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Academic Certificate – Dietary Manager (Online Program)

Division of Nursing & Allied Health ā€” Curriculum Code 6015

A Joint Admissions Program with Rutgers University- School of Health Related Professions (SHRP)
Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Academic Certificate
(Also see General Science A.S. Degree Program)

 

Why major in Dietary Management?

The Dietary Manager program is accredited by the Association of Nutrition and Food service Professionals (ANFP) and upon completion of the program students are eligible to sit for the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) national certification exam. Certified Dietary Managers supervise and manage nutritional and food services in long-term care facilities, educational institutions, hospitals, correctional facilities and non-commercial foodservice environments. Students are trained to comprehend basic nutritional requirements to best serve their clientele. The Dietary Manager is responsible in creating, acquiring, categorizing, formulating, and providing balanced nutritional meals. They also provide a variety of meals while conserving nutritional requirements within cost effective goals.

If I major in Dietary Manager, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Although the major is job-oriented, graduates of the certificate program can transfer credits into the Associates of Science in Health Science at Essex County College (ECC). Upon completion of the Health Science degree at ECC, students are eligible to sit for the Dietetic Technician Registration (DTR) examination; and those continuing into a Bachelor of Science in Health Science are eligible to take the Registered Dietician (RD) examination.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in the major?

Admission into the professional component is selective. The application deadline is November 15th for enrollment the following spring semester. Each student must meet with a program advisor prior to submission of an application. The following are the minimum requirements for admission:

  • Be at college level reading, English and mathematics, which may require the completion of developmental courses based on placement test scores.
  • Complete an 18-credit pre-professional component of general education courses and basic science courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Attain a grade of ā€œCā€ or above in each of the following prerequisite courses: ENG 101, BIO 121, BIO 122, MTH 100, and PSY 101 with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher for these five (5) courses.
How long will it take for me to complete this certificate program?

If you do not need developmental course work and have completed the pre-requisite courses for admission, you can complete the professional phase of the program in one (1) academic semester if you are registered for an average of fifteen (15) credits. It is important to note that most courses are web-based and, as such, requires students to have a computer and internet access.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-1865/1868.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Take the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) examination
  • Demonstrate leadership by supervising and managing foodservice departments in health care establishments, including hospitals, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities and correctional institutions
  • Assist dieticians in patient nutrition management
  • Manage budgets and communicate effectively
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

(18 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (3 credits)

ENG 101 (one 3-credit course)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (4 credits)

MTH 100 (one 4-credit course)

Scientific Knowledge and Reasoning (8 credits)

BIO 121 (one 4-credit course)
BIO 122 (one 4-credit course)

Society & Human Behavior (3 credits)

PSY 101 (one 3-credit course)

 

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(15 credits)

NTR 100 Food Service Management (5 credits) Online Course
NTR 109 Sanitation and Food Safety (2 credits) Online Course
NTR 209 Practicum in Dietary Management (5 credits) (In-person field-work with concurrent online course instruction)
NTR 219 Medical Nutrition Therapy for Dietary Managers (3 credits) Online Course

Note: The minimum passing grade for all courses is “C.” If you earn a grade below “C”, you need to repeat that course.

Total Credits Required for Academic Certificate: 33

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES:

Prerequisites
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
MTH 100 Introductory College Mathematics (4 credits)
BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
BIO 122 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
PSY 101 General Psychology I (3 credits)

Spring Semester
NTR 100 Food Service Management (5 credits) Online Course
NTR 109 Sanitation and Food Safety (2 credits) Online Course
NTR 209 Practicum in Dietary Management (5 credits) (In-person field-work with concurrent online course instruction)
NTR 219 Medical Nutrition Therapy for Dietary Managers (3 credits) Online Course

Notes:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.