Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences : Nutrition and Foods with NDTR-careers in dietetics
Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (NDTRs) “are educated and trained at the technical level of nutrition and dietetics practice for the delivery of safe, culturally competent, quality food and nutrition services.” NDTRs may work independently in foodservice, community, and public health settings, and under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in a hospital or clinic.
The NDTR training program at NAU is a Future Education Model Bachelor program. In this new model, students earn a bachelor’s degree while completing competency-based education and supervised experiential learning. The NDTR program is a two-year option within the Bachelor’s degree. Students apply to the NDTR program in or before their junior year of study and the NDTR requirements are met in the final two years of degree work.
Upon successful completion of a bachelor-level Future Education Model program (such as the BS in Nutrition and Foods program with the NDTR requirements at NAU) students are eligible to sit for the Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered Examination.
Traditional dietetics education pathways to becoming a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered are still available and these include:
- Completing a dietetic technician program by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, that includes 450 hours of supervised practice experience in various community programs, health-care and foodservice facilities and having completed at least a two year associate’s degree at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university; or
- Completing coursework in an ACEND-accredited didactic program or coordinated program in dietetics and having completed at least a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.*
*This is similar to a Future Education Model, but follows slightly different accreditation standards.