Online dietary managers certificate program earns national accreditation

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Central Arizona College's dietetic education program received approval from the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) to offer a complete online dietary managers training program certificate - the first degree or certificate program at CAC to receive full online approval from a national accreditation agency.

"Having our dietary manager program certificate program earn ANFP approval opens many doors, not just for the program itself, but also for our students," Lisa Koehring, director of the dietetic education program at CAC, said. "The program and its students now join a nationwide consortium of dietary managers that are the most prepared and well-respected in the country."

Enrolling in a program that has earned the approval of the ANFP means that, in addition to having the opportunity to earn the dietary manager certificate through an entirely online curriculum, students who complete the program also will be eligible for membership with ANFP and to sit for the accrediting agency's credentialing examination.

Upon passing the exam, CAC graduates earn the Certified Dietary Management (CDM) and Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP) credentials. Employers are seeking individuals holding these credentials - offering competitive salaries and benefits to those who do.

The ANFP is a national not-for-profit association established in 1960 that today has more than 14,000 professionals dedicated to the practice of providing optimum nutritional care through foodservice management. Its mission is to position the certified dietary manager as the expert in foodservice management and food safety.

ANFP members work in hospitals, long-term care, schools, correctional facilities, and other non-commercial foodservice settings. The association provides foodservice reference, publications and resources, employment services for members, continuing education and professional development, and certification programs. The ANFP monitors industry trends and legislative issues, and publishes one of the industry's most respected magazines.

CAC's dietary manager program has been approved by the ANFP since 1988, with the online aspect gaining approval through 2018. The program consists of 13 credits of food and nutrition courses and three credits (150 hours) of a competency-based internship. The entire program may be completed online in three semesters, part-time.

Certified dietary managers are nationally recognized experts at managing food service operations and are trained and qualified to manage menus, handle food purchasing and preparation, apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, ensure food safety, manage work teams, and more.

To learn more about CAC's dietary manager certificate and dietetic technician associate of applied science degree, students can contact the dietetic education program at www.centralaz.edu/nutrition or by phone at 520-494-5497.

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