What Is a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered?
A Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) is a food and nutrition practitioner, often working in conjunction with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential “NDTR.” Like RDNs, NDTRs must complete professional educational requirements to maintain their registration.
In recognition for all they do to support Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and the field of dietetics, the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has proclaimed June 22, 2015 as “NDTR Appreciation Day,” and called upon its members to recognize their NDTR colleagues through social media using the hashtag @EatRightCT #NDTRAppreciationDay, holding in-office celebrations or doing other special activities to express gratitude.
Here are some testimonials from CT Academy members and NDTR employers about why they value their NDTR:
- “It is the unity of the RD and NDTR that complete the nutrition team, to provide optimal patient care. They excel at nutrition educations. They assist workflow by independently managing the lower risk patients on the units. They have a strong understanding of the workflow in the foodservice setting/kitchen and throughout the Food and Nutrition Department. The clinical NDTRs at Hartford Hospital are leaders in the field and they excel every day. They pick right up where the RD leaves off. I feel strongly that NDTRs receive increased recognition. These are hard-working, intelligent nutrition professionals that improve nutritional status of the population and community every day.” — Diane Avino, MS, RDN, CD-N, Food and Nutrition Services at Hartford Hospital
- “My NDTR is key player and a tremendous asset to the nutrition team. Her responsibilities’ are to oversee the daily operations of the Dietary office and assigned Performance Improvement projects. With her knowledge of computers and her great organization skills she has no difficulty managing the Diet office. She has gone above and beyond her assigned job duties and has taken the initiative to audit all diet entries to ensure they are entered correctly in our computer system by the diet clerks, and also reviews production sheets and breakdown menus for any discrepancies to help with resident in receiving appropriated menu items and promote patient satisfaction.” — Joe Russo RD,CD-N Clinical Manager, Dining Services
- “Our NDTR is fantastic! She is the glue that keeps our practice running smoothly! She is such an integral part of our team and always willing to do whatever necessary to assist in our nutrition practice mission,” — Renee Bordeaux RD, CDN, CPT
- “Having a DTR in our private practice has added a lot of value to the business. Our NDTR helps the business flow by supporting the RDN’s and eliminating the need for an administrative person because she can do both admin and nutrition related tasks. I think she especially excels at patient interaction and playing an overall supportive roll in the nutrition practice.” — Jacqui Campbell MS, RD, CDN
- “I am a Speech Language Pathologist who works closely with NDTRs to provide optimal care to our many residents with dysphagia here at the Hebrew Home and Hospital. Residents in need of my services are frequently identified by the NDTR. They often are the first professional to identify poor intake, weight loss and/or nutritional deficits that commonly are due to or coexist with dysphagia. Early identification and treatment is important in achieving positive nutritional outcomes and reducing risk of developing aspiration pneumonia. NDTRs play a very valuable role in the care of our residents with dysphagia improving their nutritional status and quality of life. I am glad that they are part of our team of professionals.” — Lisa Mowry, M.A., CCC/SLP Speech-Language Pathologist
CT Academy’s NDTR Committee