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Dietetic Technician

Associate of Applied Science

NOTE: This program is in moratorium and will not be accepting new students

Graduates of the Dietetic Technician program will have the acquired foundational knowledge and skills in medical nutrition therapy and food service management. The Dietetic Technician (DT) plays an important role in providing cost-effective nutrition care and food service to the patient, to clients, and to the public. As a food and nutrition practitioner, a “diet tech” plans menus based on established guidelines, orders foods, standardizes recipes, assists with food preparation, provides basic dietary instruction, and counsels patients on food and nutrition.

The Great Falls College Dietetic Technician Program is a limited enrollment program, accepting a restricted number of students each year. Interested students are urged to contact the DT Program Director or the Advising & Career Center Advisors for student advising specific to admission requirements and criteria for program acceptance.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Demonstrate the application of basic knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and chemistry in the practice of nutrition education.
  • Prepare nutrition care plans for and provide counseling to clients from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and at each stage of the lifestyle that result in improved client nutritional status.
  • Apply the principles of fitness and wellness to educating the public.
  • Effectively utilize common nutrition and food service software programs.
  • Apply knowledge of food safety and sanitation, menu planning, procurement, inventory, and quality control in food service operations.
  • Describe basic principles and techniques of food preparation and evaluation.
  • Employ principles of management including planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge in financial and human resources management.
  • Describe and demonstrate leadership skills.
  • Identify the characteristics of reliable nutrition information and apply this knowledge to assess research and statistical data.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written interpersonal communication skills with peers, patients, clients, and other health care and food service professionals.
  • Describe the current scope of practice and credentialing process for diet technicians and other nutrition professionals and identify parameters of accountability.
  • Understand the organization of various industries that commonly employ nutrition professionals and the role of the DTR and the RD in these organizations.
  • Understand basic principles of nutrition and trends in nutrition.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees $6,179
Application Fee $30
Insurance $23
Lab Fees $280
Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,640
Total $9,152

Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1

Prerequisite Coursework

The following coursework must be completed prior to admission into the Dietetic Technician program. All prerequisite course work must be completed with a minimum grade of “C-“ in each course. Grades in prerequisite courses are a major factor in ranking applications for program acceptance.

Fall Semester
NUTR 221Basic Human Nutrition +3
WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
Select one of the following:
CHMY 121Intro to General Chem w/Lab **,+4
CHMY 141College Chemistry I w/Lab **,^,+4
Select one of the following:
BIOH 104Basic Human Biology & Lab **,+4
BIOH 201Human Anat Phys I/Lab (= 301) **,^,+4
BIOH 211Human Anat Phys II & Lab(=311) *,^,+4
Spring Semester
CAPP 131Basic MS Office3
COMX 111Intro to Public Speaking +3
NUTR 125Intro to Prfns Ntrtn & Dietics +1
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
Required Elective ^^,+3
Select one of the following:
M 121College Algebra **,+3
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics **,+4

 Program Requirements After Formal Acceptance

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
NUTR 245 Intro Medical Nutritn Therapy *,+ 3
NUTR 251 Community Nutrition *,+ 3
CULA 105 Food Service Sanitation + 1
NUTR 222 Intro to Nutrition Srvcs Mgmt + 3
NUTR 226 Food Fundamentals *,+ 3
NUTR 230 Nutrition Counseling *,+ 3
NUTR 252 Community Nutrition Lab *,+ 3
NUTR 270 Nutrition Medical Therapy *,+ 3
NUTR 225 Basic Life Cycle Nutrition *,+ 3
NUTR 260 Food Service Management *,+ 3
NUTR 261 Food Service Management Lab *,+ 3
NUTR 271 Nutrition Medical Therapy Lab *,+ 3
 Total Credits34

If students are planning to seek acceptance into the Dietetics Program at Montana State University-Bozeman, they are also encouraged to take SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (3) or Anthro & the Human Experience (ANTY 101) (3), CHMY 143 College Chemistry II w/Lab (4), Developmental Psychology (PSYX 230) (3), and Introduction to Statistics (STAT 216) (4).