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. The Dietetic Technician program is closed to new applicants as of 2017.
In support of the 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 you in your major from orientation through graduation. Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:
In your first semester, your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor is your advisor. In your second semester and beyond, you can log in to My LaGuardia to contact advisor(s) or make an appointment. 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.
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.
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.
Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.
Current Students Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.
ProspectiveStudents Review the Dietetic Technician Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.
Recommended Course Sequence
Clinical PhaseFall I
For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.
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
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.
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:
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.
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).