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Dietary Manager
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Debra Frank
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Dietary Manager

If you love cooking healthy meals for a crowd while managing a busy department, Allegany College of Maryland's Dietary Manager Certificate program may be for you. In one year's time, you'll have the training in nutrition and dietetics you need to enter the job market.


Healthy Heart made of VegetablesDietary managers work primarily in healthcare (hospitals, rehab centers, senior living communities, and nursing homes) and institutional (the military, colleges, correctional facilities, and corporations) settings. As a student in our Dietary Manager Certificate program, you'll learn how to conduct nutrition assessments, plan menus for individuals with dietary restrictions, supervise commercial kitchens that meet code requirements, manage staff, and purchase food and supplies.

Your career training will include two semesters of coursework followed by an intensive ten-week summer session internship. As an intern, you'll learn firsthand how to complete nutrition-related projects under the guidance of a registered dietitian.

Upon successful completion of our program, you may choose to take the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) national certification examination offered by the Dietary Managers' Association.

Course Info

As a Dietary Management program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses, including:

  • Nutrition assessment
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Menu planning
  • Quantity food production
  • Purchasing
  • Sanitation supervision

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

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Career Info

Dietary Manager Certificate program graduates enjoy enriching and rewarding careers at:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Corporations
  • Correctional facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Military
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Schools
  • Senior living communities

Employment opportunities for those in nutrition and dietetics are expected to grow faster than average, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

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Faculty/Staff Info
Debra Frank, Assistant Professor and Program Director

Gateway Center

B.S., Pennsylvania State University

R.D., Shadyside Hospital Pittsburgh

Dietetic Internship program, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Additional graduate study, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Certified Hospitality Educator with the American Hotel and Motel Association

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