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Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Associate in Science Degree

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_AS_NADT
Control Number: 08667

Students completing this program are prepared to join the nutrition and dietetics team in various nutritional aspects of health care. Graduates from this program are employed by acute care, long term care, and rehabilitation hospitals, as well as by community agencies that provide education in nutrition. Completion of the following courses, along with the Associate Degree program at Orange Coast College qualifies the student to sit for the Nutritional and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) exam. Students are highly encouraged to become a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Upon successful completion of these courses (with grade of ‘C’ or better), the program requirements, and the General Education Requirements, students will receive a Verification Statement from the program director confirming that all requirements of the program have been met. Students will then be eligible to take the National Registration Exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

This program has been granted full accreditation by:

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800-877-1600 x5400

It is recommended that the student complete at least 15-17 units of general education requirements prior to entering the program.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competent entry-level skills of a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) in order to meet the employment needs of the community.
  2. Communicate and work effectively with an interdisciplinary workforce and clientele of the community.
  3. Participate in personal growth and lifelong learning activities

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.

Required Prerequisites

Course Title Units
ALH A010Health Occupations0.5
ALH A111Medical Terminology3
NC/FN A100Careers-Dietetics/Fdsci1
Total Units4.5
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ALH A115 Patient Care 2.5
FN A170 Nutrition 1 3
FSM A150 Fundamentals of Food Preparation 1 4
FSM A160 Sanitation and Safety 1 3
FSM A260 Supervision and Training Techniques 1 3
BIOL A221 Anatomy-Physiology 4
FSM A151 Food Production Management 1 2
NC A175 Health Care Field Experience 1 4
NC A180 Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 3
Completion of the first year with a "C" grade in all courses is required before beginning second year.  
Year 2
FN A144 Life Cycle Nutrition 3
FN A171 Applied Nutrition 2
NC A280 Intermediate Nutrition Care 2
NC A281 Supervised Practice 1 3
FSM A250 Menu Planning and Purchasing 3
NC A285 Advanced Nutrition Care 2
NC A286 Supervised Practice 2 3
 Total Units46.5
Requirement Units
Minimum Program Major Units 51
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Total Degree Units 69

Nutrition and Dietetics Technician Suggested Electives 

Course Title Units
ALH A120Human Diseases2
ALH A130Applied Pharmacology3
CMST A100Interpersonal Communication3
FN A195Food Science4
PSYC A100Introduction to Psychology3