This program is designed for health care foodservice employees interested in developing dietary management skills. The components of the program are in five key areas: Nutrition, Foodservice, Personnel and Communications, Sanitation and Safety, and Business Operations. This program is approved by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).

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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Admission Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center after meeting the following requirements:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test.
  • MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or appropriate score on Math Placement Test.
  • Seven year limit on core courses prior to application.
  • 20 students accepted per year in the program.
  • GPA required: 2.0 admission requirements, 2.0 overall
  • Criminal background check required.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Perform professionally and ethically following the Code of Ethics for Certified Dietary Managers (CDM).
  2. Use appropriate medical data and knowledge of body systems and evidence based research to design and implement nutrition care plans, conduct nutrition screenings and make appropriate referrals and assist with nutrition assessment by monitoring diverse individuals, populations and community groups across the life span within scope of practice.
  3. Apply knowledge of mathematics to develop and analyze recipes, formulas and diets, apply financial and procurement principles to collecting and processing financial data.
  4. Use appropriate interpersonal skills, medical terminology and technology in written and verbal communication with interdisciplinary teams, patients/clients and family members.
  5. Educational and psychological principles to develop and implement educational and training programs for patients, clients, and target audience within scope of practice.
  6. Apply supervisory concepts to food production including procurement, distribution/service, menu development; applying sensory evaluation and safety/sanitation principle and concepts.
  7. Apply supervisory concepts to the organizational unit, including financial, human, physical, and material resources and services.
  8. Apply evidence-based research and management principles to human resource functions, facility management, organizational change, planning and goal setting; development and measurement of outcomes and quality improvement.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
DIET-1200 Basic Nutrition 3
DIET-1320 Nutrition Applications 1
HOSP-1020 Sanitation and Safety 2
MA-1020 Medical Terminology I 3
MATH-1xxx 1 1000-level MATH course or higher 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
DIET-1331 Food Production Fundamentals 4
DIET-1580 Cost Control Procedures 1
DIET-1590 Purchasing Procedures 1
DIET-1600 Introduction to Supervision 3
DIET-1940 Dietary Managers Field Experience 1
DIET-2301 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
DIET-xxxx DIET Elective course 2-3
 Credit Hours15-16
 Total Credit Hours30-31