Program Information

The San Jacinto College dietary management program is approved by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). The program includes two semesters of classroom instruction and 150 hours of hands-on practice in nutrition and foodservice management. Upon completion of the program, students qualify to take the certified dietary managers (CDM) and certified food protection professionals (CFPP) certification exam.

CDMs and CFPPs are nationally recognized experts at managing dietary operations. Many work in health care—nursing facilities, rehab facilities, senior living communities, or hospitals. Others work in correctional facilities, schools, the military, and corporations.

CDMs 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 more.

Additional Information

Students who successfully complete the two-term program will receive a certificate from San Jacinto College and may qualify to take the certification exam.

The College encourages students to obtain student membership in ANFP; professional membership is available after completion of the program.

CDMs and CFPPs have passed a nationally recognized credentialing exam offered by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers. Continuing education is required to maintain these credentials.

For additional information, call the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals at 800-323-1908 or visit the website

*Students entering the program should be employed in a food service position and have the approval and participation of a registered dietitian as preceptor who must directly supervise 25 of the 50 nutrition-related field experience hours and coordinate the entire 150 hours.

Career Opportunities

Students who attain a Marketable Skills Achievement Award pursue employment in:

  • Retirement communities
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Correctional facilities
  • Schools
  • Military

Earning Potential

Dietitians and Nutritionists median salary $57,3051

For more information, please contact 281-542-2099.


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