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About Dietitians

At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, dietitians and dietetic technicians are an essential part of your healthcare team. They make sure your diet will complement your other medical care and help you get well.

Registered dietitians educate patients, staff, students, and the community on the science of food and nutrition as it relates to health and disease including wellness, weight loss and medical nutrition therapy.

  • All RDs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock have completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree and a supervised practice program approved by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) prior to taking a national registration exam.
  • Some dietitians have advanced degrees and/or additional certification in a specialty area such as renal nutrition, nutrition support, diabetes education, oncology, and administration.
  • All dietitians at Dartmouth-Hitchcock are licensed by the State of New Hampshire Board of Licensed Dietitians (LD).

Dietetic technicians work with the dietitian and other members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. Duties include patient education, nutritional screening, and helping the food service staff interpret and carry out medical diet orders.

  • A DT can become registered with the ADA by completing at least a two-year associate's degree program and 450 hours of supervised experience prior to taking a national written exam.
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