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 management or a one-year certificate in dietary management. As students you are eligible for the ANFP Pre-Professional membership.  Students who complete the certificate and graduate are eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals and to join as ANFP Professional Members. 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.

Once you have been admitted to Stark State, you will need to apply to the program and complete all the requirements.  The certificate is a 17 credit program, while the associate consists of 63 credits. The program, at a minimum, which is the certificate, consists of 120 classroom hours and 150 field experience hours.  Classroom instruction is taught by qualified and experienced instructors. The field experience hours are precepted by qualified professionals and a dietitian oversees the minimum of 50 nutrition hours.  Most students are able to complete the certificate in two semesters and the associate in two years.  Additional information is available on the college website in regards to different policies and procedures for a new student.  Information can also be obtained from the Dietary Program Director.

The Stark State College Dietary Management Program is accredited by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP), 406 Surrey Woods Drive, St. Charles, IL 60174.  Their phone is 800-323-1908 and can be found at www.ANFPonline.org.

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.

In addition, Stark State offers a one-year technical certificate for those interested in the dietary manager program.

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101
Student Success Seminar
IDT122
Computer Applications for Professionals
ENG124
College Composition
PSY121
General Psychology
DMA121
ServSafe
DMA131
Foodservice I for the Dietary Manager
DMA141
Nutrition for the Dietary Manager
DMA151
Foodservice II for the Dietary Manager
ENG221
Technical Report Writing
BIO101
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
CHM101
Introduction to Chemistry
BIO123
Principles of Human Structure
 
and Function
COM121
Effective Speaking
MTH105
Math for Allied Health or MTH125
 
College Algebra
SOC121
Sociology
 
Arts & Humanities Elective
PSY122
Psychology of Adjustment
MAT124
Medical Law & Ethics
BIO221
Principles of Microbiology
 
Arts & Humanities Elective
 
TOTAL CREDITS 63-64

DIETARY MANAGER ONE-YEAR CERTIFICATE

Course Sequence

SSC101
Student Success Seminar
DMA121
ServSafe
DMA131
Foodservice I for the Dietary Manager
MTH125
College Algebra or MTH105 Math
 
for Allied Health
ENG124
College Composition
ITD122
Computer Applications for Professionals
DMA141
Nutrition for the Dietary Manager
DMA151
Foodservice II for the Dietary Manager
BIO101
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
CHM101
Introduction to Chemistry
 
Elective

TOTAL CREDITS 33-34



DIETARY MANAGER CAREER ENHANCEMENT CERTIFICATE

Course Sequence

DMA121
ServSafe
SSC101
Student Success Seminar
ITD122
Computer Applications for Professionals
DMA131
Foodservice I for the Dietary Manager
DMA141
Nutrition for the Dietary Manager
DMA151
Foodservice II for the Dietary Manager

TOTAL CREDITS 17