Dietary Manager DMST.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 17 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Dietetics and Nutrition
Effective as of Fall 2012

Dietary Managers supervise kitchen and cafeteria staff in the hospital and long-term care facility setting including payroll, scheduling and new employee hiring while maintaining inventory of kitchen inventory and storage. Dietary Managers are an integral part of the food service management team in hospitals, nursing homes and school systems with excellent future job prospects.

What is "Dietary Manager"?

Graduates of the Dietary Managers (DM) Program are trained foodservice professionals in health care delivery systems. They understand basic nutritional needs of clients and work in partnership with dietitians, who offer specialized nutritional expertise. Approved by the Association of Nutrition and Food Professionals (ANFP), the curriculum includes 200 hours of management and clinical directed practice. Students are required to complete these experiences at area community, foodservice and health care facilities. The program is designed to be completed in two (2) part-time consecutive terms. As an integral member of the health care and foodservice management teams, dietary managers are responsible for maintaining cost/profit objectives, purchasing goods and services for the department and supervising staff. Students of Sinclair’s Dietary Managers Program are eligible to become pre-professional members of the Association of Nutrition & Food Professionals (ANFP), a nationally recognized organization located at 406 Surrey Woods Drive, St. Charles, Illinois 60174, 1-800-323-1908, This specially designed program enables students to enjoy benefits of ANFP membership while attending school. Graduates are eligible for professional ANFP membership. Benefits include networking, professional growth, educational enrichment, and developing leadership skills. Completion of the DM Program and a national credentialing exam will enable graduates to become Certified Dietary Managers, Certified Food Protection Professionals (CDM, CFPPs). The DM Program is fully approved by the Association of Nutrition and Food Professionals (ANFP). To apply to the program complete a Sinclair Community College application electronically at Indicate your primary education plan is to obtain a short term certificate and choose Dietary Manager-STC as your primary area of interest.

Program Outcomes

  • Supervise and monitor the production, distribution and service of food that meets the established criteria for nutrition, sanitation/safety, cost parameters and consumer acceptance.
  • Implement and coordinate the foodservice system including financial, human, physical, material resources and nutritional care services.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical practice in accordance with the Association of Nutrition and Food Professionals (ANFP) and participate in lifelong learning activities

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Sinclair’s Dietary Managers program can find employment in dietary departments in hospitals, long-term care facilities, day care centers, school foodservice systems, correctional institutions and other noncommercial foodservice settings. Dietary managers may work as food service directors, assistant foodservice directors, supervisors, clinical care professionals, multi-department managers, high-level administrators in large service organizations, consultants or entrepreneurs.


CDM, CFPPs are not licensed but work in partnership with registered, licensed dietitians.

Additional Information

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program: View the Gainful Employment Information


Course Title Credits
DIT 2510 Institutional Foodservice Systems 3
DIT 2515 Foodservice Practicum I 1
DIT 2520 Laboratory for Foodservice Systems 1
DIT 2735 Foodservice Organization & Management 3
DIT 2740 Foodservice Practicum II 1
HMT 1107 Sanitation & Safety 2
(DIT 2180 OR DIT 2625) 3
(DIT 2101 AND DIT 2190 OR DIT 2630) 3
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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.