Dietetic Technician

Company Name: Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US - 19146

Job Duration: 2021-06-11 to 2021-07-11


Location: LOC_ROBERTS-Roberts Ctr Pediatric Research 

Req ID: 128533

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular – Part Time 

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Nutrition Core Director and the Bio-nutrition Unit Manager, this person performs diverse and complex nutrition research activities within the Center for Human Phenomic Science (CHPS).  The position requires completion of a two-year Dietetic Technician program or at least 3 years of a 4-year degree in Human Nutrition/Dietetics.  Completed coursework should include nutrition assessment, diet therapy, and research methods.  Computer knowledge is required. 


This position is part-time and will start in a hybrid model.


Job Responsibilities

Patient Care

  • Completes nutrition assessments of patients within scope of practice of Dietetic Technician-Registered based on screening and documentation guidelines.
  • Estimates nutritional intakes of patients. Calculates and documents calorie counts as requested. Assists RDs with data collection as needed.
  • Identifies patients in need of in-depth assessment by RD and transfers care appropriately.
  • Instructs patients (and/or families, as appropriate) on restricted/special diets or special formulas. Refers for outpatient follow-up as necessary.
  • Is knowledgeable regarding nutritional content, sources, and use of commercial supplements, tube feeding, infant formula, and feeding modules (fat, protein, carbohydrate, vitamins, and minerals).
  • Inputs data from outpatient diet records on computer for analysis to be completed by outpatient dietitian.  Maintain updates and enter new items in Food Processor.

Nutrition Education

  • Participates in departmental educational events as requested.
  • Assists in the development of educational materials and other projects.
  • Participates in nutrition education of the surrounding community (health fairs, school assemblies) as requested
  • Responsible for organizing and coordinating National Nutrition Month activities for the department of Clinical Nutrition

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Business Functions

  • Maintains friendly, efficient demeanor and models CHOP ICARE Values and Service Standards.
  • Participates in ongoing quality assurance and performance improvement activities as requested.
  • Maintains productivity, screening and other documentation of activities as requested.
  • Assists in training other employees as requested.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patient information.

Professional Development

  • Participates in any department staff meetings and education programs as requested.
  • Maintains competence and professional development.   Maintains registration as required.  Uses reference materials, trends in dietetics and research to enhance clinical knowledge.
  • Performs other duties as requested.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Dietetic Technician-Registered (DTR) through the Commission on Dietetic Registration within six (6) months of placement into position

Required Education and Experience

Required Education:  Associates Degree in Nutrition or related field of study

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Bachelor’s Degree


Preferred Experience: Prior work experience in a hospital setting or WIC program

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing to patients and families, public, medical staff and physicians.
  • Must be able to read English with understanding and write English legibly.
  • Basic knowledge and application of medical nutrition therapy in pediatric patients.
  • Basic knowledge of nutrient analysis, word processing, and spreadsheet software.
  • Competence in nutritional content, sources and use of commercial supplements, tube feedings, human milk, infant formulas and feeding modulars (fat, protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals).
  • Ability to perform increasingly complex mathematical calculations such as fractions, percentages, ratios, proportions and metric measures.
  • Computer proficiency required.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Philadelphia, PA 19146