Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Pathway III - Dietetic Technician Registration Eligible

The Dietetic Technician Internship Experience At A Distance at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) provides a unique opportunity to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered. The program is designed for individuals who have graduated with a BA/BS degree from an ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, previously, CADE–Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education) program within the last five years. The DT Internship Experience is ideal for individuals who are not pursuing an RD internship OR have not been selected for an RD internship at this time.

Students who successfully complete the internship experience are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) [formerly, ADA, American Dietetic Association]. 

          Course Requirements

The Dietetic Technician Internship Experience At A Distance at CCAC is designed to satisfy the competencies required in food service management, community and clinical nutrition. The internship is 480 hours and is completed in a single semester with the student intern having the flexibility to schedule the required experiences without relocating.  See the link (Practicum Experiences) in addition to details below.

Practicum 1: 240 hours First six weeks of the semester [ 3 weeks—Acute and 3 weeks—Long-term Care]

This practicum is completed in a hospital and long-term care facility and will include Food Service Mgmt and Clinical experiences. This is a full-time experience, requiring a 40-hour week that results in 240 internship hours over the six-week time period. An Acute Care setting and a Long-Term Care facility will provide the most comprehensive experiences.

Practicum 2: 240 hours Second six weeks of the semester [ Community Nutrition]

This experience is designed primarily to focus on the delivery of nutrition services to community groups within the local Public Health Department, Cooperative Extension, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Outpatient Nutrition services, Corporate Wellness programs, WIC, schools, day care centers, Area Agency on Aging and/or Meals on Wheels. Typically, a student is affiliated with one site; however, there are circumstances when more than one site is needed.

Practicum 2 provides the students with the opportunity to participate in the delivery of nutrition education and food service in a community setting.  

Diet Tech female student charting

Diet Tech student reviews medical records during Practicum 1-Clinical Rotation

Diet Tech student in kitchen

Learning how to be part of the kitchen team in Practicum 1-Food Service Rotation

Dietary Manager male student charting

Dietary Manager student reviews the fine points of nutrition care--Practicum 1, Clinical Rotation

Helpful Dietetics Program Links

Dietetics Program Information & Welcome Page

Dietetic Technician Program

Practicum Experiences