Why I Decided to Apply For a DTR-Program

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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