The Dietetic Technician and Dietary Manager Curriculum
prepare individuals to promote optimal health through proper nutrition by providing personalized services to meet client’s needs, and ensure balanced diets. DTRs work independently as team members under the supervision of registered dietitians in a variety of employment settings, including healthcare, business and industry, community and public health, food service, and research. Many work environments require that an individual be credentialed as a DTR. Graduates of the Dietetic Technician Program are eligible for the national registration examination for dietetic technicians.
The Dietary Manager Certificate Program prepares individuals to be a trained food service professional. Dietary Managers are trained to manage menus, purchase food, prepare food, supervise staff, develop and maintain high levels of sanitation and work together with the registered dietitian to provide quality nutritional care to clients. Students are eligible for student Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) memberships. Graduates are eligible for the credentialing exam and active ANFP membership.
There are two (2) components to the dietetic programs: online and supervised practice. All course work is offered online via the Internet. Gaston College allows students within a two hour travel proximity to complete the supervised practice at Gaston College. Students complete their didactic education online, and the supervised practice at Gaston College and off-site facilities under the supervision of a preceptor or in their local community under the supervision of an approved preceptor.