• Dietetic Technician

    The Dietetic Technician Program is a gateway into the field of food, nutrition and health, providing exciting and engaging career opportunities in health care and the food industry. The program is designed to educate students in the areas of medical nutrition therapy and dietetics with a focus on the role of human nutrition in health and wellness.

  • Students learn the nutrition care process, which includes screening and assessing patients/clients, and designing and implementing individualized nutritional intervention strategies for them. The study of food systems management develops competencies in production management, menu development, food safety principles, and human resources management and supervision. The required science courses include human anatomy and physiology and chemistry. As part of their coursework, students complete three field experience courses in health care facilities and community sites in the New York City area. Successful graduates of the DTP are eligible to sit for the Dietetic Technician registration exam. This exam, which is administered through the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is recognized nationally.  

  •  Curriculum Overview

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    Review the Dietetic Technician Curriculum  and the recommended course sequence below.

     Pre-Clinical and Clinical Phases

    All students accepted into the college as a Dietetic Technician (DTP) major are considered to be in the pre-clinical phase of the program. Pre-clinical key courses are required for a student to apply for candidacy into the clinical phase of the DTP. The pre-clinical key courses are: 

    • SCB 203 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • SCC 110 Foundations of Chemistry
    • SCD 200 Introductory Nutrition
    • ENG 101 Composition I

    Application for candidacy in the DTP occurs once a year in the Spring I semester. Pre-Clinical Key Courses must be completed by the end of the Spring I semester in which a student applies for candidacy to the clinical phase of the program. A grade of C or better must be earned in all key courses. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 is the minimum GPA required for candidacy into the program. HSF 090 - First Year Seminar for Health Sciences should be taken in the first semester at the college. The “Clinical” Phase sequence only begins in the fall semester.

    Review the Dietetic Technician Program Handbook for detailed information.

    The Dietetic Technician Program Proof of Residency Requirement

    Beginning with the spring 2017 semester all students applying for candidacy in the LaGuardia Community College Dietetic Technician Program must provide documentation in one of the following categories, in addition to meeting the program's candidacy requirements:

    • U. S. Citizenship
    • Permanent Residency
    • International Student with F1 Status
    • Deferred Action Status by the U. S. Government Granted Asylum, Refugee Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal

    Students who are interested in pursuing a health career and are unable to provide documentation in one of the categories listed above are urged to contact the Office of International Student Services located in Room M166 or call (718) 482-5143 to schedule an appointment. In addition, the City University of New York provides free counseling and assistance to all CUNY students through the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project. Further information can be located at the following CUNY website: http://web.cuny.edu/about/citizenship.html.

     Advising Team

    In support of LaGuardia's mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support students in their major from orientation through graduation.

    The advisement team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide students at every step during their college career. They are ready to help:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.

    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.

    Please feel free to reach out to the faculty or advisors with any questions or assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.

    Advising Team Faculty Members Email Phone Extension Office Location
    Rosann Ippolito, MS, RDN, CDN
    Associate Professor; Program Director
    E 300M
    Cynthia Pierce, MS, RDN, CDN
    Assistant Professor; Clinical Coordinator
    E 300N
    Nicolle Fernandes, PhD, RDN
    Assistant Professor
    E 300O
    Jenny Palios, BA, DTR
    Senior College Laboratory Technician
    jpalios@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5905
    M 167

    Advising Team Staff Members Email Phone Extension Office Location
    Jill Janofsky, Sr. Academic Advisor
    B 100Q
    Carole Julien, Sr. Academic Advisor cjulien@lagcc.cuny.edu
    B 100T
    Rosanna Pichardo, Sr. Academic Advisor 
    B 100C

     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 New York University (NYU). The LAGCC DTP is a participant in the NYU Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP). 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 which is a flexible distance education program designed specifically for the Registered Dietetic Technician (DTR).

     Career Profile

    The Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) works independently or as a team member under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD or RDN) in a variety of employment settings.

    • Health care such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, retirement centers, home health-care programs and research facilities working in the treatment and prevention of disease.
    • Schools, day-care centers, correctional facilities, restaurants, health-care facilities, supervising employees, production management, purchasing and inventory controls; and budget preparation 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, educating clients on food, fitness and health.
    • Food management companies or food distributing operations, food manufacturers etc., menu development, production supervision, quality assurance monitoring, sales, consumer information.

    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 $45,000 + benefits.

    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 accredited 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/Nutritionist (RD or RDN).  Advanced degrees in this field provide additional employment opportunities in health care as well as in the food industry.