Associate Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics

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About This Program

The mission of the Nutrition and Dietetics program is to educate and train generalist dietetic technicians who possess both the skills and work habits to compete in the rapidly changing healthcare community. Graduates are prepared to work under the supervision of a registered dietitian in designing specialized diets, teaching healthy eating habits, and managing institutional food services and nutrition programs. The program combines classroom and laboratory work, as well as supervised clinical placements in area hospitals, nursing homes, school food services and community health agencies.

Nutrition and Dietetic professionals work in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes and other health-related facilities, subsidized feeding programs, weight control clinics, athletic training facilities, school nutrition programs and such government agencies as VISTA and the armed forces. Job opportunities outpace the number of graduates each year. Dietetic Technology graduates are eligible for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, to take the registration exam and to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered, and to become licensed in the State of Maine. Graduates of both programs who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree may transfer with junior-year status to the University of Maine at Orono’s Human Nutrition program.

Additional Admissions Requirements

Please note that our Health Sciences programs have additional requirements. For more information, visit our Health Science Applicants webpage.

Your Degree Courses

SMCC offers an Associate in Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics with an option in Dietetic Technology, requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following courses are a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

  • Introduction to Dietetics Profession
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
  • Principles of Food Preparation
  • Foodservice Sanitation
  • Health Care Delivery Systems
  • Nutrition Education and Counseling
  • Diet Seminar
  • Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Macro/Micro Economics
  • Biology with Lab
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Normal Nutrition
  • Ethical Dilemmas
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Mathematics and Science electives
  • Clinical/Community Field Experience*

*For Dietetic Technology option only.

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

The program will prepare students with skills necessary to provide food and nutritional care for diverse individuals and groups in a variety of employment settings.

  • 80% of students will complete the program within five years.
  • 80% of graduates will receive a “satisfactory” rating on their competency attainment as identified by employers.
  • 80% of graduates seeking employment will report success in finding discipline-related employment within one year.
  • The program will enable students who desire advanced study to transfer coursework to other institutions and also motivate students to become lifelong learners.
  • 80% of graduates will evaluate their preparation as “satisfactory” or above on the competency-related statements from a graduate survey.
  • 80% of graduates will indicate they believe the program prepared them to assume the responsibilities of their current position as “satisfactory” or better.
  • Students who transfer to a four-year college in Maine will transfer 90% of their courses with a grade of C or better.
  • 80% of students will become members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or other professional nutrition or food service organization.

What skills will I have as a graduate of this program?

  • Use current technologies for information and communication.
  • Document nutrition screenings, assessments and interventions.
  • Participate in nutrition care of individuals across the lifespan and a diversity of people, cultures and religions.
  • Supervise production of food that meets nutrition guidelines, cost parameters and consumer acceptance.
  • Assist with nutrition assessment of individual patients/clients with complex medical conditions.
  • Perform ethically in accordance with the values of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Estimated Degree Completion Time

63 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

SMCC Graduates

92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation