DURING THE 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR THE DSS CERTIFICATE WILL BE CHANGED TO COMPLY WITH NEW FEDERAL REGULATIONS INTO A NATIONALLY ACCREDITED, DIETARY MANAGER PROGRAM.
Please click on Orientation Sessions on the left side of this page to attend a meeting and get more information about our new program.
Our new certificate program prepares the student to take the exam to become a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM). As a CDM, one will be working under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian in long- term care facilities, would schedule and supervise the food service employees, order food, screen newly admitted patients for chewing and swallowing needs, meet with other health care team members to discuss issues related to the food intake of the residents, and be familiar with all positions within that department. The CDM is also qualified to work in food service for assisted-living, acute care or adult day care centers.
The certificated program is a 13.5 unit program which can be completed in 1 and a half years for full-time students and is in the process of becoming an approved program by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). All required classes must be completed at Mesa College within 5 years. Our certificate program has both classroom and field experience. The field experience is comprised of 175 hours of which a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist directly supervises 25-27 nutrition related field hours and coordinates the entire 175 hours. The field experience is completed after all coursework has been done. Students must achieve a "C" in all their coursework to continue in the program.
While students attend our program they are eligible and encouraged to join ANFP's Pre-Professional membership. Upon graduating and taking the CDM exam, they are eligible for ANFP professional membership.
Our program is currently in the process of being accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. We hope to earn this accreditation by the end of May, 2018.
It is highly recommended that if English is your second language, you enroll in Allied Health 048, 2 units. It is very important that you can clearly speak, read & write and understand English in the health care environment.
The following are the required classes in the new Dietary Manager Certificate (DMC). These classes will not become available until fall 2018:
Nutrition 060, Food Operations in Healthcare Management: 4 units
Nutrition 050, Introduction to Dietetic Services in Healthcare: 3 units
CBTE 151, Microsoft Access: Basics: 1 unit
Nutrition 055, Principles of Cooking in Healthcare Food Services: 2 units
Nutrition 092, Directed Clinical Practice: 3.5 units
Directed Clinical Practice (NUTR 091)
Any student who has completed the required classes for the DSS certificate and is
ready to enroll in Nutr 091 spring 2017, MUST email Dr. DuPraw at: firstname.lastname@example.org and you must attend the following mandatory meeting:
Students who are planning to enroll in the Directed Clinical Practice for fall, 2017 must attend a MANDATORY MEETING on Sept. 13, 2017 (Wed) from 12:45-1:45 pm in S-305 of the Allied Health bldg. Please
RSVP Dr. Christine DuPraw at: email@example.com so that a space can be reserved for