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Degrees & Certificates

The Nutrition and Dietetics program serves those who wish to train for a career in the nutrition and dietetics field, those who wish to prepare for transfer to a four-year institution, and those who are currently employed in an agency providing nutrition/dietetics services and who seek training for career advancement or certification as Dietetic Technicians.

There are two majors in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department: Dietary Manager (DM), and Dietetic Technology (DT). To qualify for the Certificate of Achievement in Dietary Manager (Dietetic Service Supervisor), students must satisfactorily complete the Certificate requirements specified for that major. To qualify for the AS degree in Dietetic Technology, students must satisfactorily complete the Degree Major requirements. Some courses in this major also satisfy the General Education requirements.

The Nutrition and Dietetics program is dedicated to fostering a learning environment that:

  • Provides the healthcare community with culturally diverse dietetic practitioners who have excellent training, ethics and professionalism.
  • Supports the lifelong academic and professional success of every student, regardless of race, national origin or economic status.
  • Contributes to institutional success by preparing students to successfully complete their training and find employment, and to be responsive to community needs and become active leaders and mentors in the field of dietetics.

Eligibility/Admission Requirements for Dietary Manager and Dietetic Technician
Field Placement/Internship Programs:

    1. A recent (within 6 months) physical examination certifying good physical health, a negative TB screening, immunization history, and verification of a clear background check must be satisfactorily completed, at the student’s own expense, and results submitted at the application orientation meeting held at the beginning of May for the Fall semester and in December for the Spring semester.
    2. Active e-mail account.
    3. Pre-requisite courses in Nutrition and Dietetics must be completed before applying for admission into the Dietary Manager or the Dietetic Technician Field Placement/Internship programs.
      • Nutrition and Dietetics major courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
      • Nutr 1 is highly recommended. This course is a survey of the various professions in nutrition and dietetics, including academic requirements, job opportunities, and program details. Students’ coursework from previous institutions is discussed and evaluated in this course which is helpful to the student in developing a Student Educational Plan (see Step 6 in Eligibility/Admission Requirements).
      • Nutr 10, 12, 30, 31*, and 32* must be taken prior to applying to the field placement/internship program. This coursework must be current and have been taken within the last seven (7) years.

*Nutr 31 or 32 (one course only) may be taken concurrently with Nutr 70A/71A.

  1. Transcript evaluation: Upon admission to the college, students should obtain an Initial Evaluation Request Form from the college’s Admissions and Records Office for courses completed at other colleges or universities. Go to the American Dietetic Association website, www.eatright.org, for a list of agencies that are accepted to evaluate foreign transcripts for Nutrition and Dietetics.
  2. Two sets of official transcripts from all colleges outside of the Peralta District must be on file: One set to the District Admission and Records Office, and one set to the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Merritt College. Coursework taken at a Peralta College is available already; therefore, it is not necessary to send transcripts for coursework completed in the Peralta Community College District.
  3. Develop a Student Educational Plan (SEP).

Highly Recommended Preparation:
CIS 1, Introduction to Computer Information Systems: Students entering the DM/DSS and DT programs are expected to demonstrate intermediate skills using Microsoft Word, e-mail, and navigating the Internet. Students who are not proficient are advised to complete CIS 1 at Merritt (or an equivalent course at another college).

DIETARY MANAGER

The Dietary Manager program is designed for those who seek advancement into management positions in food service, especially in the healthcare environment. Completion of this program qualifies one for employment in a long-term healthcare facility as a Dietetic Service Supervisor (DSS designation, State of California Department of Public Health). It also qualifies the graduate to apply for certification with the national Dietary Managers Association as a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) and Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP).  Pass rates on the national Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) exam for the first six months of 2014 was 60%; the national pass rate is 72%. Merritt students who receive a Certificate of Achievement may manage the food service operations in a CMS health care facility in the State of California without passing the national exam. Certificate of Achievement in Dietary Manager (Dietetic Service Supervisor) will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the Major course requirements.

Dietary Manager Program (DM) Outcomes

  • Graduates will communicate with staff and clients in a professional and culturally sensitive manner.
  • Graduates will be readily employed.
  • Graduates will display effective dietary management skills.
  • Graduates will synthesize the knowledge and skills to pass the national CDM exam.
  • Graduates will provide and maintain the highest level of personal ethical behavior.
  • Graduates will utilize up to date, evidence-based practices in the field of dietary management.

 

Certificate of Achievement Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
NUTR 10 Nutrition (4)
or
BIOL 31 Nutrition (4)
or
BIOL 28 Human Nutrition (3)
and
NUTR 1 Survey of Nutrition and Dietetics (1) 4
NUTR 12 Nutrition and Disease 3
NUTR 30 Sanitation and Safety 2
NUTR 31 Food-Production Systems 3
NUTR 32 Supervision and Training 3
NUTR 70A Seminar in Supervised Practice, Level A 2
NUTR 71A Rotations in Supervised Practice, Level A
(1-4)
2
Total Required Units: 19

Highly Recommended:

NUTR 1, Survey of Nutrition and Dietetics: This course is a survey of the various professions in nutrition and dietetics, including academic requirements, job opportunities, and program details. Students’ coursework from previous institutions is discussed and evaluated in this course which is helpful to the student in developing a Student Educational Plan (see Step 6 in Eligibility/Admission Requirements).

1The courses listed meet course-content graduation requirements specified by the Nutrition and Dietetics Department to meet American Dietetic Association standards. Some of these courses also meet General Education requirements for the Associate degree. NOTE: Students who plan to sit for the American Dietetic Association (ADA) exam for Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) certification must possess an Associate or higher degree before applying to take the exam.

2Engl 1A is required for transfer and for the Associate degree.

3Math 203 or a more advanced Mathematics course is required for the Associate degree; Math 50 or higher is required for transfer.

Recommended Sequence of Courses for Five Semesters:1

Dept/No. Title Units
SUMMER (FIRST SEMESTER)
NUTR 10
or
BIOL 28 Human Nutrition (3)
or
BIOL 31 Nutrition (4) 3-4
Semester Total: 3-4
FALL (SECOND SEMESTER)
BIOL 24 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
CIS 205 Computer Literacy
or
Other Area 4c course 1
HLTOC 201 Medical Terminology I 2
NUTR 12 Nutrition and Disease 3
NUTR 30 Sanitation and Safety 2
NUTR 322
Supervision and Training     3
Semester Total: 15
SPRING (THIRD SEMESTER)
ENGL 1A3 Composition and Reading 4
MATH 2034 Intermediate Algebra 4
NUTR 312 Food-Production Systems 3
NUTR 70A Seminar in Supervised Practice, Level A 2
NUTR 71A Rotations in Supervised Practice, Level A (1-4)     2
Semester Total: 15
FALL (FOURTH SEMESTER)
ANTHR 3 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
or
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology
or
SOC 5 Minority Groups 3
COMM 20 Interpersonal Communication Skills 3
NUTR 70B Seminar in Supervised Practice, Level B 3
NUTR 71B Rotations in Supervised Practice, Level B (1-4) 3
PSYCH 1A Introduction to General Psychology     3
Semester Total: 15
SPRING (FIFTH SEMESTER)
NUTR 70C Seminar in Supervised Practice, Level C 3
NUTR 71C Rotations in Supervised Practice, Level C (1-4) 3
Plus: Ethnic Studies (Area 5) course 3
And: Humanities (Area 3) course     3
Semester Total: 12
Total Required Degree Major Units: 60-61

1 Out-of-district and/or out-of-state courses will be individually evaluated through the Counseling Office to determine if they fulfill the Merritt College General Education requirements. See a counselor regarding General Education requirements, or contact the Nutrition and Dietetics Department for evaluation of previously-completed coursework in nutrition and dietetics and possible course waiver. A written exam may be required to demonstrate currency. At least 12 units of Associate degree-level coursework must be completed at Merritt College.

2 Nutr 32 is offered only in Fall semester; Nutr 31 is offered only in Spring semester.
3 Engl 1A is required for transfer and for the Associate degree.
Math 203 or a more advanced Mathematics course is required for the Associate degree; Math 50 or higher is required for transfer.

DIETETIC TECHNOLOGY

The Dietetic Technology program provides training for Dietetic Technicians, who work cooperatively with Registered Dietitians. The Dietetic Technician is certified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) to screen clients for nutritional risk, assist in the nutrition care process, implement and assist in monitoring nutrition intervention, and supervise food production and service. The Dietetic Technician, trained in food and nutrition, is an integral member of the healthcare, business and industry, public health, food service and research team.

Dietetic Technology Program (DT) Outcomes

  • Graduates will communicate with staff and clients in a professional and culturally sensitive manner.
  • Graduates will be readily employed.
  • Graduates will display effective clinical nutrition skills.
  • Graduates will synthesize the knowledge and skills to pass the national DTR exam.
  • Graduates will provide and maintain the highest level of personal ethical behavior.
  • Graduates will utilize up to date, evidence-based practices in the field of dietetic technology.

Degree Major Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
NUTR 10 Nutrition (4)
or
BIOL 28 Human Nutrition (3)
or
BIOL 31 Nutrition (4) 3-4
and
NUTR 12 Nutrition and Disease 3
NUTR 30 Sanitation and Safety 2
NUTR 31 Food-Production Systems 3
NUTR 32 Supervision and Training 3
NUTR 70A Seminar in Supervised Practice, Level A 2
NUTR 70B Seminar in Supervised Practice, Level B 3
NUTR 70C Seminar in Supervised Practice, Level C 3
NUTR 71A Rotations in Supervised Practice, Level A (1-4) 2
NUTR 71B Rotations in Supervised Practice, Level B (1-4) 3
NUTR 71C Rotations in Supervised Practice, Level C (1-4) 3
ANTHR 3 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
or
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology
or
SOC 5 Minority Groups 3
BIOL 24 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
COMM 20 Interpersonal Communication Skills 3
ENGL 1A2 Composition and Reading 4
HLTOC 201 Medical Terminology I 2
MATH 2033 Intermediate Algebra 4
PSYCH 1A Introduction to General Psychology 3
Plus: Computer Literacy (Area 4c) course 1
And: Ethnic Studies (Area 5) course 3
And: Humanities (Area 3) course     3
Total Required Units: 60-61

Highly Recommended:

Nutr 1, Survey of Nutrition and Dietetics: This course is a survey of the various professions in nutrition and dietetics, including academic requirements, job opportunities, and program details. Students’ coursework from previous institutions is discussed and evaluated in this course which is helpful to the student in developing a Student Educational Plan (see Step 6 in Eligibility/Admission Requirements).
1The courses listed meet course-content graduation requirements specified by the Nutrition and Dietetics Department to meet American Dietetic Association standards. Some of these courses also meet General Education requirements for the Associate degree. NOTE: Students who plan to sit for the American Dietetic Association (ADA) exam for Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) certification must possess an Associate or higher degree before applying to take the exam.
2Engl 1A is required for transfer and for the Associate degree.
3Math 203 or a more advanced Mathematics course is required for the Associate degree; Math 50 or higher is required for transfer.

Recommended Sequence of Courses for Five Semesters:1

Dept/No. Title Units
SUMMER (FIRST SEMESTER)
NUTR 10 Nutrition (4)
or
BIOL 28 Human Nutrition (3)
or
BIOL 31 Nutrition (4) 3-4
Semester Total: 3-4
FALL (SECOND SEMESTER)
BIOL 24 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
CIS 205 Computer Literacy
or
Other Area 4c course 1
HLTOC 201 Medical Terminology I 2
NUTR 12 Nutrition and Disease 3
NUTR 30 Sanitation and Safety 2
NUTR 322 Supervision and Training     3
Semester Total: 15
SPRING (THIRD SEMESTER)
ENGL 1A3 Composition and Reading 4
MATH 2034 Intermediate Algebra 4
NUTR 312 Food-Production Systems 3
NUTR 70A Seminar in Supervised Practice, Level A 2
NUTR 71A Rotations in Supervised Practice, Level A (1-4)     2
Semester Total: 15
FALL (FOURTH SEMESTER)
ANTHR 3 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
or
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology
or
SOC 5 Minority Groups 3
COMM 20 Interpersonal Communication Skills 3
NUTR 70B Seminar in Supervised Practice, Level B 3
NUTR 71B Rotations in Supervised Practice, Level B (1-4) 3
PSYCH 1A Introduction to General Psychology     3
Semester Total: 15
SPRING (FIFTH SEMESTER)
NUTR 70C Seminar in Supervised Practice, Level C 3
NUTR 71C Rotations in Supervised Practice, Level C (1-4) 3
Plus: Ethnic Studies (Area 5) course 3
And: Humanities (Area 3) course     3
Semester Total: 12
Total Required Degree Major Units: 60-61

 

1Out-of-district and/or out-of-state courses will be individually evaluated through the Counseling Office to determine if they fulfill the Merritt College General Education requirements. See a counselor regarding General Education requirements, or contact the Nutrition and Dietetics Department for evaluation of previously-completed coursework in nutrition and dietetics and possible course waiver. A written exam may be required to demonstrate currency. At least 12 units of Associate degree level coursework must be completed at Merritt College.
2Nutr 32 is offered only in Fall semester; Nutr 31 is offered only in Spring semester.
3Engl 1A is required for transfer and for the Associate degree.
4Math 203 or a more advanced Mathematics course is required for the Associate degree; Math 50 or higher is required for transfer.

PATHWAY II CERTIFICATE

The Merritt College Nutrition and Dietetics program is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (AND/ACEND). Program graduates are qualified to sit for the national AND exam, and upon successful completion of the exam, they are qualified to use the designation of “Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR).” Those with a degree from another college or university in Nutrition and Dietetics or a related field may qualify for the Certificate of Proficiency and may step directly into the Supervised Practice internship portion of the program. A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the courses specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Students qualifying to apply for the Pathway II Certificate of Proficiency fall into one of the following three categories:

  1. Graduates of an ADA/CADE-accredited, Associate degree (or higher) program in nutrition and dietetics: Students who have satisfactorily completed all didactic components of their education (as verified by statement from the Nutrition and Dietetics Program Director) need only successfully complete the Seminars and Rotations in Supervised Practice requiring 450 hours of supervised practice to sit for the national ADA exam.
  2. Graduates of a non-ADA/CADE-accredited, Associate-degree (or higher) program in nutrition and dietetics, or an unrelated field, from an accredited U.S. college or university: These students must provide evidence that they have completed the equivalent courses needed to satisfy the ADA/CADE Foundation Knowledge and Skills requirement. Additional coursework (as determined by the Nutrition and Dietetics Program Director) beyond the seminar lectures and 450 hours of supervised practice may be required.
  3. Graduates who have earned degrees outside the United States: These students are required to provide evidence of equivalency through an evaluation service recommended by ADA/CADE. For specific information, see website information at: www.eatright.org/students/getstarted/international/agencies.aspx. The student then proceeds as specified in #2 above.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
NUTR 70A Seminar in Supervised Practice, Level A 2
NUTR 70B Seminar in Supervised Practice, Level B 3
NUTR 70C Seminar in Supervised Practice, Level C 3
NUTR 71A Rotations in Supervised Practice, Level A (1-4) 2
NUTR 71B Rotations in Supervised Practice, Level B (1-4) 3
NUTR 71C Rotations in Supervised Practice, Level C (1-4)     3
Total Required Units: 16

 

Successful completion of the above requirements will result in the Program Director providing the
graduate with a Verification Statement and eligibility to sit for the national DTR exam.

Accreditation: The Dietetic Technician program is fully accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

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