will receive a Verification Statement and is eligible to write the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians given by Commission on Dietetic Registrations (CDR). Successful completion of this exam earns the examinee the Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) credential.


Students who complete the AAS degree in Dietetic Technology may move seamlessly to Minnesota State University, Mankato or University of Wisconsin-Stout to complete the baccalaureate-level registered dietitian program.

Program Costs

  • Tuition: Consult the current class schedule
  • Books: $500 to $600 per semester
  • Lab Coat, Misc.: Approximately $100.00
  • Student memberships: ADA $50.00
  • Attendance at meetings: $50 - $100

Application Process

  • Applicants new to Normandale should complete the Normandale Community College general application form, indicate “Dietetic Technology” as your preference and include the $20 application fee. For more information, visit the department website:
  • Submit the completed Normandale Health Sciences Dietetic Technology application to Betty Blazer, Health Science Enrollment Manager (952-358-8417). Completed applications will be accepted October 1 through June 15 for the next year’s class.

Information Sessions

Health Science Information Sessions are offered every other week. For additional information, contact the Admissions Office at 952-358-8210 or visit our website at

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General Education Requirements: (33-37cr)

BIOL 1102

Human Biology (4)

CHEM 1020

Survey of Chemistry (waived with one year of high school chemistry with a grade C or higher; documentation required) (4)

ENGC 1101

English Composition (4)

PSYC 1110

Introduction to Psychology (4)

SOC 1104

Introduction to Sociology (3)

COMM 1111

Interpersonal Communication (3)

BUSN 2100

Human Rel/Effective Teams (3)

or BUSN 2200

Human Resource Management (3)

HLTH 1107

Principles of Nutrition (3) (C or better required)

ENGC 1102

Technical Writing (3)

Complete at least 3 cr from MnTC Goal 6 (3)

Application to the Dietetic Technology program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. Students must earn a, C or better in all DIET classes to remain in the program.

Specialized Career Program Requirements

The Dietetic Technology Program offers the Specialized Career Program Requirements as a one-year curriculum. Students who have no more than six general education credits remaining may apply to the program. For further questions please contact Betty Blazer at 952-358-8417.

Fall Semester: (15 cr)

DIET 1101

Intro to Profession of Dietetics (2)

DIET 1110

Life Cycle Nutrition (3)

DIET 1154

Clinical Nutrition Tools (4)

DIET 1269

Food Systems Management (3)

DIET 1271

Clinical Exp I- Food Service Management (3)

Serv-Safe Sanitation: 8-hour certificate course from Community Health Department (0)

Spring Semester: (15 cr)

DIET 2145

Experimental Foods (3)

DIET 2259

Medical Nutrition Therapy (6)

DIET 2261

Clinical Exp II-Med Nutrition Therapy (4)

DIET 2270

Community Nutrition: Political/Cultural Concerns (2)

Summer Session: (3 cr)

DIET 2272

Clinical Exp III - Community Nutrition as arranged (3)