Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Dietary Manager Mission-Goals-Program

The mission of the Dietary Manager program is to provide students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to function as competent entry-level Dietary Managers.

To support the mission of the program the following Program Goals have been developed:

  • Provide a curriculum of sequential coursework that gradually and consistently builds student knowledge in dietetics and coordinates classroom learning with appropriate classroom experience.

  • Prepare students with the skills to sit for the Certification Examination (CDM) for the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) and employment in the profession.

  • Establish and maintain a symbiotic relationship with dietetic professionals and healthcare institutions in the community.

Achievement of these goals is monitored through a multi-faceted, on-going process that includes the following stakeholders: administration, faculty, preceptors, students, graduates, employers and Advisory Committee.

An important aspect of the program is the practical experience. Students are placed in long-term care facilities and acute care hospitals. After completing designated coursework in preparation for the practical experience, students can observe and practice current principles of dietetic practice.

Program Outcomes
Students enrolled in the program will:

  • Successfully meet the requirements for Certificate in Dietary Management

  • Have individualized counseling provided by the program director, faculty supportive services and tutoring while enrolled.

  • Complete a minimum of 240 hours of supervised practical experience that is coordinated with classroom learning.

  • Be prepared to pass the Certification Examination for Dietary Managers.

Admission to Program

  • Apply to college

  • Complete separate application to the dietetics program

  • Admission to the program is limited to the availability of clinical sites

  • Students are admitted throughout the year based on meeting eligibility requirements and the date of application

Application Process
To apply for admission, a prospective student needs to: 

  • submit an application to the college and gain acceptance. You will receive a Student ID number.
  • Use this Student ID number to complete a separate application to the Allied Health Department (this is required to enroll in the Dietetics programs).
  • Admission to the Dietetic Technician Program is limited by the availability of clinical sites.
  • Applicants must have a C or better in one year of high school Algebra and Chemistry or the equivalent and be eligible for college-level course.
  • Students are accepted throughout the year based on meeting eligibility requirements and the date of the application.

Registering for classes
After review by the program director, prospective students will receive written notification of admission. Upon admission to the program, students are required to consult with the program director on course selection and registration. Written permission to register for dietetic program courses (courses with a DIT alpha code) must be provided each semester by the program director. This may be completed in person or via mail or email for students in Internet courses.


  • Completion of developmental courses if required by college Placement Test results. CCAC cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better

  • Act 33 and 34 clearance (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check)

Program Completion Requirements

  • Complete all course requirements in the Dietary Manager curriculum.

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.

  • Maintain a least a C grade in all program courses.

  • Students who receive more than one (1) D or F grade in a DIT course will be dismissed from the Dietetics Program.

Program Costs

  • Current college tuition and fees

    • Refer to CCAC Tuition & Fees Calculator for an estimated tuition amount.

    • Required books and supplies.

    • Transportation costs related to clinical sites

    • Fees associated with required medical evaluation, criminal check, child abuse clearances, lab and clinical clothing and other clinical site screens.

    • Expense related to obtaining a proctor for the ServSafe examination (Students at a Distance only)

For additional information including official program description, requirements, academic calendar, as well as, withdrawal and refund policies, see program details