Dietetic Technology: Nutrition Care

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


The Dietetic Technology program offers associate degrees in nutrition care and food service management. Students enrolled in the food service management option will take a variety of courses in food and nutrition science, food service systems management, communication and education. The nutrition care option includes a variety of courses in food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, communication and education. Persons interested in dietetic technology should possess good people skills and an interest in health.

Graduates in the food service management option plan menus, supervise food production and service, maintain standards of sanitation and safety, assist in hiring, training and evaluating food service staff, and procure food, supplies and equipment. The nutrition care option offers graduates the opportunity to screen clients for nutritional deficiencies, interview and counsel clients, modify meal plans for different disease states, develop teaching materials, perform nutritional assessments, develop nutrition care plans and chart in medical records.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the job outlook for individuals in the dietician and nutritionist fields is expected to grow much faster than average through 2014. An increased emphasis on disease prevention through improved dietary habits and a growing and aging population are major factors of the increased demand.

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Dietetic Technology: Nutrition Care Option is a 70-to 71-credit-hour program for persons wishing to become eligible to sit for the national registration exam to become credentialed as a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR).

Dietetic Technology – Nutrition Care is an option of the Dietetic Technology program.


Job Resources

  • For information on the job outlook in the dietetic technology: nutrition care profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
  • To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

divider-faculty Jeanne Florini, Program Coordinator, Associate Professor
Phone: 314-513-4568

Susan Appelbaum, Associate Professor
Phone: 314-513-4426


Dietetic Technology: Nutrition Care (AAS) 70-71 Credits

Program Total: 70-71 credits
I. Career General Education 19-20 credits
ENG:101 College Composition I 3
COM:101 Oral Communication I 3
MTH:xxx Mathematics Elective (MTH:108 or higher) 3
BIO/CHM Biology/Chemistry Elective 4-5
PSY:200 General Psychology 3
XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
III. Area of Concentration 46 credits
DIT:108 Food: Preparation and Science Lecture 3
DIT:109 Food: Preparation and Science Lab 2
DIT:103 Food Management 3
DIT:104 Clinical Nutrition 3
DIT:214 Nutrition Through the Life Cycle 3
DIT:106 Food Management Practicum 3
DIT:107 Clinical Nutrition Practicum 3
DIT:115 Principles of Nutrition 3
DIT:201 Food Systems Management 3
DIT:202 Medical Nutrition Therapy 3
DIT:204 Seminar: Strategies for Professional Practice 2
DIT:206 Seminar: Dietetic Practitioner Issues 2
DIT:207 Quantity Foods 3
DIT:209 Community Nutrition Practicum 4
DIT:210 Community Nutrition 3
DIT:225 The Cultural Feast: An Introduction to Food and Society 3
IV. Program Elective 3 credits
 (Program Director has list of approved courses.)



The Dietetic Technology: Nutrition Care program is offered at our Florissant Valley campus. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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