Registered dietetic technicians work on the healthcare team, assisting registered dietitians. They may specialize in either food service management or nutritional care services. In a large hospital, dietetic technicians work under the supervision of an administrative registered dietitian. In a smaller hospital or long-term care facility, dietetic technicians may be responsible for the daily food service operation, but a consultant registered dietitian usually provides supervision.
- Long-term care facilities
- Community and public health setting
- Schools and day-care centers
- Correctional facilities
- Weight management clinics
The majority of registered dietetic technicians work with registered dietitians in health care settings. The particular work environment will vary depending on the place of employment. Most full-time dietetic technicians work a standard 40-hour week..
- Ability to learn the basics of nutritional science and dietetics
- Verbal abilities for reading, writing, and communicating
- Ability to keep records, visualize space and form relations, and work with scientific data
- Planning and organizing skills, resourcefulness, and ability to work under pressure
- Ability to get along with a variety of people
Training to become a registered dietetic technician involves completion of a two-year associate degree program that combines classroom and supervised practical experience. Coursework includes a variety of classes in food and nutrition, food service systems management, and a range of general science courses.
The State of Nebraska does not require licensure for dietetic technicians. However, graduates of programs approved or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association are eligible to take the National Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians to become credentialed as a dietetic technician, registered (DTR).
Programs in Nebraska
- Southeast Community College – Lincoln (Associate)