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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Program Admission Requirements

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

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • ENG-0995 Applied College Literacies or appropriate score on English Placement Test.
  • MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or co-enrollment in a co-requisite pairing of MATH-0940 Essential Skills for Contemporary Mathematics and MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics; or qualified Math Placement.
  • 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
Summer StartCredit Hours
DIET-1200 Basic Nutrition 3
HOSP-1020 Sanitation and Safety 2
 Credit Hours5
First Semester
DIET-1310 Introduction to Dietetics 2
DIET-1320 Nutrition Applications 2 1
DIET-2301 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3 3
HOSP-1031 Fundamentals of Culinary Arts 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
DIET-1940 Dietary Managers Field Experience 1
DIET-xxxxDIET Elective course 2-3
HOSP-2400 Hospitality Management and Supervision 3
HOSP-2500 Hospitality Cost Control 3
HOSP-2700 Hospitality Purchasing 2
MATH-1xxx1000-level MATH course or higher 3
 Credit Hours14-15
 Total Credit Hours31-32

MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics is required for Dietetic Technology Program.

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.