Program: Dietetics

Overview

Dietetics

The Dietetics program at Long Beach City College is the development of the student competency to provide nutritional care services in food service management and clinical nutrition care. This program is designed to train students to be employed as Dietetic Service Supervisors and Nutrition Assistants who function as managers/supervisors and nutritional care specialists in health care and nutrition related facilities. 

Career Opportunities

This program is designed to train students to be employed as Dietetic Service Supervisors and Nutrition Assistants who function as managers/ supervisors and nutritional care specialists in health care and nutrition related facilities.

Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), Nutrition and Dietetics

The Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer degree prepares students for a major in Nutrition and Dietetics at a four-year institution.
This degree will provide students with foundations in nutritional science, food principles, biology, microbiology, chemistry sciences, and statistics required towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Food Administration at the four-year university. This AS transfer degree will allow a seamless transition to the CSU system for students interested in a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist professional pathway.

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Utilize up to date, evidenced based practices in the field of nutrition and dietetics
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing, in a health care or community nutrition environment whether working with children, families, and seniors.
  • Advocate within the community for continued support of health and nutrition.

Associate in Arts (AA), Dietetic Service Supervisor

The Dietetic Service Supervisor is the food service director of a health care facility, is a member of the dietetic team, functioning under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian or administrator. This program is the state approved program meeting federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) and Title 22 requirements of the California State Department of Public Health and Certification Regulation for food service supervisors in general acute care hospitals, acute psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation and convalescent hospitals, and intermediate care facilities. Completers are also employed in community nutrition agencies, school lunch, adult and child nutrition programs. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply for a Dietetic Service Supervisor Certificate. The student may also receive the Associate in Arts degree if the graduation requirements are completed. 

Program Learning Outcomes: 
  • Synthesize the theory and principle of clinical nutrition care. 
  • Manage a healthcare kitchen to industry standards. 
  • Develop and conduct a nutrition presentation within a community agency. 

Associate in Arts (AA), Nutrition Assistant

The Nutrition Assistant is a member of the dietetic health care team, functioning under the direction of a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. This program instructs the student in nutritional care, teaching techniques, nutrition principles, diet modification, nutritional counseling and food service management. Nutrition Assistants are trained to function as nutritional care specialists in the dietary departments of hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. 

For the Nutrition Assistant Program, students must fulfill the Associate Degree requirements (by completing the Certificates of Achievement for the Dietetic Service Supervisor and Nutrition Assistant program and the graduation requirements). Students completing the associate degree, in Nutrition Assistant are eligible for transfer to a four-year university and can continue their education in Dietetics/Food and Nutrition. This degree offers a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist pathway. 

Certificate of Achievement, Dietetic Service Supervisor

The Dietetic Service Supervisor is the food service director of a health care facility, is a member of the dietetic team, functioning under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian or administrator. This program is the state approved program meeting federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) and Title 22 requirements of the California State Department of Public Health and Certification Regulation for food service supervisors in general acute care hospitals, acute psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation and convalescent hospitals, and intermediate care facilities. Completers are also employed as supervisors in community nutrition agencies, school lunch, elder nutrition and child nutrition programs. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply for a Certificate of Achievement in Dietetic Service Supervisor. 

Certificate of Accomplishment, Formula Room Technician

This certificate of accomplishment will prepare a student to work in specialized formula rooms in hospitals and healthcare settings.