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What will I learn?

As a dietary manager, you will:

  • Work in partnership with registered dietitians to purchase, prepare and deliver balanced nutritional meals within a budget.
  • Effectively and efficiently supervise noncommercial foodservice facilities while applying nutrition principles and ensuring food safety.
  • Analyze the basic nutritional needs of your clientele.

In 30 credit hours – two semesters – you will cover:

  • Nutrition and medical nutrition therapy
  • Management of foodservice
  • Human resource management
  • Sanitation and food safety
  • Basic professional cooking

In your final semester, you will complete a dietary manager’s practicum (internship) with a minimum of 100 hours in the industry as well as 25 hours of field experience in nutrition.

You can complete the program in just one year but also adapt it to a part-time schedule to best suit your needs. 

Once you successfully complete these classes, you will be eligible to take the national credentialing exam offered through the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). Upon passing the exam, you’ll earn your Certified Dietary Manager and Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP) credentials.

JCCC Assistant Professor Michelle Riley was honored as the 2019 CAFÉ/Sysco Corporation Community College Educator of the Year for her innovative teaching practices in the classroom, leadership in the field, and commitment to the educational community and foodservice industry. She developed a new Nutritional Health associate degree program at the College and collaborates with the University of Kansas Health System and University of Kansas Medical Center to create healthy eating presentations for the community.


Our program is more robust than other dietary management programs available. Classes are small, usually 20-25 students, which gives you more one-on-one time with your instructors. They are also fun and dynamic. You can complete the program in a year or attend part time for better work-life balance. Plus, we offer online classes for even more flexibility.

You will be fully prepared for the nationally recognized credentialing exam offered by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers. This certificate is accredited by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals. You will also qualify for Level 3 certification with the School Nutrition Association.

Our Hospitality Management Advisory Board provides expert advice on a variety of issues to ensure that students earning degrees or certificates from JCCC are prepared to enter the workforce and become immediately productive.

Ready to take the next step? Apply now

As a certified dietary manager (CDM), you could supervise food services in

  • long-term care facilities
  • hospitals
  • schools
  • correctional institutions
  • other noncommercial settings

Dietary Manager Program Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor compiles statistics on careers involving dietary management. You'll find information specifically related to careers in Kansas and Missouri, including salary information and the job prospects.

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Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.