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    Mar 22, 2019  
2014-2015 Gaston College Catalog 

Dietary Manager Certificate (C45310)

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CDM, CFPPs are experts at managing dietary operations, They are 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. They partner  with Registered Dietitians to understand and meet the basic nutritional needs of clients.

Employment opportunities include hospitals, correctional centers, nursing homes, public health agencies, schools, retirement centers, hospices, home care agencies, and commercial food service systems.

Course work includes content related to foodservice management, nutrition, and medical nutrition therapy, human resources, and food safety/sanitation.

The certificate program is one semester (16 weeks). There are two components to the certificate program: 1) internet-based learning and 2) supervised practice clinicals.

The internet-based learning includes a minimum of 120 hours of online classroom instruction, backed up by at least 150 hours of hands-on practice. Meaning - students complete their didactic education online plus complete their hours to field experience at the college with a clinical preceptor or in their local area with approved preceptors.

Students are eligible for student Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) membership. Upon completion of the required course work and 150 hours of field experience the graduate is eligible for the credentialing exam and active ANFP membership. For this purpose, student names/addresses will be sent to ANFP headquarters when students enroll in the program. A graduate list will be sent to ANFP headquarters within two weeks of graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate and perform effectively as a dietary manager to a diverse population.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to incorporate and apply the dietary guidelines in the provision of services to the general population.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of management principles required to deliver food and nutrition services.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to apply basic food preparation skills.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge to develop basic menus for conditions such as hypertension, obesity and cardiac.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge for nutrition screening for at-risk population.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge to gather basic nutrition assessment information to assist the registered dietitian.

Accreditation Agencies

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Headquarters
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606
800.877.1600 #47

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
800.877.1600, ext. 5400
Fax: 312.899.4817

Commission on Dietetic Registration
The Commission on Dietetic Registration is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. CDR also re-certifies Registered Dietitians (RD) and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR)

Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP)
406 Surrey Woods Dr.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tel: 800.323.1908
Fax: 630.587.6308

Admission Information

Admission to the general college does not guarantee admission to the Dietary Manager Certificate  Program. Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Dietary Manager Program MUST meet all Gaston College admission requirements for GENERAL ADMISSION to the college.

Additional Requirements

  1. Prior to entering the Dietary Manager Certificate Program, you should complete all developmental courses for reading, writing and math.
  2. Applicants must acknowledge that travel "out-of-service" areas may be required for clinical fieldwork.
  3. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better in the Dietary Manager Certificate Program.
  4. Applicants must have grades of "C" or better in the Dietary Manager Certificate Program.

Students Admitted to the Dietary Manager Certificate Program Must have

  1. Complete Compliance for Criminal Background Check, Fingerprint, and Drug Screen. In order to comply with current Student-Facility Affiliation Agreements and Gaston College's Compliance, students admitted into the Dietary Manager Certificate Program will be required to complete and follow the instruction of the Compliance Section in their packet. Students must have a successful Criminal Background Check, Fingerprint, and Drug Screen according to Gaston College procedures before being placed in a clinical facility. The facility reserves the right to deny the student access to the facility. If the student is denied access, the student will not be allowed to enroll in the program. Completion of clinical experience is required for the satisfactory completion of the certificate program. More information will be provided upon conditional acceptance into the certificate program.
  2. Complete CPR Certification: The student must be currently certified in Adult/Child/Infant (BLS) CPR. Students may take a local course at the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or take an online BLS CPR course at  or  Students must submit a copy of the CPR certification card prior to beginning the program.
  3. Complete a North Carolina Community College Student Medical Form documenting satisfactory emotional and physical health, immunizations, flu shot and TB Skin Test are required prior to beginning the program.
  4. Purchase a Dietary Manager Uniform. Uniform may be ordered at PRN Uniform, ( 1420 Costner School Road, Bessemer City, NC 28016 or by calling 704.922.9516.


Note: Criminal Background Check - Please click, I Want to Volunteer on the website. Be prepared to pay $24 at the time of submission with a Visa or MasterCard. Additional fees may apply if the student has resided in other states or used other names. The student will be given a code to go back into the program to access the search results. Allow at least 2-5 days for the search to be completed. The student must forward the results or code to the Compliance Specialist.

Note: Fingerprint Results - Please follow the instructions on Gaston College Website. (1) Obtain your fingerprint card from your local law-enforcement office; (2) Complete the FBI Applicant Information Form; (3) Obtain a money order or certified check payable to the Treasury of the United States for the cost of processing; and (4) Mail all documents to the FBI address given on the instruction sheet. The results will be mailed to you the student - you the student must forward the FBI report to the Compliance Specialist.

Note: Drug Screening - Please follow the student instructions in your packet. (1) Be prepared to prepay for the test ($36.00); (2) Report to a LabCorp site; (3) Present the "Collection Authorization Form" and a photo ID; and (4) Get a receipt. The results should be sent by fax (704.922.8943) or mail to the Compliance Specialist.

Gaston College
Attn: Compliance Specialist
David Belk Cannon Building, Room 159
201 Highway 321 South
Dallas, NC 28034
For further questions, please call 704.922.2275

Health Requirements

  1. Physical health is defined as being free of disabling or contagious disease, being able to perform fine and gross motor skills, and being able to perform normal weight-bearing activities.A completed health form documenting satisfactory emotional and physical health is required before entrance into the program. The due date for the health requirements will be announced by the Dietetic Programs Coordinator.
  2. Emotional health is defined as reacting appropriately to stressful situations, withstanding everyday environmental stresses with little difficulty, using healthy coping mechanisms, and understanding one's own ability to cope with stressful situations.                                                                    

Assessment of emotional health of applicants is made through the use of physical examinations, references, letters from psychiatrists or therapists if intensive therapy is in progress or has occurred, and psychological evaluations, if necessary.

Guidelines for Completing Immunization Record

IMPORTANT - The immunization requirements must be met; or according to N.C. law. The student will be withdrawn from classes without credit.

Acceptable Records of Your Immunizations May be Obtained from Any of the Following: (Be certain that your name, date of birth, and ID Number appear on each sheet and that all forms are mailed together. The records must be in black ink and the dates of vaccine administration must include the month, day, and year. Keep a copy for your records.)

  • High School Records - These may contain some, but not all of your immunization information. Contact Student Affairs for help if needed. The immunization records do not transfer automatically. The student must request a copy.
  • Personal Shot Records - Must be verified by a doctor's stamp or signature or by a clinic or health department stamp.
  • Local Health Department.
  • Military Records or WHO (World Health Organization Documents).
  • Previous College or University - The immunization records do not transfer automatically. The student must request a copy.



Students 17 Years of Age & Younger
DPT or Td1 Polio Measles2 Mumps4 Rubella4
3 3 3 1 1
Students Born in 1957 or later & 18 Years of Age or Older
DPT or Td1 Polio Measles2,3 Mumps4 Rubella4
3 0 2 1 1
Students Born Before 1957
DPT or Td1 Polio Measles Mumps Rubella4
Students 50 Years of Age & Older
DPT or Td1 Polio Measles Mumps Rubella
3 0 0 0 0
Vaccine Required

Vaccines are required according to age (refer to appropriate box). Additionally, International students are required to have a TB skin test and negative result within the 12 months preceding the first day of classes (chest x-ray required if test is positive).


  1. DPT (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria): One Td booster within the last ten years.
  2. Measles: One dose on or after 12 months of age; second at least 30 days later. Must repeat Rubeola (measles) vaccine if received even one day prior to 12 months of age. History of physician-diagnosed measles disease is acceptable, but must have signed statement from physician.
  3. Two measles doses if entering college for the first time after July 1, 1994.
  4. MMR: One dose on or after 12 months of age. Only laboratory proof if immunity to rubella or mumps disease is acceptable if the vaccine is not taken. History of rubella or mumps disease, even from a physician, is not acceptable.
  5. Varicella - there must be proof of two (2) doses OR a positive antibody titer (history of disease is not acceptable proof).
  6. The Hepatitis B Vaccine (recommended immunization) must be completed (series of three (3) injections) by the end of the spring semester, Freshman Year.


Note: Those students who do not pursue immunization of Hepatitis B will be required to sign a waiver releasing Gaston College and the Dietary Manager Certificate Program of any responsibility for the possibility of their contracting Hepatitis B.

Total Program Hours: 14


The courses taken in this certificate program may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Dietetic Technician.

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