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.


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


Program Chair

Candice "CJ" Jones

Career Outlook

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

Education Options

Transfer History

  • Students may continue at Cincinnati State and complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dietetic Technology

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Bayley Place
  • Christ Hospital
  • Daniel Drake Center Center for Post Acute Care
  • Loveland School District
  • Mercy Hospital—West
  • Miami Valley Schools
  • Milford Exempted Village
  • Mother Margaret Hall (Sisters of Charity)
  • Mount Pleasant Retirement Village
  • Otterbein Lebanon Retirement Community
  • Sycamore School District
  • West Clermont School District
  • Wyoming School District


Program Chair

Candice "CJ" Jones


Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Dietary Management Certificate Pathway I (DMCP1)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
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
Semester 2
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
Semester 3
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
Semester 4
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
Total Credits: 26 28 34

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