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Are you interested in a career that allows you to help people maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle? At Johnson County Community College, our Dietary Manager courses will help students prepare to become a certified dietary manager.

What Will I Learn in JCCC's Dietary Manager Program?

Through JCCC's Dietary Manager courses, you will learn everything you need to know as a dietary manager. As a dietary manager, you will:

  • Work in partnership with registered dietitians to purchase, prepare and deliver balanced nutritional meals within a budget.
  • Analyze the basic nutritional needs of your clientele.
  • Provide meal service while satisfying client preferences.
  • Assess dietary intake for energy balance, sustainability and nutrition for humans in various stages of life.
  • Apply nutrition knowledge to clinical, community, research and food science situations.
  • Effectively and efficiently supervise noncommercial foodservice facilities while applying nutrition principles and ensuring food safety.

At JCCC, our Dietary Manager program consists of 30 credit hours—two semesters—of coursework. After completing the necessary credit hours, you will take an exam to earn your Dietary Manager certificate. In your JCCC courses, you will learn:

  • Nutrition and meal planning
  • Nutrition and medical nutrition therapy
  • Management of food service
  • Human resource management
  • Sanitation and food safety
  • Basic professional cooking
  • Supervisory management
  • Basic business math

In your final semester, you will complete a dietary manager's practicum (internship). The practicum requires 125 hours in food service as well as 25 hours of field experience in nutrition. This course lets you apply what you learned in the classroom to real-world scenarios.

Once you successfully complete these classes, you will be eligible to take the national credentialing exam. The exam is offered through the Certifying Board of Dietary Managers. After passing the exam, you'll earn your Certified Dietary Manager and Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP) credentials.

Why JCCC's Dietary Manager Program?

Our program is more robust than other dietary management programs available. Classes are small, usually between 20 and 25 students, which gives you more one-on-one time with your instructors.

The Dietary Manager courses are also fun, dynamic and taught by experienced instructors. You can complete the program in a year or attend part-time to best suit your needs. Plus, we offer some Dietary Manager courses online for your convenience.

You will be fully prepared for the nationally recognized CDM Credentialing Exam offered by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers. You will also qualify for Level 3 certification with the School Nutrition Association.

JCCC Tools and Resources for Dietary Manager Students

As a Dietary Manager student at JCCC, you will have access to resources and tools that enhance your education.

You can also take advantage of JCCC's Career Development Center, Academic Counseling, and Financial Aid Office. We also have many different clubs and organizations.

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.
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Certified dietary managers have plenty of career opportunities. Often, dietary managers will work alongside registered dietitians in healthcare facilities and other institutions. As a certified dietary manager (CDM), you could supervise food services in numerous facilities, such as:

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Correctional institutions
  • Other noncommercial settings


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.

Food Service Managers

Download the Dietary Manager Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

We know that money is important to you. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

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Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.