Dietary managers, under the direction of a dietitian, assist with nutrition therapy, dietetics, employee management and food safety.
A certified dietary manager 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’ve been admitted to Stark State, you’ll need to apply to the program and complete all the requirements. The certificate is 17 credits (120 classroom hours and 150 field experience hours) while the associate degree consists of 63 credits. Classroom hours are taught by qualified and experienced instructors while field experience hours are precepted by qualified professionals with a dietitian overseeing the minimum of 50 nutrition hours.
Most students are able to complete the certificate in two semesters and the associate degree in two years.
As a student, you’ll be eligible for the Association of Foodservice & Nutrition Professionals (ANFP) pre-professional membership and graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the ANFP and to join as a professional member. 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.
A dietary manager certificate and work experience can qualify you for a number of 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, and the dietary manager associate degree can serve as the first step toward a bachelor’s degree in dietetics or nutrition.
Stark State also offers a one-year technical certificate for those interested in the dietary manager program.
Stark State’s dietary management program is accredited by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP), 406 Surrey Woods Drive, St. Charles, IL 60174, 800-323-1908, ANFPonline.org.
Your pathway to a degree
You can start with a dietary manager certificate, taking classes that directly apply to a second certificate and to the associate degree in dietary manager. Completion of the certificate will allow you to sit for the national certification exam.
Dietary manager certificates