Dietetic Technician Program

At this time, the program is no longer accepting new students in the Dietetic Technician Program at Southwest and will close as of July 31, 2019. For questions, please contact Megan Murphy, Program Coordinator, at 901-333-5055.

New Degree: Tennessee Transfer Pathway, Nutrition & Food Science Emphasis, A.S.

Southwest offers course work which leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree as a Dietetic Technician (opens new window). After completion of degree requirements, students receive a Verification of Completion Statement and are eligible to take the national registration exam. Upon passing the exam, the graduate will be a Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) (opens new window).

The mission of the Dietetic Technician Program is to prepare its graduates for career entry into the Dietetic profession by training competent graduates to facilitate the nutrition care process and manage food delivery systems for patient care. The program addresses educational needs of students, employers and communities in Shelby and Fayette Counties and the surrounding Mid-South regions as well as providing instruction in nutrition for other academic disciplines at Southwest.

Dietetic Technicians often work in partnership with registered dietitians and screen, evaluate and educate patients; manage and prevent diseases such as diabetes and obesity and monitors patient's progress and status. Dietetic Technicians often work in hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, foodservice providers, school food service and community nutrition programs.

The accreditation of Southwest's Dietetic Technician has been placed on probationary status by the:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (opens new window) of the Academy of the Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995

ACEND can be reached by calling 312-899-0040, extension 5400. For an explanation of probationary status, consult the coordinator of the dietetics program, Megan Murphy, at 901-333-5055 or email

Students not interested in an associate degree, can obtain a certificate in Food Preparation, Safety and Service.