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       31-10 Thomson Avenue
       Long Island City, NY 11101

       Room:  E300-O
       Phone: (718) 482-5973
                   (718) 482-5758
                   (718) 482-5905
                   (718) 482-5740
                   (718) 482-5762
     

  • About Us

    Welcome to the Dietetic Technician Program (DTP) at LaGuardia Community College (LaGCC) of the City University of New York (CUNY). This website provides information on the policies relating to the DTP with an emphasis on acceptance into the clinical phase of the program. Students will receive additional information as they progress through the DTP. Course specific materials will provide more detailed information relating to individual courses.

    LaGCC is a two-year institution granting degrees on the associate level. The College is committed to educational programs that combine classroom learning and work experience. This philosophy presents the ideal setting for the DTP offered through the Health Sciences Department. Graduates of the DTP receive an Associate of Science degree.

    Additional general information related to advising, transfer, financial aid, and other information to support student success is located at the end of this brochures.

    Students can contact program faculty members for additional information or clarification as needed. Contact information for the DTP faculty is:


    The Dietetic Technician Program:

    • Is the nutrition major at LaGuardia Community College
    • This program has a candidacy eligibility requirement

    The DTP is a gateway for students into the field of nutrition, food, and health that provides career opportunities that are limited only by the graduates’ imagination. Graduates find interesting and engaging employment in the health career industry. Advanced degrees in this field provide employment options within health care as well as in the business world.

    Faculty Contact Information

    Rosann Ippolito, MS, RD, CDN
    Associate Professor
    Associate Professor/Program Director
    Office: E300-M
    Phone: (718) 482-5973
    E-mail: ippolitoro@lagcc.cuny.edu  
    Cynthia Pierce, MS, RD, CDN
    Assistant Professor/Clinical Coordinator
    Office: E300-N
    Phone: (718) 482- 5758
    E-mail: cpierce@lagcc.cuny.edu    
    Jenny Palios, BA, DTR
    Sr. College Laboratory Technician
    Office: M-167
    Phone: (718) 482-5905
    E-mail: jpalios@lagcc.cuny.edu  
    Nicolle V. Fernandes, PhD, RD
    Assistant Professor
    Office: E300-O
    Phone: (718) 482-5762
    E-mail: nfernandes@lagcc.cuny.edu 


  • Health Sciences Advising Council

    Academic advisement for students who need to complete developmental skills courses, and who are on probation, is provided by the Health Sciences Academic Advisors. Students can contact academic advisors for additional information or clarification as needed. Contact information for the academic advisors is:

    Jill Janofsky
    Academic Advisor
    Office: B-100
    Phone (718) 482-5249
    E-mail: jjanosfky@lagcc.cuny.edu  
    Jean Buckley-Lockhart
    Academic Advisor
    Office: B-100
    Phone (718) 482-5258
    E-mail: jeanb@lagcc.cuny.edu  
    Carole Julien
    Academic Advisor
    Office: B-100
    Phone (718) 482-6006
    E-mail: cjulien@lagcc.cuny.edu  
     
  •  Credentialing as a DTR and the Verification Statement

    To become a DTR, you will need to:

    • Complete a two-year associate degree granted by a US regionally accredited college/university, and complete the requirements in an ACEND-accredited DTP.
    • Pass a national written examination administered by CDR through American College Testing (ACT)
    • Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

    Initiating the DTR Exam Process: The DTP director will provide each graduate with a CDR “Student Exit Packet” with graduate documents (to be completed and returned to the DTP director); as well as information about the DTR exam. The DTP director will submit the completed documents for each graduate to CDR to initiate the testing process. It is the graduate’s responsibility to make arrangements to take the DTR examination.

    The Verification Statement: The DTP director will provide each graduate with six (6) original copies of the Verification Statement established by the CDR which indicates their completion of the academic and supervised practice requirements of the DTP and can be provided, upon request, to prospective employers, a licensure board, and to the Academy for membership.

     Admission

    The Dietetic Technician Program

    • The nutrition major at LaGuardia Community College.
    • This program has a candidacy eligibility requirement.

    The DTP is a gateway for students into the field of nutrition, food, and health that provides career opportunities that are limited only by the graduates’ imagination. Graduates find interesting and engaging employment in the health career industry. Advanced degrees in this field provide employment options within health care as well as in the business world.

    As part of the City University of New York, (CUNY), LaGCC’s admission policy is governed by CUNY policy. CUNY policy on admissions requires a student to have:

    1. A high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate; and
    2. A completed application with accompanying fee payment.

    New Students: All new students who are DTP majors are admitted into the pre-clinical phase of the program. Progression into the clinical phase is competitive and is based on candidacy. All students who change their major to DTP are also considered to be in the pre-clinical phase of the program.

    Transfer Students: Students who transfer into the college are also accepted into the pre-clinical phase of the DTP and must apply for candidacy. Students who transfer science credit for sequential courses must transfer both parts of the course to LaGCC to receive the science credit; have an earned grade of C or better in the courses; and must have completed the courses within five years of beginning the clinical phase of the DTP for the credits to be applied.

    All courses that are transferred into the college as a DTP key course and/or a clinical phase course will have the grades transferred in as well. All courses transferred in as part of the DTP curriculum must be approved by the DTP director; have an earned grade of C or better; and must have been completed within 5 years of beginning the clinical phase of the DTP for the credits to be applied.

    There are two ways to file an application as a freshman or Transfer applicant:

    1. Apply online: www.laguardia.edu/applynow .To guide you through the application process and to view additional information you can go to www.cuny.edu and click on Apply to CUNY.
    2. Visit and apply in-person during Direct Admission. Please refer to www.311learn.com or call 718-482-7206 or visit the Admissions Office in room C-102.
     ePortfolio

    The DTP requires students to complete a professional ePortfolio to document their educational journey through the College and in the DTP. Students must save all their written /oral work on a travel drive for easy upload of required assignments.

    Initial development of the ePortfolio begins in course SCD 107 Careers in Food & Nutrition. Students are provided technical support throughout the curriculum in depositing work into their ePortfolio and the college assessment section. In the program’s capstone course, SCD 253 Foodservice Administration, students complete their ePortfolio as a requirement of the course.

     Preparation for Supervised Practice (Fieldwork)

    The supervised practice (fieldwork) component of the program allows students to participate in the daily operation of a food and nutrition department under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian (RD). Students directly apply the knowledge received in their nutrition and foodservice management courses to practical experiences at the work site. Health care facilities and community-based nutrition programs located in the New York Metropolitan Area serve as fieldwork placements for students in the DTP. Students are NOT paid while completing their fieldwork experience.  

    Students are required to complete 480 hours over three semesters completing their supervised field experience. Field experience courses are scheduled in Spring I of the first year of the program, and Fall I and Spring I of the second year of the program, and Fall I and Spring I of the second year.

    • The first field experience course is foodservice oriented with a particular emphasis on food production and sanitation and safety.
    • The second field experience course addresses medical nutrition therapy.
    • The third field experience is a service-learning experience in community nutrition.

    If a Student had previous paid work experience within the field of dietetics he/she may apply for a waiver from the supervised practice hours for SCD 260 Dietetic Field Experience I. The student will still be required to enroll in the course and participate in the weekly seminars on campus. Students will receive specific procedures to request a waiver in SCD 107 Careers in Food & Nutrition course.

    Students who are employed in the food and nutrition department in a hospital or nursing home can request to use their work site as their fieldwork site. Permission of their work supervisor and the DTP clinical coordinator is required.

    The DTP clinical coordinator maintains the final say as to where, when and IF a student is allowed to enroll in a field experience course.

     The Career Ladder

    Students may wish to continue their studies at a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. By completing an ACEND approved bachelor’s degree program and a dietetic internship (or equivalent) a student is eligible to take the dietitian’s registration examination. After successful completion of this examination, an individual is a Registered Dietitian (RD).



     Transfer Opportunities

    Area colleges accept the majority of LaGuardia course credits towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. DTP graduates transfer to Queens College, Brooklyn College, Lehman College, and NYU. The LaGCC DTP is a participant in the NYU Community College Transfer Opportunity Program. NYU accepts all the credits earned by a DTP graduate at LaGuardia.

    The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-SHRP Bachelor of Science in Health Science offers a Coordinated Dietetics Program within the Department of Nutritional Science. It is a flexible distance education program designed specifically for the Registered Dietetic Technician (DTR). The program consists of didactic course work and clinical rotations. All course work is offered through the internet on Angel. Only students who have passed the DTR exam are eligible for this unique program.



     Professional Organizations

    Two national organizations represent the Dietetic Technician professionally. These organizations are the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals. Graduates of the DTP are eligible for membership in both of these organizations.

    Students can become members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The cost for student membership is $50.00 (2012-13). Once a member, students will receive the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a monthly publication, and they can join any practice group within the organization. The Dietetic Technicians in Practice is one in particular that focuses on the role of the DT in the delivery of food and nutrition services.

    Students can also become student members in the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals. The cost for student membership in ANFP is $60.00 (2012-13). DTP graduates are also eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals. Success on this exam grants the credential of Certified Dietary Manager (CDM).



     Employment

    The DTR works independently or as a team member under the supervision of a registered dietitian (RD) in a variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, community/public health, foodservice and research. The level of independent work that a DTR experiences on the job is based on experience, the job itself, and the need of the facility.

    Many work environments require that an individual be credentialed as a DTR. DTRs work in:

    • Hospitals, HMOs, clinics, nursing homes, retirement centers, hospices, home health-care programs and research facilities helping to treat and prevent disease by conducting screens, gathering data and performing other tasks to assist the registered dietitian in providing medical nutrition therapy as an important part of health-care teams.
    • Schools, day-care centers, correctional facilities, restaurants, health-care facilities, corporations and hospitals, supervising employees, production management, purchasing and food preparation and preparing budgets within foodservice operations.
    • Women, infant, children (WIC) programs, public health agencies, Meals on Wheels and community health programs, developing and teaching nutrition classes for the public.
    • Health clubs, weight management clinics and community wellness centers, helping to educate clients about the connection between food, fitness and health.
    • Food companies, contract food management companies or food vending and distributing operations developing menus, overseeing foodservice sanitation and food safety and preparing food labeling information and nutrient analysis.

    The salary of a DTR is influenced by many factors such as the amount of applicable past work experience and the need of the institution. The typical entry salary for a DTR in the New York Metropolitan Area is approximately $40,000.



     Goals and Objectives

    The Dietetic Technician Program has as its goals and objectives: 


    GOAL 1: To prepare students for the present and future needs of the workplace as dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). 

    Objectives: 

    1. Over a 5 year period, 70% of graduates will pass the exam within one year of their first attempt.
    2. Over a 5 year period, > 70% of graduates will pass the DTR registration examination on their first attempt.
    3. At least 70% of students will complete the program within 3 years of entering the clinical phase of the program, or 150% of the time planned for completion.
    4. Over a 5 year period, at least 70% of graduates who sought employment in dietetics or a related field will be employed within 12 months of program completion as reported on the Graduate Survey.
    5. Over a 5 year period, 40% or greater of graduates will indicate that they continued their education in a baccalaureate program in dietetics or a related fields as reported on the Graduate Survey.
    6. Over a 5 year period, 70% or greater of graduates will agree or strongly agree that they were prepared for entry level dietetic technician practice as reported on the Graduate Survey.
    7. Over a 5 year period, 70% of employers will agree or strongly agree that graduates of the DTP were prepared for entry level dietetic technician practice as reported on the Employer Survey.

    GOAL 2: To foster an appreciation for service to the community.

    Objective: 

    1. Over a 5 year period, at least 30% of students will participate in service to the community above that required by the program.


     Financial Concerns

    The following information will help students entering the DTP to calculate the cost of attending and completing the program. Generally, a student budget consists of the direct educational costs of tuition, fees, books, transportation, lunch and supplies. In addition, the DTP student will encounter added costs of transportation to and from clinical centers. Note that the DTP student is required to complete three unpaid internships.

     

    Costs for Full-time Students as of the 2013 - 2014 College Catalog

    Tuition  $2,100.00/semester 
    Student Fees   $182.85 per semester 

    Additional costs for the program are estimated as follows:

    Books  $1000/year 
    Liability Insurance  $24/year 
    Physical exam  based on your provider 
    White Lab Coat for Foods Laboratory  $50.00 
    Travel  $1000/year 
    DTR registration exam application fee  $120.00 
    A.N.D. student membership fee  $ 50.00 
    Fingerprinting for Criminal Background Check (if required)  $ 50.00  

     
            
     
         
      
     

     Student Food and Nutrition Club
    All DTP majors (pre-clinical and clinical) are strongly encouraged to join the LaGCC Student Food & Nutrition Club and actively participate in the club activities on campus. There is no separate charge for membership. The student activity fees paid at the time of registration cover the costs of student membership. Participation in the Food & Nutrition Club provides students with an opportunity for networking, campus service learning, and field trips.
     Accreditation Status
    The accreditation of LaGuardia Community College’s Dietetic Technician Program has been placed on probationary status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, USA, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400. http://www.eatright.org/ACEND. For an explanation of probationary status, consult the director of the dietetics program.

    A copy of the accreditation standards and/or ACEND’s policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995 or by calling 1 (800) 877-1600, extension 5400 or at acend@eatright.org or at www.eatright.org/ACEND. In order to meet the ACEND standards, data on DTP outcomes is conducted. Data is collected in a variety of areas. Data for outcomes measures is available upon request from the Program Director.

    ACEND will review complaints that relate to a program’s compliance with the accreditation standards. The commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dietetics education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individual matters of admission, appointment, or promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff, or students.

    Current students in the DTP will be considered a graduate of an accredited program. Upon successful completion of the program, DTP graduates are eligible to take the Dietetic Technician Registration (DTR) exam. The exam is administered through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) is a graduate of an ACEND accredited DTP who has successfully passed the registration exam.
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