Associate of Arts Degree (DTA)

Many career options are available in the food and nutrition industries. Currently, students who want to become Registered Dietitians need to complete a Bachelor's degree in order to be placed in an internship and take the Registration Exam. However, the field is moving toward the Masters degree standard, and as of January 2024, students will be required to complete a Masters degree before completing the internship and exam.

While TCC does not offer a degree in nutrition, students can prepare to transfer to undergraduate programs in nutrition with an emphasis on food science. If this pathway interests you, please meet with a faculty advisor as soon as possible to make sure that you complete the necessary prerequisites for the transfer school of your choice.

Most of the programs listed below offer Nutrition from a Western perspective. Bastyr University offers a Nutrition program that focuses on incorporating whole foods, environmental nutrition, and integrative medicine into nutrition practice.


Nutrition Pathway

TCC’s Nutrition pathway prepares students to transfer into a Nutrition program at a four-year school.

Degree Program
Career Options

High School Preparation

While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics. Students should gain exposure to the nutrition profession by observing, assisting, and gaining work experience in offices, clinics, hospitals, and research facilities, and by exploring the medical literature.

Recommended Class Schedule 

Students will obtain an Associate of Arts (DTA). Students should work closely with an advisor to make sure they are prepared to enter the Nutrition program at the school of their choice.

Recommended Class Schedule: Transfer requirements for Nutrition degrees vary significantly. Be sure to check the requirements for the school you are planning to transfer to, and talk to a transfer advisor to make sure you have completed all necessary course work.

To the right is a suggested class schedule. This degree is flexible, and some substitutions can be made - providing that the course of studies is in agreement for the Associate of Arts (DTA) degree. Discuss your plan with your advisor as they can tell you which quarters the courses are more likely to be offered.

First Year
Fall Winter Spring
CHEM& 161 CHEM& 162 CHEM& 163
ENGL& 101 ENGL& 102 CMST& 220
MATH& 141 Math& 146 BIOL& 160
P.E. Activity P.E. Activity P.E. Activity
Second Year    
Fall  Winter Spring
CHEM& 261 BIOL& 222 BIOL& 223
BIOL& 221 BIOL& 241 BIOL& 242
NUTR 101 BIOCHEM** Humanities

A total of 15 credits Social Science and 15 Credits of Humanities, of which 5 credits must be a course listed as Multicultural, is required for the Associate of Arts (DTA) degree.15 credits of Social Sciences and 5 credits of Humanities Distribution Courses must be added to the class schedule listed. See the Associate of Arts (DTA) Degree in the TCC Catalog for the complete description of the degree requirements.

BOT101 required for Bastyr
**Must be taken at a 4 year school (can be taken at UWT)


Registered Dietitians work in a number fields and settings. As a dietitian, you might:

  • Work with public health experts to encourage healthier food habits in your community
  • Work with health care staff to customize meals for patients in a hospital or long-term care center
  • Supervise meal planning at a prison or school
  • Start your own consulting business, working with individuals or groups to optimize nutritional health



Any Questions?

Contact a Nutrition Faculty Advisor

Kim Harrington