Apr 20, 2018  
2014 - 2015 CNM Catalog April 2014, Volume 47 
2014 - 2015 CNM Catalog April 2014, Volume 47 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Dietary Manager, Certificate of Completion

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The Dietary Manager Certificate of Completion is a two-term, 22 - 27 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 Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals’ 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.

Skills needed for success


Educational Option Information

This educational option is a

  • Certificate of Completion program

This educational option can be completed

  • Part-Time or Full-Time

This educational option is designed for

  • Immediate employment and transfer into a baccalaureate program

This educational option can be started

  • Any Term

Scheduling Information

  • Follow course catalog recommendations to avoid scheduling problems.

Primary course location

  • Main Campus


Special Requirements

Students are expected to purchase textbooks. In addition, there are program fees for drug screenings and a criminal background check.

Information for people with felony convictions

  • A felony conviction will prevent successful completion of the program. A criminal background check is required for students enrolled in the Dietary Manager Internships which are required for the certificate.


Cost and Financial Aid

Financial Aid considerations

  • Financial aid eligible program.

Approximate Cost of Educational Option

Books and Fees (not including tuition)
  • Books: Approximately $900 - $1,100
  • Drug Screening and Criminal Background Check Fees: Approximately $100
  • Individual courses associated with this program may require students to purchase additional materials.


Career and Educational Opportunities

Employment Information

Potential Employers
  • Nursing facilities, rehab facilities, hospitals, senior living communities, correctional facilities, schools, military, corporations
Prospects for Employment
  • Good
Sample Job Titles
  • Certified Dietary Manager (CDM), Foodservice Manager and many others
Sample Job Duties
  • Manage menus, food purchasing, food preparation, document nutrition information, ensure food safety
Other Courses That May Help Employability/Promotability
  • Culinary arts courses and a bachelors degree will improve chances of employment and also result in a higher salary.

Current pay rates

  • Average Full-Time salary (2010): $45,423

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Program Proficiencies and/or Prerequisites

Students must demonstrate proficiency in these areas either by placement exam, scores  or specific course work.

Certificate in Dietary Manager 22-27 credit hour(s)

Program Approved Electives

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