Dietetic Education Program (DEP)

What courses are required?

The following course is required for all staff:

  • NTR 272 Certified Breastfeeding Counselor Course (3 credits)

The Lactation Certified Educator (LCE), Certified Lactation Educator (CLE), Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) or other ITCA approved training may be taken in place of the above classes.

The following courses are required for cross-trained clerks (clerks who sometimes function as a CNW), CNWs and Directors within two years of hire: (excludes Registered Dietitians, Diet Technicians Registered and those with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Nutrition)

  • NTR 104  Nutrition* (3 credits) Required within six months of hire.
  • NTR 123 Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle (3 credits)
  • NTR 127 Breastfeeding & Human Lactation (1 credit)
  • NTR 134 Healthy Weight for Kids (1 credit)
  • NTR 191 Nutrition Counseling Skill Development (3 credits)
  • NTR 201 Nutrition Literacy (1 credit)
  • NTR 219 Community Nutrition (3 credits)
  • NTR 272 Certified Breastfeeding Counselor Course (3 credits)
  • NTR 232a Food and Culture (1 credit)

The following courses may be taken once above required courses  are successfully completed:

  • NTR 130 Diabetes Overview (1 credit)
  • NTR 135 Healthy Weight for Adults (1 credit)
  • NTR 136 Management of Gestational Diabetes (1 credit)

When and where are DEP Courses Offered?

The DEP courses are offered through Central Arizona College and can be taken on-line or face-to-face, including at one of their campuses or at a host site, such as ITCA. The dates and exact location of current and future classes can be found on the ITCA list of upcoming DEP courses.

List of upcoming DEP courses Spring 2018

How do I or my staff register for a class?

Instructions for staff registering for a DEP class for the first time, repeating a course after 10 years or re-enrolling in a class that was withdrawn from prior to first day of class.

Online Classes

  1. Follow the steps for CAC admissions and registration here for first time users or here for registered students.
  2. Reading requirement:  Most classes have a reading requirement of RDG094.  The reading requirement may be satisfied by either transferring at least 9 Academic credits earned (English, Math, Philosophy, etc.) from accredited colleges or universities or taking a reading placement exam.  This  placement exam can be taken at your local community college or university.  The required placement exams are ASSET,COMPASS, or ACUPLACER.
  3. Email the WIC Administrative Assistant with class name, CRN and begin dates and class enrollment confirmation within one day of registration.
  4. Have the staff member complete a Training Agreement Form, the staff member’s and the LA Director’s signature are required. Submit to ITCA WIC Administrative Coordinator with enrollment confirmation.
  5. ITCA will submit payment and order and mail out books and other materials.

Face-to-Face Classes

  1. Complete attached registration form.
  2. Fax registration form to the WIC Administrative Coordinator at 602-258-4825 by the registration deadline.
  3. Have the staff member complete a Training Agreement Form, the staff member’s and the LA Director’s signature are required. Submit to ITCA WIC Administrative Coordinator with enrollment confirmation.
  4. ITCA will order and mail out books and other materials.

**Registration and  notification to ITCA is recommended at least two weeks prior to class start date to ensure textbooks and materials arrive on time.

Instructions for staff registering for a DEP course after unsuccessfully completing two classes (receiving an ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘W’ or ‘I’) or withdrawing on or after the first class.

Follow the steps for online or face to face registration as above.  However, the staff member will need to arrange for payment of tuition, fees and books without using WIC funds.

How do I get my grades?

After the completion of the class, submit a copy of grades or unofficial transcript to ITCA. Unofficial transcripts can be obtained online by clicking here.

*ITCA cannot directly access a staff member’s grades, the grades must be mailed, faxed or emailed from the staff member to ITCA*

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