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Nutrition Care Specialist Details

The nutrition care specialist works with registered dietitians (RDs) to counsel patients individually and in group settings, plans special diets for patients according to nutritional requirements, creates menus, and prepares small-quantity foods.

  • Performs basic dietetic functions in a hospital, clinic or field environment
  • Provides nutritional treatment and basic-level counseling to patients in nutrition clinics, health promotion and wellness clinics, and classroom settings
  • Assists dietitians or superiors in food service supervision, planning and production operations
  • Performs nutrition assessment screenings of individual patients for nutritional requirements and restrictions; provides recommendations on food item selection

Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training to include small-quantity food preparation.

Advanced Individual Training: 7 weeks at Fort Sam Houston, TX

Some of the skills you'll learn are:
  • Individual and classroom presentations
  • Assessment of a patient's dietary requirements and restrictions
  • Menu planning to include recipe modification for special diets
  • Basic food preparation (large and small quantities)
  • Food safety and sanitation

  • Interest in nutrition, health, biology, science, fitness and chemistry
  • Ability to communicate effectively to individuals and small groups
  • Enjoy helping and caring for others

Operators & Food (OF): 95

922A Food Service Technician

The skills you'll learn will help prepare you for a career within civilian hospitals, weight management clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a nutrition care specialist background, you may consider a career as a dietetic technician, dietary manager, nutrition technician, clinical dietetic technician or dietary aide.

Through your extensive Army medical training, real-world experiences and with some additional study, you may be able to test for certification as an Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals' certified dietary manager (CDM) or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' dietetic technician, registered (DTR) credential.