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Certified Dietary Manager Program


Fontbonne University, a Catholic coeducational institution of higher learning sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition.  The university is dedicated to the discovery, understanding, preservation and dissemination of truth.  Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in an atmosphere characterized by a commitment to open communication, personal concern and diversity.  Fontbonne University seeks to educate students to think critically, to act ethically and to assume responsibility as citizens and leaders.


Goal and Outcomes:

To educate dietary managers to think critically and act ethically while assuming responsibility in the foodservice industry.

To enable students to have access to a face-to-face classroom opportunity in the Metro St. Louis Area.

To enhance student skill sets to enable them to enhance the quality of life for residents, patients or clients they will serve.

The program has both classroom and field experience components.  The field experience is appropriately precepted and has a required minimum of 150 hours.  Students are eligible for Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) student membership and graduates are eligible for the credentialing exam and active ANFP membership.  A Registered Dietitian must directly supervise a minimum of 25 of the 50 nutrition related field experience hours and coordinate the entire 150 hours. The CDM program will be housed in the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences which has a Dietetics program that has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

This course is a non-credit continuing education course, the first of its kind at our university.  Students will apply only to take the course and will not be enrolled in the traditional system.  The application and payment will be processed through the accounting system.

It is required that a student entering the program have a high school diploma or equivalent.  Those that do not hold either of these will be referred to local sites what provide GED certificates.

There is no admission test required for this program.

Students will utilize the Fontbonne University library, class syllabus, classroom resource library and computers at their sites to help support their learning needs.

We commit ourselves to creatively responding to the educational goals of the diverse, adult student population by providing excellent customer service in collaboration with cooperating facilities while maintaining the integrity of the Certified Dietary Manager program and the policies of Fontbonne University.

9 month, certificate program, cost $1295


Mary Beth Ohlms, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.

Faculty members teaching:

Jeffrey R. Goldone
Joann Augsberger Jana, R.D., L.D.

View the Certified Dietary Manager Program brochure below or download the PDF here.