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Dietary Manager


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A Dietary manager oversees the day-to-day operation of an institutional food service department, most often in a healthcare facility. This one-year program prepares you to take the national certification exam, and along with some work experience, gain your CDM (Certified Dietary Manager) credential.

You will develop skills in all aspects of foodservice production and management including purchasing, menu development, and cost control. In addition, emphasis will be on nutrition assessment and medical nutrition therapy. You will gain valuable hands-on experience as you intern in a healthcare facility for a semester.

Strong growth for this job is projected to meet the demand of the increasing number of extended care facilities. The median annual wage is $40,000, dependent on geographic location and size of the department supervised.

Course Info

This is a career program and is designed to enable students to seek employment at theprogram's completion. Successful completion of this program qualifies a student to apply for acertificate in Dietary Manager. The student is then eligible to take the credentialing examinationgiven by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers of the Dietary Managers Association.

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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