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Nutrition and Dietetics Technician Program

National Exam Eligible
A. S. Degree
Approx. Cost

Approx. Length
4 semesters (full-time)
required for
Al H A010, Al H A111,
NC 100

Associate of Science Degree:

This is an Associate of Science degree program.  All Associate of Science degree requirements must be completed. (See Course Catalog for specific requirements). It is recommended that students complete at least 15-17 units of general education requirements prior to entering the program

Program Admission:

To enroll in the program, students must successfully complete the Allied Health 010 course. At the end of the course, students complete the Application to the School of Allied Health and indicate their program choice as Nutrition and Dietetics Technician. Students will then receive additional information from the Program Director. For more information regarding the Allied Health 010 class, read our Frequently Asked Questions 

Length of program

The length of the program is two years (4 semesters) if a full-time student. To follow the sequence of classes, students should start their first semester in the fall. 

Academic/Program Calendar

The Nutrition and Dietetics Technician program follows the Orange Coast College academic calendar.


Program cost

The program costs approximately $5,000 for the four semesters.  For a breakdown of costs, refer to the Nutrition and Dietetics Technician Program Handbook. Consult the current college fees for actual costs. 


Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available. For more information, visit our Financial Aid Office web site.

Employment possibilities

Under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered (NDTR) are employed in direct patient/client nutrition care in practice areas such as: hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement centers.

Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians also find employment providing nutrition services in a variety of community settings such as: school food service, school nutrition education, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs, public health agencies, food banks, and community health programs.


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates receive a verification of program completion statement and are eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietetics Technicians, administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, in order to become credentialed as a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) .  The Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered credential signifies that the individual has completed the minimum of an A.S. degree, an accredited Nutrition and Dietetics Technician program which includes a minimum of 450 hours of supervised practice hours, and passed the national Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians. Credentials are maintained through 50 hours of continuing education credits every 5 years.

Program Completion Requirements

In order to graduate from the Nutrition and Dietetics Technician program and obtain a Verification of Program Completion statement from the program director, students must successfully complete the following:

  1. General education course requirements satisfying the Associate of Science Degree

  2. All required program courses with a grade of 'C' or better

  3. A minimum of 450 hours of Supervised Practice in community agencies and health care facilities.

  4. A portfolio of accomplishments

  5. The Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered Practice Exam, administered by Orange Coast College Dietetic Technician Program instructors, with a 75% score or better.


Orange Coast College also has a California Department of Health approved program (7 classes) for training of dietetic service supervisors (DSS) who work independently under the direction of a consultant dietitian in an extended care or nursing home facility.

Contact information
Beth Blake, Program Coordinator            Caryn Plum, Allied Health Advisor
Office: Journalism 106A                                    Office: CS&D 101C                          
714-432-0202, ext. 26430                                      714-432-5945
                                                              Make an Appointment on-line.
Allied Health Program Assistant
Alexia Wood