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Dietary Manager DMST.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 17 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Nutrition and Dietetics
Effective as of Fall 2023

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 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 12 semester credit hours of classroom instruction, 2 semester credit hours of food lab instruction, and 200 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 health care facilities. 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 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 is fully approved by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). Students must pass all DM certificate program courses with a "C" or better.

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 Foodservice 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.


Course Title Credits
DIT 1525 (Human Nutrition) OR DIT 2180 (Medical Nutrition Therapy for Dietary Managers) 3
DIT 1630 (Nutrition in the Lifecycle) OR DIT 2101 (Eating Matters for Dining Assistants) AND DIT 2190 (Dietary Managers Nutrition Clinical) 3
DIT 2510 (Institutional Foodservice Systems) AND DIT 2515 (Foodservice Practicum I) AND DIT 2520 (Food Science Lab II) AND DIT 2735 (Foodservice Organization & Management) AND DIT 2740 (Foodservice Practicum II) 9
HMT 1107 Sanitation & Safety 2
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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.