Dietary Manager Training Program

Approved since 1988 by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). The ANFP Program Review Committee has granted full approval to the online Dietary Manager Program through August 21, 2018.

Program Overview

Description and Career Information
Required Courses

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Registration Process

How to get started This link includes information in regards to:
Admissions, Advising, Class Schedules, Registration, Paying for College, Financial Aid, Drop/Add, and Refunds

DM Internship Information

Internship Information

DM Projects:
Project A - Nutrition and Medical Nutrition Therapy
Project B - Management of Food Service
Project C - Human Resource Management
Project D - Sanitation and Food Safety

Graduation and National Exams

CAC Certificate Requirements
National Certification (Credentialing Exam)

Description and Career Information
The Dietary Manager Training Program consists of 12 credits of food and nutrition courses and 4 credits (150 hours) of practical experience. The entire program may be completed online in 3 semesters part-time.

CDM, CFPPs are nationally recognized experts at managing food service operations. Many work in healthcare, nursing facilities, rehabilitation facilities, senior living communities, or hospitals. Some work in correctional facilities, schools, and the military. Others work for corporations. Certified Dietary Managers are trained and qualified to manage menus, food purchasing, and food preparation; and to apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, ensure food safety, manage work teams, and much more.

2015-2016 Required Courses (16 credits)
Computer course strongly recommended

NTR104 Nutrition (3) Prerequisite: RDG094
NTR223 Food Service Management (3) Prerequisite: RDG094
NTR240 Clinical Nutrition (3) Prerequisite: NTR104
NTR255 Medical Terminology, Labs & Food Interaction (1) Prerequisites: NTR104 or NTR200
NTR156 Foundations of Dietary Manager Internship (2) Prerequisites: NTR104 and NTR223
NTR196 Dietary Manager Internship (4) Prerequisite: NTR156, NTR223, NTR240, and NTR255

Central Arizona College Certificate Requirements

• A minimum of one third of the credits completed at CAC
• Completion of the courses outlined including internship
• Meet all transfer credit requirements (if applicable)
• Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Payment of all financial obligations owed to the college

DM Internship Information
The DM Internship requires a minimum of 150 hours of practical experience coordinated by the Dietary Manager Training Program Director and RD/Facilitator. From the 150 hours, 50 must be supervised by the RD/Facilitator. Additionally, the intern must document at least 100 hours compiling a portfolio that will be submitted to the CAC RD/Instructor of record.

Prior to beginning the internship experience, interns are required to register in NTR156 Foundations of Dietary Manager Internship. NTR156 is a two-credit class offered online. This class provides the foundation required to successfully complete the internship by identifying rotation facilities and RD/Facilitator(s). The course emphasizes the legal and ethical aspects specific to internships for nutrition professionals.

National Certification (Credentialing Exam)
Students who complete the certificate are eligible to earn two credentials, Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) and Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP), by taking a National Certification Exam offered by Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals. This exam is offered twice a year at exam sites across the country. Credentialing exam and student membership information can be accessed online

The Central Arizona College (CAC) Dietary Manager Training Program has been approved by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals.

Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP)
406 Surrey Woods Dr, St. Charles, IL 60174
Tel: 800.323.1908 or 630.587.6336 - Fax: 630.587.6308

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