Dietary Manager Program

The Dietary Manager Program at Auburn University is a self-paced, non-credit certificate program that you can complete at home, on your own time. This means that you can maintain a job while working towards completion of the program. Those who are highly motivated and organized will best succeed in the program.

In order to complete the program, students must finish 171.5 didactic hours and 236 on-the-job experience hours for a total of 39 CEU’s. A Registered Dietitian (RD) will serve as a Clinical Instructor and home assignments must be submitted via email, fax, or mail for grading by an Auburn University trained RD grader. Please note: CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for the Dietary Manager’s Program can only be obtained by students who are completing the Auburn Dietary Manager Program and not already certified by the ANFP (Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professional). These CEUs are not available to Certified Dietary Managers to maintain their certification.

The program is designed for use by food service employees in the health-care field, particularly those in nursing home and hospital food service organizations. It has also been used successfully by food service employees in correctional facilities, public schools, and other institutional settings which include the provision of patient care.

The program was authored by Dr. Robin Fellers, Associate Professor at Auburn University.

Quick Facts about the Program
  • 171.5 instructional Hours
  • 236 on-the-job experience
  • 39 CEU’s earned
  • 24 months to complete, but can be completed within 6 months
  • Correspondence by mail
  • Independent Study
  • Work at your own pace
A Message from the Program Director

Welcome to the Auburn University Dietary Managers Program! The program is a nationallyTim Roberts accredited correspondence program providing foodservice professionals in institutional foodservice such as healthcare, school nutrition, and corrections a quality education.  An individual who successfully completes the Auburn DM Program is eligible to become a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) by passing a credentialing exam administered by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).  We are proud of all of our graduates who have advanced their careers by becoming Certified Dietary Managers.

A major strength of the program is our friendly experienced staff and RD instructors/graders that have the expertise to facilitate your success in completing the program.  Currently enrolled students as well as graduates often comment on the prompt assistance they received while enrolled the program.

After navigating our website, I hope that you will enroll in our program and join us as we move forward.  I truly appreciate your interest in the Auburn University Dietary Managers Program.

Sincerely,
Tim Roberts, PhD, RD, LD
Program Director

Topics of Study at a Glance
  • Healthcare Facility Management
  • Principles of Food Production and Quality
  • Procurement in Food Service: Purchasing and Receiving
  • Food Storage Practices and Procedures
  • Food Production Service and Distribution
  • Food Safety
  • Personal and Facility Safety in Food Service
  • Basic Nutrition
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy: Modified Diets
  • Production and Quality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Management
Program Cost and Fees
Service or Item Cost or Fee (one time)*
Program Tuition $550.00
Modules (course materials) and MP3 CDs included in tuition cost
Program Textbooks Foodservice Management – by Design, ISBN: 0-9825884-3-7 (2015).

Nutrition Fundamentals and Medical Nutrition Therapy, ISBN: 0-9825884-4-4 (2015).

Textbook orders and payments should be made directly to ANFP. You can purchase textbooks online at http://www.anfponline.org. If you have any questions, you can contact ANFP at 1-800-323-1908.
1 year extension $195
Student replacement $150 plus $15 per lesson previously submitted
Special exam arrangements after course deadline $95
Replacement Certificate $25
Auburn University's Dietary Manager Scholarship
  • The Dietary Manager Program offers two scholarships annually to a prospective student who meets all application requirements and demonstrates financial need. The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, but the student is still expected to purchase all course textbooks and materials. For more details about the scholarship and to apply, please download the DM Scholarship application.
Online Enrollment

The application packet consists of:

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Please note: In order to complete the processing of your online-registration, be sure to check the box to sign a copy of the Enrollment agreement electronically. You will also need to have your Clinical Instructor and Facility Administrator forms completed, and signed. The appropriate forms can be found under the 'Application' tab. When complete, the forms will need to be faxed to 334-844-3101 or emailed to dietmgr@auburn.edu. In addition, your Clinical Instructor will also need to submit a copy of their registration card. This information can be faxed to 334-844-3101 or emailed to dietmgr@auburn.edu. Processing of the application will be suspended until we received all submissions. Upon completion of the enrollment process your welcome package will be sent to you via email. If you do not have email access, this package will be mailed to you, upon request.

Text book orders and payment should be made directly to the ANFP. Textbook orders can be made online at www.anfponline.org or by calling 800-323-1908.

Last Updated: February 3, 2017