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The Dietary Manager Certificate of Completion is a two-term, 23 - 28 credit hour program that focuses on the principles and practices relating to the administration of food service systems in institutional settings, and that prepares individuals to manage such operations in public and private facilities. Dietary Managers work with registered dietitians to provide quality food production, service, and nutritional care and are an integral part of health care and food service management teams. The program will include instruction in human nutrition, food safety, the design and organization of food service systems, purchasing, and personnel management. The program includes classroom and lab time. Students will complete 180 hours of supervised practice in accredited facilities. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the Dietary Manager Association’s national exam and earn the CDM (Certified Dietary Manager) and CFPP (Certified Food Protection Professional) credentials. The CDM and CFPP are nationally recognized as experts in managing dietary operations.
Criminal Background/Drug Screen: Students are required to undergo a routine drug screening and a state and federal criminal background check with fingerprints prior to beginning the program or prior to beginning their internship. For information on the criminal background check, please note the complete description under the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety description. Students with a disqualifying conviction will not be allowed to start or remain in the program.
Students must be in good physical and psychological health and able to lift 30 pounds. Completed physical examination and health forms with evidence of current immunizations (tetanus, rubella, rubeola and hepatitis B) and statement that student is free from tuberculosis in a transmissible state must be presented.
Career and Educational Opportunities
Gainful Employment information is available from Job Connection Services.
Graduates earn competitive salaries in hospitals, nursing facilities, residential care sites, schools, and commercial food service.
Exit competencies (see Program Exit Competencies) for this program of study are available at cnm.edu/exitcomp.
For the graduation policy refer to the Graduating From CNM section, cnm.edu or the Students tab in my CNM.
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