Dietary Managers

Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.

The Dietary Managers Training Program is approved by the Association of Nutrition & Food Service Professionals. This on-campus program is designed for the individual who has a desire to become a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) and has a busy work and family lifestyle. The course consists of two units with student participation in a preceptor program where additional skills and hands-on-experience are gained. Students learn through course work, field trips, projects, activities, case studies, and guest speakers. In addition, the program includes self-help opportunities and challenging material as well as new skills for advancement.

The Dietary Managers Program is divided into two units which may be taken in any order:

  • Unit I Nutrition Therapy
  • Unit II Food Service Management and Food Safety.

Each unit is 80 classroom hours primarily consisting of instruction and student participation. Students will also receive hands-on experience under the guidance of a Certified Dietary Manager or Registered Dietitian in their actual work environment. This field experience referred to as Preceptor Training will include structured activities, assignments, and projects which will enrich and “give wings” to the knowledge gained during class. 50 hours of Preceptor Training outside class instruction is required for each unit with a program total of 100 preceptor hours. Each segment has a required textbook which may be purchased at the campus bookstore. Students must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Unit I: Nutrition Therapy

Topics include:

  • Functions of nutrients
  • Nutrition needs
  • Nutrition deficiency
  • Dietary guidelines
  • Diet modification
  • Nutritional assessment, and many others.

Unit II: Food Service Management and Food Safety

Topics include:

  • Food production and service
  • Safety and standards
  • Staffing, Budgeting/marketing, and many others.

Why Take the Program?

Continuing Education makes sense in today’s fast-paced world. This program will offer you a career ladder as well as:

  • A personally rewarding career option
  • The opportunity to join the Association of Nutrition & Food Service Professionals as a student
  • Professional challenges and the opportunity to reach personal financial goals
  • Up-to-date information and training
  • A wide variety of field, enrichment, and professional experience
  • The opportunity to take the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) examination and to obtain active Association of Nutrition & Food Service Professionals (ANFP) membership
  • The opportunity to learn by working with an experienced and licensed dietitian and other healthcare professionals.