Certified Dietary Manager

Program of Study

Certified Dietary Manager

Curriculum
Direct to Work
Courses Offered Online, Local Internships with Field Experience

Certified Dietary Manager classes will be paused for the 2022-23 academic year. The Certified Dietary Manager program is undergoing revisions. Please check back with us in the summer of 2023.

 

Do you want to become a nationally recognized expert at managing food service operations, earn a great salary, and obtain your credentials in less than one year?

Watch this video and find out how CCD can help you launch your career at becoming a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM).

Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) professionals are nationally recognized experts at managing food service operations. When you earn the credential, you prove your competence in the areas of food service management, personnel and communication, nutrition, sanitation and safety, and business operations.

Students in this program can also participate in the Auraria Campus Student Dietetic Association and meet with other students from CCD and MSU Denver who are also interested in Nutrition and Wellness.

Online/remote program completion options are available. This program can be completed online, and the internship can be completed remotely if you live out of state or out of the area. Potential students will need to secure an internship location and also a registered dietitian (RD/RDN) and CDM preceptor(s). Please contact the program director for more information. 

Application will open Summer 2023

The Certified Dietary Manager program is undergoing revisions. Certified Dietary Manager classes will be paused for the 2022-23 academic year. Please check back with us in Summer of 2023.

CCD Offers Two Pathway Options for Certified Dietary Managers!
PATHWAY I
FAST TRACK PATHWAY

No college degree is necessary to start this program! The only prerequisite is determining your course placement.

Students can consider the Fast Track option if one of the following applies:

  • Hold a related college degree in food service management, nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel-restaurant management. OR

No institutional food service experience is needed.

  • Have two years of full-time non-commercial food service management work experience. *Students will only need to complete and pass the instructional portion of our ANFP-approved food service manager training program.

Apply and enroll in our 16-credit CDM certificate. See the full curriculum here.

For more information, please contact Michelle Hoffer, Chair of the CDM program to see if you qualify for the fast-track program.

About the Program

The CDM certificate program offers the education and training to make students eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM).

We offer flexible training options! Some students attend classes part-time while working in the industry; others may choose to attend a more intensive semester-long certificate program. Plus, we offer online courses to match your busy schedule. The program requires three courses. Please contact Michelle Hoffer, Chair of the CDM program, for more information.

Take the next step in your career!

Students who graduate from CCD with an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Nutrition are eligible to take one additional course to meet the CDM exam eligibility requirements for Fast Track Pathway. Please contact Michelle Hoffer, the program director, for more information.

Do More with Your Food Service or Nutrition Degree

Do you already hold a related college degree in food service management, nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel management? CCD takes you to the next step in your career with FAST TRACK options!

Upon completion of the elective courses, you’re eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM).

How Do I Qualify?

  • You meet FAST TRACK PATHWAY eligibility if you have graduated from CCD with an A.A.S. in nutrition and take the required elective course.
  • You may be eligible for FAST TRACK if you hold a two- or four-year degree in food service management, nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel-restaurant management and take 1 to 3 elective course(s) to fulfill the exam eligibility requirement for this pathway.
  • You may be eligible for FAST TRACK if you have two years of full-time non-commercial food service management work experience. Students will need to complete the classroom and online instructional portion of an ANFP-approved food service manager training program at CCD. 
  • Students can review the CBDM exam eligibility requirements HERE

Make an appointment with Michelle Hoffer, the program director, to learn more.

Accreditation

This is an approved program through the Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals (through 8/3/2024).

Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. Visit our Cashier's Office for more information regarding tuition and fees.

Description Fee
Standard Tuition Rate Per Credit Hour (After COF) $148.90
Tuition $2,382.40
Textbooks (must be purchased through the ANFP Website) $285.00
Total for Program $2668.00

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at CCD.edu/Scholarships.

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

Pre-Professional Membership Opportunities

Job Outlook & Salary Information

Strong growth and new regulations in all areas of long-term care have driven the demand for the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM).

The median wage in 2020 was $27.21 hour and $56,590 annually with the ANFP in 2018, reporting an average of $58,939 annually in Colorado and a national average salary of $53,116.

Projected growth for these types of jobs is an average of five to nine percent 2020-2030 10-15%.

Projected job openings (2020-2030): 41,400.

Job outlook and salary information is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career Options

  • Certified Dietary Manager
  • Food Service Manager
  • Director of Food Services
  • Dietary Director

The information provided above is from O-Net Online.

Program Outcomes

Total of 2019 Graduates
Total Students Employed in their Field of Study
Total Students Who Have Transferred to 4-Year Degree or Other Institution
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