July 8, 2021

In my early twenties, I became very involved in my local running and triathlon clubs. I competed in several local races and events, this reignited my interest in nutrition.

After researching nutrition/dietetic programs and decided on a Dietetic Technician (DTR) program at Tarrant County College. I applied to (DTR) Program because:

  1. Its accreditation by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  2. Affordability, and
  3. I would be able to get a feel for the field of dietetics

In 2013, when I returned back to school, I had absolutely zero knowledge or experience in the nutrition/dietetics field. It was a bit overwhelming. I thought I wanted to pursue sports nutrition because I was knees deep in health and fitness.

As I began to learn more, my areas of interest changed from sports nutrition to community nutrition. My plan was always to continue my education to become a Registered Dietitian.

Program Requirements for my DTR-Program

  • Introduction to Dietetics
  • Nutrition and Diet Therapy
  • Principles of Food Preparation
  • Food Safety & Sanitation
  • Child Nutrition and Programs
  • Community Nutrition
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy I, II, and III
  • Quantity Procedures
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Business and Professional Communication
  • Food Management Systems

Completing a DTR-Program may be a great way to get your foot in the door of nutrition and dietetics at an affordable price. It can also be a great way to start building your dietetics network. I have many friends who are DTRs and others who continued on to become RDs.



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Why I Decided to Apply For a DTR-Program


I'm Krystal Dunham, and I'm so happy you're here! I'm always on the hunt for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe! So that would make me not your "typical" dietitian. Here you'll find non-diet-y recipes and intuitive eating resources so that you can reclaim your joy around food and nutrition, you in? Learn more about me.

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