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Dietetic Services Supervisor/Dietary Manager Certificate (13181.CN)

School of Agriculture and Industrial Technology

The Foods and Nutrition Department at Merced College offers students a foundation and some specialty courses for their career in Foods and Nutrition. The curriculum provides diverse coursework that satisfies the needs of Dietetic Service Supervisory Level, food service management as well as those seeking a career with healthcare, public health programs as well as the restaurant field. Childcare programs, nursing and allied health majors benefit as well from the diverse variety of coursework.

The Dietetic Services Supervisor/Dietary Manager Program prepares students for entry level management in a food service department. This program fulfills the required training for supervisory positions in acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, acute psychiatric hospitals, intermediate care facilities and school food service. The Merced College Dietetic Services Supervisor/Dietary Manager Program is approved by the California Department of Public Health.

Upon satisfactory completion(a minimum grade of a “C” (or P) is required in all courses) of the 17-unit core listed below, students meet the California Department of Public Health certification licensing requirements for Dietetic Service Supervisor. Earning the Dietetic Service Supervisor Certificate with appropriate work experience may allow the student to take the Certified Dietary Manager’s Exam.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

A. Demonstrates ability to provide safe, satisfying, and nutritionally adequate food for patients/customers with attention to available resources.

B. Apply supervisory skills in a food service setting including the ability to train in food safety, participate in quantity meal production and create menus for special populations.

Visit the Program Mapper for more information on when to take classes and career information.

Program Requirements:

Program Core: (17 Units)


NUTR-20 Principles of Foods


NUTR-25 Introduction to Nutrition and Food Careers


NUTR-37 Nutrition and Food Service Supervised Field Experience


NUTR-40 Food Service Management


NUTR-42 Food Production Management


NUTR-44 Food Safety and Sanitation


NUTR-45 Introduction to Therapeutic Diets


Total: (17 Units)

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Contact Information


Bryan Tassey


(209) 384-6250

School Office

AGIT Office


(209) 381-6478

Nutrition and Foods Website