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Dietary Manager DMST.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 16 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Nutrition and Dietetics
Effective as of Fall 2024

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 the program about?

Graduates of the Dietary Manager (DM) Program are trained foodservice professionals in retail and foodservice management within health care and community institutions. They understand basic nutritional needs of clients and work in partnership with dietetic technicians and dietitians, who offer specialized nutritional expertise. Approved by the Association of Nutrition and Food Professionals (ANFP), the curriculum includes 13 semester credit hours of classroom instruction, 3 semester credit hours of food lab instruction, and 210 hours of management and clinical directed practice coordinated by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). A minimum of 25 clinical directed practice hours are directly-supervised by a RDN. Students are required to complete these field experiences at area community, foodservice and healthcare facilities. As an integral member of the healthcare and foodservice management teams, dietary managers are responsible for maintaining cost/profit objectives, purchasing goods and services for the nutrition department and supervising staff. Students of Sinclair's Dietary Manager Program are eligible to become pre-professional members of the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP), a nationally recognized organization that can be reached at PO Box 3610, St. Charles, IL 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 successfully passing a national credentialing exam will enable graduates to become Certified Dietary Managers, Certified Food Protection Professionals (CDM, CFPPs) in accordance with the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers at The DM Program at Sinclair is fully approved by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). Students must pass all DM certificate program courses with a letter grade of "C" or better. The Sinclair nutrition and dietetics programs are open to those age 16 and older.

Program Outcomes

  • Supervise and monitor the production, distribution and service of quantity foods that meet the industry established criteria for nutrition, sanitation/safety, cost parameters and consumer acceptance.
  • Implement and coordinate the institutional foodservice operating systems including financial, personnel, physical, material resources, retail (cafeteria, coffee shops, kiosks, etc.) and nutritional care services.
  • Demonstrate clinical knowledge pertaining to healthcare medical record charting and clinical client interactions.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical practice in accordance with the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) and participate in lifelong learning activities to support knowledge and competence.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Sinclair's Dietary Manager program can find employment in nutrition and 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.


Courses in the Sinclair Dietary Manager certificate (13 credits out of 16 credits) may be transferred to the Sinclair Nutrition & Dietetics Technician Associate's degree program or transferred to regional Registered Dietitian Nutritionist programs.


CDM, CFPPs are not licensed but are certified and work in partnership with registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN).


Course Title Credits
DIT 1105 Exploration of the Nutrition & Dietetics Profession 1
DIT 2101 Dining Assistant Dietary Aide 1
DIT 2180 Medical Nutrition Therapy for Dietary Managers 3
DIT 2510 Institutional Food Safety & Quantity Food Systems 3
DIT 2515 Foodservice Systems Directed Practicum 1
DIT 2520 Food Science Lab II 3
DIT 2735 Foodservice Retail Business Management & Mid-Program Assessment 3
DIT 2740 Retail Business Management Directed Practicum 1
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Program Accreditation Information

The Sinclair Dietary Manager certificate program is approved by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP)

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.