Apr 23, 2024  
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Dietary Manager, Certificate of Completion

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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 Dietary Manager Certificate of Completion program prepares students to manage the administration of food service systems in both public and private institutional settings. The program focuses on the principles and practices of human nutrition, food safety, the design and organization of food service systems, purchasing, and personnel management. Coursework includes classroom and lab time, with students completing 180 hours of supervised practice in accredited facilities.

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Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the Certifying Board of Dietary Managers’ 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.

Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is designed for:  Immediate employment and transfer into a baccalaureate program
  • This educational option can be started: Any Term
  • This educational option can be completed: Part-Time or Full-Time
  • 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.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations
Additional Costs
  • Drug Screening and Criminal Background Check Fees: Approximately $100
  • Individual courses associated with this program may require students to purchase additional materials.

Career Opportunities

Gainful Employment information is available from Job Connection Services.

Potential Employers

  • Nursing facilities, rehab facilities, hospitals, senior living communities, correctional facilities, schools, military, corporations

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 bachelor’s degree will improve chances of employment and also result in a higher salary.

Current pay rates

  • Average Full-Time salary (2018): $53,116

Ten Year Rule for CTE Courses

Career and technical education courses in this program will qualify for credit for a period of ten academic years. Due to changing technologies, trends, and professional demands, courses completed ten or more years in the past will satisfy program requirements only if they are approved by the instructional school in which they were offered. Cohorted programs may have additional restrictions.

Program Requirements


Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Certificate: 20

Program Approved Electives

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