Dietetic Technician Advanced

Information to Prospective Students & the Public

Before you pursue Pathway II (DT Advanced), please review Pathway III.

Pathway III Information

The Commission on Dietetic Registration established a new registration eligibility pathway for dietetic technicians. Effective June 1, 2009, individuals who have completed both a baccalaureate degree and a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will be able to take the registration examination for dietetic technicians without meeting additional academic or supervised practice requirements.

For more information please visit the Commission on Dietetic Registration website.


Pathway II Information - DT Advanced

Description of DT Advanced

Advanced Application Pre-requisites

Application Packet/Deadlines

Steps to Apply to DT Advanced-Pathway II

Health Declaration

Additional Requirements

After Completion of DT Advanced/Verification Statement

Mission of the DT Program
Goals and Outcomes Measures
Accreditation, Dietetic Technician Program
Accreditation, Central Arizona College


Description of DT Advanced
The Dietetic Education Program at Central Arizona College (CAC) provides a unique opportunity to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered. This program is designed for students who graduated with a B.A./B.S. degree approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE)) within the last five years. The DT Advanced is ideal for individuals who are not pursuing an internship for Registered Dietitians (RD) or have not been selected for an RD internship at this time. The Dietetic Technician Advanced is designed to satisfy competencies required in food service management, community and clinical nutrition. Students have flexibility in scheduling the required experiences without relocating.

Course and Internship Requirement
NTR157 Foundations of Dietetics Internship (2 credits)
NTR295 Professional Practice Internship (1 credit)
NTR296 Dietetic Technician Internship (6 credits) (RD Preceptor supervises a minimum of 450 hours)

DT Advanced Application Pre-requisites:

  • An Original Verification Statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Degree must have been completed within the last 5 years or additional courses may be required.

  • Read DT Program Handbook.

  • Apply to Central Arizona College 

Application Packet/Deadlines

  • Applications are accepted once a year for Fall semester entry into the DT Program. Application Packets will be accepted by mail only from February 1st through June 15th. Faxed or emailed applications will not be considered. Notification letters will be mailed on or before July 6th. All documents must be complete and typed. No documents will be returned.

  • Enrollment is limited and the selective admission process is highly competitive. Students must meet the admission requirements of the program and those required for admission to Central Arizona College.

  • Selection for admission to the DT Advanced Program (Pathway II) is based on the following point system.

27 points awarded for Official Transcripts and the Verifications Statement
23 points available for the Letter of Intent
Total of 50 points possible

  • Application packets will be date stamped upon receipt. In case of a tie, the tie breaker will be the earliest date that the application was received. There will be 25 students admitted in the DTP for entry in the fall semester.

Steps to apply to DT Advanced - Pathway II

Step One - Application for Admission to DT Program

The Application Packet must include the following:

  • Original Verification Statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The Verification Statement must be signed in blue.

  • Completed Application for Admission - Dietetic Technician Advanced. (Fillable Word document - Save document first)

  • Letter of Intent explaining your interest in the field of dietetics and why you want to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered.

  • Two letters of Recommendation (from a colleague, current or past employer, current or former instructor)

  • Official Transcripts
    The Official Transcripts from colleges/universities you attended must be received in the original sealed envelope (with secured seal from the college/university). The transcript will not be considered official if the seal (closure) of the envelope is broken when it is received.

Step Two - Mail Application Packet to:

Central Arizona College
Dietetic Education Program - DTP
8470 N. Overfield Rd
Coolidge, AZ 85128

Step Three - Admission Status

  • Upon receipt of the application packet, an email confirmation will be sent to you from

  • Successful applicants will be notified with acceptance letters. Students that were not accepted at this time will also receive notification letters.

Health Declaration

It is essential that dietetic technician students be able to perform a number of physical activities in the clinical portion of the program. At a minimum, students may be required to stand or sit for several hours at a time. Perform bending and lifting activities. Students who have a chronic illness or condition must be maintained on current treatment and be able to implement these duties.

The clinical experience may place students under considerable mental and emotional stress as they undertake responsibilities and duties impacting patients' lives. Students must be able to demonstrate rational and appropriate behavior under stressful conditions. Individuals should give careful consideration to the mental and physical demands of the program.

Additional Requirements

Additional requirements are completed after admission to the DT Program. These include but are not limited to:

  • The Dietetic Technician Program uses an independent contractor prior to internship placement, to manage several of the program requirements: Immunization/Drug Screening/TB Skin Test/Criminal Background Check.

  • You must have health insurance to complete the internship.

  • Other items may be required based on facility placement. 

After Completion of DT Advanced - Verification Statement 

The Verification Statement is the method used by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to ensure that the supervised practice requirements have been met to be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

After the student’s name is submitted to CDR, the Dietetic Education Program Director will provide the Dietetic Technician Advanced student with the appropriate number of Verification Statements. It is the responsibility of the student to safeguard them until the time they are to be used in various application processes e.g. employment applications or applying to an RD program. 

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Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814