Applying to the Program

Congratulations on your decision to become a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM).

Your career in nutrition and food services will make you the expert at managing foodservice operations. With this credential, you are defined as a highly qualified professional in the area of foodservice management, personnel and communication, nutrition, sanitation, and safety and business operations (ANFP, 2019).

Attend a Certified Dietary Manager Information Session:

Date Time Location

To begin the application process, please follow steps 1 through 6. Your last step is to complete our online application. Please complete the first set of steps before you begin the application.

Email any questions you may have to Michelle Hoffer, the CDM program chair, before submitting your packet.

Are you interested in the A.A.S. in nutrition/elective pathway or the fast-track option? You must contact the Program Chair before moving forward.

Step 1. Enroll in CCD

To register for the CDM program, you must be a current CCD student. If you have not done so yet, please complete the free CCD application. When completing the application, enter either, non-degree seeking, or, undeclared, as the program option (you may not self-select the CDM program as an option).

Step 2. Background Check (BGC) and Drug Screen (DS)

CCD's Certified Dietary Manager program requires that a background check and a drug screen are completed before your admittance into the program. Please read the disqualifying offenses before applying to the program.

You may access this background check and drug screen at the Colorado Community College System’s CastleBranch website. Once you have ordered and paid for both, save a copy of the payment confirmation in a .pdf or screenshot from your computer to upload with your application. You do not need to wait for the results to finish the application. The HR department at CCD will communicate with the application coordinator and program chair when your results come in.  On average, results can take between 2 and 4 weeks so please plan accordingly. You will then be given information regarding the next steps in the application process. Read the Disqualifying Criminal Offenses here.

You will need to upload the payment confirmation page of the background check to the online application. 

Step 3. Complete Medical History

Complete the required medical forms for the Auraria Health Center, including documentation of MMR vaccination, Hepatitis B vaccination, Varicella vaccination (chickenpox), TDaP vaccination (Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis) and flu vaccination (during flu season, October through March). If you have not had the Hepatitis B series (3 shots over 6 months), you will need the first two doses (the initial dose and the one month later dose) while in the program. If you have not had this vaccination and choose to not take it, you must fill out the declination form which you can get from the Chair of the CDM program. The CDM program will also require a TB test, which is not a vaccination, but a screening to see if you have recently been exposed to someone with this disease. You can get the TB test at the Auraria Health Center or at your personal healthcare provider's office. While completing our online application, you will have the ability to upload these medical records. If you have submitted your immunization record to the health center and did not keep a copy for yourself to upload to the application, you can go to the Plaza building, office 149, to request a copy of your records.

Note: All CCD students must complete the MMR vaccination forms. If not, the immunizations office can place a hold on your student account and you will not be able to register for any classes. Also, if you are an MSU Denver or CU Denver student, inform the Auraria Health Center that you are now a CCD student and they will transfer your profile to CCD, thereby meeting this requirement.

Step 4. Minimum Test Scores or Previous Education Requirements

To be accepted into the Certified Dietary Manager program, you must determine English and Math course placement. This is defined as the following: obtain the scores indicated in the chart below, by either taking the Accuplacer placement test, taking the English Self Assessment and the Math Self Assessment online, meeting the ACT/SAT score requirements or by submitting transcripts that show previous college classes to CCD’s Testing Center. Please follow the instructions from their Testing Center website if you have previously taken college classes or meet the minimum scores on the SAT/ACT. The Testing Center will be able to waive your scores or college credits so that you will be able to register for classes.

Use this chart as a guide if you have completed the classes below, taken the placement test, or ACT/SAT.

PLACEMENT SCORE  Reading/Sentence Skills- OR 80 or higher 95 or higher

Step 5. Program of Study Change Request Form

You will need to fill out a Program of Study Change Request Form. Click on this link, then scroll down to the very bottom to find the Adobe Acrobat PDF form that you can fill out and sign digitally (there are two forms, fill out the second one). Then, save a copy of this form to your computer and upload the form into the application (Step 6 below).

Step 6. Complete the Online Application

After you have completed the first 5 steps, you may begin your online application. You may not start this application and return to it later. Acceptance into the program will be first come, first served during each application cycle.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please be sure your application contains all of the uploaded documents that are required. We will notify you through your CCD student email address. Check your email frequently so that you do not miss out on any information or notifications about the program.

Final Steps

After the program manager has reviewed your online application, you will be notified of your status in the Certified Dietary Manager program. Those accepted into the program will also receive instructions on your next steps, including some of the following:

  • Attend orientation (email Michelle Hoffer to set up your orientation date and to obtain your booklist). 
  • Review class schedules and select the class of your choice.
  • DIT 121 and DIT 123 are offered in ten-week blocks and the internship courses are offered in eight or 15-week blocks, HWE course(s) are offered in 15, 13, 10, and 8-week blocks.
  • Register and pay for your classes. To set up a payment plan, please contact Cashier's Office at 303.556.2075.
  • Obtain the CDM textbook at