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Frequently Asked Questions for Dietary Management 

Frequently Asked Questions for Dietary Management

What exactly is a Dietary Manager?

This program is designed for health care professionals or individuals interested in developing dietary management skills.

CDM, CFPPs are experts at managing dietary operations. They are trained and qualified to administrate menus, food purchasing, and food preparation; and to apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, ensure food safety, manage work teams, and much more.

Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professionals (CDM, CFPPs) are nationally recognized experts at managing dietary operations. Many work in healthcare—nursing facilities, rehab facilities, senior living communities, or hospitals. Some work in correctional facilities, schools, and the military. Others work for corporations. Certified Dietary Managers are trained and qualified to manage menus, food purchasing, and food preparation; and to apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, ensure food safety, manage work teams, and much more.

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What are the credentialing requirements needed to work in Ohio?

The credential is a national certification:

A Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM®, CFPP®) has the education, training, and experience to competently perform the responsibilities of a dietary manager and has proven this by passing a nationally-recognized credentialing exam and fulfilling the requirements needed to maintain certified status.

What a typical salary for a Dietary Manager?

The average full-time salary for dietary managers who participated in DMA's 2010 survey is $39, a long term care facility. Additionally, dietary managers with the CDM, CFPP credential earn more than those without the credential. For further information, please see:
Where can I obtain employment?

Dietary Managers work in hospitals, long-term care, schools, correctional facilities, and other non-commercial foodservice settings.

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How long is the program?

The Dietary Manager Certificate Program is one year in length.  The program is designed for those working in a health care foodservice. During the second semester, a Dietary Manager Field Experience is required, completed at their worksite. 

Can I transfer credits from another college or university?

Students who wish to transfer to Tri-C should follow the established admission procedures. Please see the following link for further information: Transfer

Is the program offered in the evenings or on weekends? Can I work while attending the program?

Diet courses are mostly available during the daytime hours; however, many are offered via distance learning. Students may enroll in the program on a part time basis; however, it will take the students longer than two years to complete the program. Many students have part time employment while enrolled in the program. Students are cautioned regarding the number of hours they work. The intensity and continuity of the program is such that employment may detract from course responsibilities.

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Is financial aid available?

Yes. Cuyahoga Community College maintains a Student Financial Assistance Office on each campus (East, Western, Weststhore and Metro). This office is dedicated to helping students in finding a way to pay for college and is located where students can apply for financial aid including grants and loans and Veteran’s Programs.

Contact: Student Financial Assistance at 1-800-954-8742 or
Scholarships are available to help offset education costs and CDM exam. Select link below to login and select Grants & Scholarships at
How many students are accepted?

Twenty students per year.

When should I submit an application?

The DTP begins in the Fall Semester. Full and Part time options are available. See application process for details.

Estimated Cost of the Dietary Manager Certificate Program

 Tuition (in County): $91.22 
 Out of county (in OH): $118.45 per credit
 Out of State: $235.60

 30 credits x $104.54


 Books and Supplies 



 Uniform (Shoes/Lab Coat) 



 Liability Insurance and Background Check 



 National Registration Examination 



 Total Estimated Cost



Note:  these estimates are subject to change

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Judith  Kaplan, MS, RD, LD 
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Metro Campus, MRC 23
2900 Community College Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Cleveland OH 44115-3196

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