Dietary and Food Service Management
Associate of Applied Science

The Dietary and Food Service Management program at Ferris State University is the only program in Michigan approved by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (AFNP). A training program approved by ANFP follows established requirements and involves coursework in foodservice management, human resources management, nutrition and medical nutrition therapy, and food safety.  

This program was developed in response to industry’s need for Certified Dietary Managers within the healthcare industry and prepares graduates to take the certification exam to become a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) with the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals. Students complete 150 hours of supervised clinical experience with 25 hours of this work experience being directly with a Registered Dietitian. A Certified Dietary Manager has the education, training, and experience to meet the responsibilities of a dietary manager and has proven this by passing a nationally-recognized credentialing exam and fulfilling the requirements needed to maintain certified status. CDM’s are experts at managing dietary operations.

You will be trained and qualified to administrate menus, food purchasing, and food preparation; and to apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, ensure food safety, manage work teams, and much more. As a certified dietary manager you could run the day-to-day operations including the management of food service employees, scheduling, payroll, hiring, employee relations and performance management.

Other responsibilities could include nutrition consulting, meal planning, inventory control, budgeting and purchasing. Additionally, a dietary manager should expect to interact with numerous employees and clientele on a daily basis; communication and customer service are important functions of the position. The ServSafe Certification needed for work in this area is a part of the degree’s course work.

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Kymberli Flanagan
(616) 451-4777

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