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Dietary Manager

Dietary managers, under the direction of a dietician, assist with nutrition therapy, dietetics, employee management and food safety.  Students may earn an associate of science with a concentration in dietary manager or a one-year certificate in dietary manager. Students who complete the certificate are eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals.  Two credentials are earned upon passing the exam – Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) and Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP).  Students also earn the nationally recognized certificate of ServSafe Food Protection Certification, accredited by the American National Standards Institute – Conference for Food Protection (CFP).

CDMs and CFFPs are nationally recognized experts at managing food service operations.  A CDM works with registered dietitians to provide quality nutritional care for clients in a variety of settings, including health-care facilities, nursing homes, rehab facilities, senior living communities, hospitals, correctional facilities and schools.  They perform a variety of specialized tasks that may include: overseeing large-scale meal planning and preparation; budgeting for and purchasing food, equipment and supplies; enforcing sanitary and safety regulation, and preparing records and reports.  They may provide supportive nutrition screening, documentation and care planning.

The associate of science in dietary manager can serve as the first step toward a bachelor’s degree in dietetics or nutrition.  Work experience and completion of a dietary manager certificate may be adequate to obtain many positions.  A dietary manager credential, such as the certificate or associate degree, allows you to work in the field while pursuing an advanced degree.  Some positions in dietary management, such as a director of nutrition at a hospital or government agency, require a bachelor’s or master’s degree. 

Dietary Manager One-Year Certificate

Dietary managers, under the direction of a dietician, assist with nutrition therapy, dietetics, employee management and food safety.  Students may earn an associate of science with a concentration in dietary manager or a one-year certificate in dietary manager.   Students who complete the certificate are eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Dietary Managers Association.  Two credentials are earned upon passing the exam – Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) and Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP).  Students also earn the nationally recognized certificate of ServSafe Food Protection Certification, accredited by the American National Standards Institute – Conference for Food Protection (CFP). 

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Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
MTH125  College Algebra
ENG124  College Composition
PSY121  General Psychology
DMA121  ServSafe
DMA122  ServSafe Experience
BIO125  Medical Terminology
SOC121  Sociology
CHM101  Intro to Chemistry
ENG221  Technical Report Writing
BIO101  Intro to Anatomy & Physiology
DMA123  Nutrition/Medical Nutrition Therapy
DMA124  Nutrition/MNT Therapy Experience
BIO123  Human Structure and Functions
COM121  Effective Speaking
DMA125  Management of Food Service Operations
DMA126  Management of Food Service Operations Experience
DMA127  Dietary Operations Delivery
DMA128  Dietary Operations Delivery Experience
PHL122  Ethics
SOC225  Cultural Diversity
ENG233  British Literature Med to 1785 or HIS121 US History 1- to 1877

TOTAL CREDITS 64

One-Year Certificate Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
DMA121  ServSafe
DMA122  ServSafe Experience
DMA123  Nutrition/ Medical Nutrition Therapy
DMA124  Nutrition /Medical Nutrition Therapy Experience
MTH125  College Algebra
ENG124  College Composition
DMA125  Management of Foodservice Operations
DMA126  Management of Foodservice Operations Experience
BIO101  Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology or BIO127 Human Biology
CHM101  Introduction to Chemistry
DMA127  Dietary Operations Delivery
DMA128  Dietary Operations Delivery Experience
Arts & Humanities Elective

TOTAL CREDITS 38-40

Career Enhancement Certificate Course Sequence

DMA121  ServeSafe
DMA123  Nutrition/ Medical Nutrition Therapy
DMA124  Nutrition /Medical Nutrition Therapy Experience
DMA125  Management of Foodservice Operations
DMA126  Management of Foodservice Operations Experience
DMA122  ServSafe Field Experience
MGT224  Human Resource Management for Dietary Managers
DMA128  Dietary Operations Delivery Experience

TOTAL CREDITS 20