On behalf of the Department of Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Nutrition and Dietetics, I want to welcome you to Westchester Community College’s Dietetic Technician program. The Dietetic Technician Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, a specialized accrediting body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognized by the United States Department of Education.
As the Curriculum Chair for this program, I am happy that you have decided to embark on a nutrition career path. The Dietetic Technician (AAS) degree is unique in that it combines the principles taught in the classroom and culinary foods lab, with 450 hours of supervised clinical coursework, taught in local area hospitals and nursing homes. This experience allows our students to observe and participate in “real life” work scenarios under the guidance of a Registered Dietitian. The students are given the opportunity to implement the skills and principles taught in the classrooms and culinary foods lab, emphasizing the importance of adequate nutrition and diet, as it relates to wellness and a healthy life-style.
The program is designed to provide high quality didactic and experiential learning opportunities that will prepare entry level Dietetic Technicians and Dietetic Technicians Registered with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to compete effectively in the evolving job market of Westchester County and the surrounding area.
The job outlook for dietetic professionals continues to look positive. Working under the guidance of a Registered Dietitian, the Dietetic Technician is employed in various health-care facilities, nursing homes, health clubs, public health facilities and community agencies.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding your decision to pursue the Dietetic Technician degree or, stop by my office which is located in the Student Center Building, room 211.
Once again, welcome to our program. I look forward to meeting you.
Teresa Schlanger, RD CD-N
Curriculum Chair: Joanne Seid, RDN
Office Location: STC-211