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
  • 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
  • Gain hands-on nutrition counseling & dietetics work experience through patient simulation activities & practicum courses
  • 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

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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.

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Stackable Certificates

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

Licensing Notice: Texas House Bill 1508

This program prepares you for an occupational license. However, you may not be eligible for licensing if you have a prior criminal history.

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

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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?

2024–2025 Academic Year

Degree or Certificate Program Title Semester Credit Hours Total Tuition & Fees
CRT1 Dietary Manager 21 $1,449


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

Continuing Education 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
Nutrition & Dietetics Program Director


Southeast Campus

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


Southeast Campus

Dietetics Program

Call 817-515-3051

Updated April 08, 2024