UACCM Academics

Career-Specific Program Overview

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Dietary Management

The Dietary Management program is designed for individuals who wish to obtain the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) credential. The program follows the curriculum prescribed by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP), which is the national professional organization for dietary managers. It consists of classroom instruction and field experiences. Field experiences will be scheduled on an individual basis. All students are encouraged to join ANFP as a pre-professional member upon starting the program. Successful graduates of this program are eligible for the CDM credentialing exam and ANFP Professional membership.

A Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) is an expert at managing foodservice operations and ensuring food safety. They work together with Registered Dietitians in a variety of settings. They may plan to produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals. Certified Dietary Managers may be responsible for the purchase, storage, preparation, and delivery of nutritionally-balanced meals. They assist in planning menus and inspect foods to ensure that portions adhere to set restrictions and dietary standards.

Career Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Schools
  • Restaurants
  • Armed Forces

Certificate Requirements


Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals Approved Training Program. ANFP Logo

The Dietary Management Certificate of Proficiency is approved by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals, 406 Surrey Woods Drive, St. Charles, IL 60174 (800)-323-1908. The approval extends through October 28, 2025.

Program Requirements

  • Completion of all general admission requirements to UACCM
  • Immunization record showing proof of immunity against measles and rubella (for those students born on or after January 1)
  • Current proof of tuberculosis screening Malpractice insurance
  • Satisfactory Criminal Background check
  • Stand prolong periods of time
  • Lift up to 50 lbs