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 II is 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.

Other pathways include:

  • Pathway I: Available for candidates with no college degree or noncommercial foodservice management experience.
  • Pathway IIIb: Available for candidates with no college degree, but have at least 2 years of non-commercial foodservice management experience.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates of Pathway II 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 for Foodservice and Nutrition 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)
  • Certified Foodservice Protection Professional (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 the 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
  • Carmel Manor Independent and Assisted Living
  • Christ Hospital
  • Daniel Drake Center Center for Post Acute Care
  • Kenton School District
  • Loveland School District
  • Mercy Hospital—West
  • Miami Valley Schools
  • Milford Exempted Village
  • Mount Pleasant Retirement Village
  • Otterbein Lebanon Retirement Community
  • Sycamore School District
  • West Clermont School District


Program Chair

Candice "CJ" Jones


Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Dietary Management Certificate Pathway II (DMCP2)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
DT 211 Food Service Management 1 3 0 3
DT 215 Nutrition for Dietary Managers 2 0 2
Semester 2
DT 212 Food Service Management 2 3 0 3
DT 225 Dietary Manager Exam Review 1 0 1
Total Credits: 9 0 9

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