Dietary Managers work in teams with registered dietitians and dietetic technicians and are an integral part of health care and food service management teams. The Dietary Management Certificate program provides courses in food service management, nutrition, sanitation, and human resources.
The Dietary Management Certificate offers three pathways that prepare students to earn the Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP) credential.
Pathway I is available for candidates with no college degree or noncommercial foodservice management experience.
Other pathways include:
- Pathway II: Available for candidates who hold a 2-year or 4-year degree in foodservice/hospitality management, culinary, pastry, or nutrition. This pathway is available only through online education.
- Pathway IIIb: Available for candidates with no college degree, but have at least 2 years of non-commercial foodservice management experience.
Graduates of Pathway I earn a Certificate as a Dietary Manager, which includes 252 hours of directed practice and practicums. Students also are required to complete an additional 27 hours of professional meetings, food shows, and wellness and program support.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates of Pathway I are eligible to take the national certification exam to become a Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional.
Related ProgramsCulinary Arts (CUL)Hospitality Management (HOSP)Pastry Arts (PAS)Dietetic Technology (DT)Pre-Nutrition Science (PNS)
The program is approved by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals, 406 Surrey Woods Drive, St. Charles, IL 60174. Phone (800) 323-1908. Website: www.anfponline.org
Graduates Are Prepared To
- Work in long term care, hospital, schools, and noncommercial food service settings in a management position.
Representative Job Titles For Graduates
- Dietary Manager
- Certified Dietary Manager (on completion of the certification exam)
Graduate Employment Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dietetic practitioners is expected to grow by 10 percent or more through 2030 due to increased emphasis on disease prevention, a growing and aging population, and a public interest in nutrition. Many schools hire qualified Dietetic Technicians and Dietary Managers.
$56,590 median annual salary
Graduate Starting Salary Projections
Effective 2023-2024 academic year
Dietary Management Certificate Pathway I (DMCP1)
|CUL 115||Food Service Sanitation||1||0||1|
|DT 110||Community Nutrition||2||2||3|
|DT 120||Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle||3||0||3|
|DT 190||Dietetic Professional Practices||1||0||1|
|DT 125||Nutrition Through the Lifecycle||3||0||3|
|DT 200||Introduction to Food Science||2||2||3|
|DT 130||Nutrition Assessment||1||2||2|
|DT 180||Dietetic Directed Practice: Health Care 1||0||5||1|
|DT 211||Food Service Management 1||3||0||3|
|DT 215||Nutrition for Dietary Managers||2||0||2|
|DT 280||Dietetic Directed Practice: Food Service||0||6||1|
|DT 220||Culinary Nutrition Therapy||1||4||3|
|DT 225||Dietary Manager Exam Review||1||0||1|
|DT 287||Dietetic Practicum: Food Service||1||7||2|
|DT 212||Food Service Management 2||3||0||3|