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Dietary Manager

Quick Facts

Dietary managers are responsible for the daily operations of foodservice departments. They ensure food quality, safety standards, and client expectations. (Certifying Board for Dietary Managers: CDM, CFPP Job Description)

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Our Program

Why choose Dietary Manager?

  • Enter an in-demand career: Long-term care facilities have is an increased need for dietary managers due to a growing aging population
  • Have the managerial authority to delegate & assign job responsibilities
  • Benefit from ample opportunities for advancement based on experience & skills
  • Enjoy choices in your work environment because dietary managers work in a variety of settings, including:
    • Healthcare
    • Schools
    • Military
    • Corporations
  • Prepare to sit for the national credentialing examination to obtain the CDM & CFPP credentials

Prepare for what you will do at work

  • Manage foodservice operations, including ordering, inventory control & budgeting.
  • Hire, train & evaluate foodservice employees
  • Implement food safety & sanitation guidelines
  • Plan & modify menus to meet patient needs
  • Collaborate with medical professionals to provide patient care

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Marketable skills you will learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before you enroll, think about:

Special admission

Dietary Manager is a special admission program.

After being accepted to TCC, you must meet enrollment requirements to be eligible to submit a separate application to the program.

Talk to the program director or the Career & Technical advisor to select courses you need for the program. You are not required to complete Texas core classes for this degree.

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Special requirement—Practicum: supervised practice

Practicum provides supervised practice experience in real life situations. You are required to complete 3 practicum courses, with a minimum of 450 hours.

Learn more about the Practicum

Stackable certificates

You will also able to earn the following certificates as you complete the program requirements.

Want more details?

Have accessibility questions about this handbook? Call the Dietetics Department at 817-515-3051.

Need help paying for this program?

Need a boost to get ready for college?

Talk to your advisor about Developmental Studies if your TSI scores say you need some help in math or reading and writing.

Degrees & Certificates


Level 1


Our Dietary Manager Certificate Program is approved by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

2022–2023 Academic Year

Degree or Certificate Program Title Hours Total Tuition & Fees
CRT1 Dietary Manager 21 $1,344


  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Non-Credit Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to promotion opportunities.

For example, you will be ready to work toward:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition or Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality or Culinary Arts

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!


Southeast Campus

Christina Liew-Newville, Ed.D., R.D., L.D.
Dietetics Program Coordinator
Dietetic Technician Program Director


Southeast Campus

Denise Blevins, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Dietary Manager Program Coordinator


Southeast Campus

Lynda Fox-Arnold, M.S.
Career Advisor


Southeast Campus

Dietetics Program

Call 817-515-3051

Updated January 20, 2023