Certified Dietary Manager

Are you ready for a steady diet? Well, we want to help you make that a steady diet of success, by becoming a Certified Dietary Manager!

Campus Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term January
Length of Program 9-13 weeks
Diploma/Degree  Certificate


Dietary Managers are trained and qualified to manage menus, purchase and prepare food while incorporating nutritional principles, document nutritional information and ensure food safety in healthcare facilities and institutional food services!


What you will learn:
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Menu planning
  • Quality food production
  • Purchasing
  • Sanitation supervision


Ready to take your education to the next level? Dietary Managers enjoy careers at colleges and universities, hospitals, nursing homes, military bases, schools, senior living communities, and so much more!


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Courses Required

Nutrition for Dietary Managers - HEA*5050*601 (33605)

Examines the basic concepts and science of nutrition for foodservice professionals.

Foodservice Management for Dietary Managers - HEA*5055*601 (33606)

Examines foodservice safety and sanitation regulations and HACCP guidelines as well as oversight of institutional foodservice operations and other related mandatory topics for CDMs.

Dietary Manager Fieldwork - HEA*5060*601 (33607)

This course requires 150 hours of supervised experience in institutional foodservice operations, 50 hours of supervised experience in food service department management, and 50 hours of Registered Dietitian supervised experience in nutrition patient care.


Register for the Program:

If you would like to register for the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) Program, please contact the Continuing Education Office:

Continuing Education Office

Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (641) 683-5249 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5249


Contact Us:

Not sure if you want to study towards this certificate or continue on and get your Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nutrition & Dietary Management? Don’t stress. Just ask Heather!

Heather Larson, MBA, RD, LD, Program Director, Allied Health
(641) 683-5111, ext. 5311 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5311
[email protected]