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Dietetic Technology

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  1. Program Overview
  2. Program Learning Outcomes
  3. Program Curriculum
  4. High School Course Recommendations
  5. Continuing Your Education

Program Overview

The Dietetic Technology program leads to a two year Associate of Applied Science degree. The mission of the Dietetic Technology program is to educate and train generalist dietetic technicians who possess both skills and work habits to compete in the rapidly changing health care community.

Graduates are prepared to work under the supervision of a registered dietitian in designing specialized diets, teaching healthy eating habits, and managing institutional food services and nutrition programs.

Dietetic technicians work in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, and other health-related facilities. They also may be found in special subsidized feeding programs, weight control clinics, athletic training facilities, school nutrition programs, and such government agencies as VISTA and the armed forces. Job opportunities outpace the number of graduates each year.

The program combines classroom and laboratory work on the SMCC campus, as well as supervised clinical placements in area hospitals, nursing homes, school food services, and community health agencies. Students may pursue their studies on a part-time or full-time basis.

The SMCC program is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education (CADDE) of the American Dietetic Association, 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-4876. Graduates are eligible for membership in the American Dietetic Association, to take the registration examination to become a Dietetic Technician Registered, and to become licensed in the State of Maine.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Use current technologies for information and communication.
  2. Document nutrition screenings, assessments, and interventions.
  3. Participate in nutrition care of individuals across the life span and a diversity of people, cultures, and religions.
  4. Supervise production of food that meets nutrition guidelines, cost parameters, and consumer acceptance.
  5. Assist with nutrition assessment of individual patients/clients with complex medical conditions.
  6. Perform ethically in accordance with the values of the American Dietetic Association.

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High School Course Recommendations

The following courses are not required for entrance into the program, but they are highly recommended.

Algebra I
College Prep Biology

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Continuing Your Education

Credits earned in the program are frequently transferred to four-year colleges, offering programs leading to qualifications as a registered dietitian. Many SMCC students pursue these advanced studies. Additionally, through articulation agreement, credits transfer into the Health Science degree offered through School of Nursing at the University of Southern Maine and the baccalaureate nutrition degree at the University of Maine - Orono.

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