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Nutrition and Food Service Management

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose Nutrition and Food Service Management

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nutrition in Food Service Management prepares students to become Certified Dietary Managers (CDM).  CDMs work together with registered dietitians to provide quality nutritional care for clients. They perform routine nutritional screening, calculate nutrient intake, identify nutrition problems, implement diet plans and carry out all aspects of food service management.  The degree program was developed in direct response to the need for more CDMs in the growing health care field.  CDMs are typically employed in areas such as assisted living, long term care, rehabilitation centers, acute care, and daycare facilities. Earning the CDM designation would be beneficial to anyone pursuing a career in the health care field, or food service industry, where knowledge of nutrition, allergens, weight loss, and therapeutic diets would be useful. Throughout their studies, students have the opportunity to earn professional certifications, such as ServSafe and First Aid/CPR, as a part of their required courses.

The nationally-recognized CDM credentialing exam is administered through the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).  The Ferris degree program is the only one in the State of Michigan that is approved by the ANFP.  The curriculum provides students with content knowledge that corresponds directly to the topics covered by the exam.  As part of the degree program, students complete 150 hours of supervised clinical experience of which 25 hours are working directly with a Registered Dietitian.  Students may complete the degree at the main campus or Grand Rapids location.

The AAS in Nutrition and Food Service Management easily ladders into a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in the Hospitality Management with Specialized Management Concentration

Career Opportunities

Certified Dietary Managers are in high demand in the rapidly growing healthcare field with positions available in: hospitals, long term care, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, senior communities, health clubs, and more. 

Admission Requirements

New Students: 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two of the three criteria below: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT Writing score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Math score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Reading score of 430 or higher.

Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Transfer equivalency for FSU's ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70 – 100. Transfer equivalency for FSU's MATH 115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46 - 74 and high school Algebra with 2.0.

Exceptions for New and Transfer Students: Applicants not meeting the above criteria but having a 2.35 high school GPA and at least a 16 ACT in math and reading and a 13 ACT in english (2.00 overall GPA for transfer students) can be considered for conditional admission in the COB Pre-Business program (PBUS), Pre-Professional Tennis Management (PPTM), Pre-Marketing (PMKT), or Pre-Hospitality Management (PHMT). Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business dean’s office.

Pre-program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA; courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into their program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits.

More Information:

Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major, and overall.

More Information

Hospitality Programs
West Commons 106
1319 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2382

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Nutrition and Food Service Major Courses - 29 Credits Required

Sanitation and Safety
Principles of Cooking & Baking
Purchasing for F&B Operations
Hospitality Cost Controls
HSMG Internship I
1 TO 3
Orientation to Medical Vocabul
Nutrition for Healthy Living
Menu Planning for Healthcare
Nutrition Review & Compliance
Health Care Supervisory Pract

Required Business Courses - 6 Credits Required

Princ. of Financial Accounting
Applied Management

University General Education

Communication Competence:
Choose One COMM course:
Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
English 1
Choose One ENGL course:
Industrial and Career Writing
English 2
Scientific Understanding:
Lab Science Elective
Quantitative Skills
Quantitative Reason for Pro 2
Intermediate Algebra
Cultural Enrichment
Cultural Enrichment Elective
Social Awareness
Principles of Macroeconomics
General Education Elective
Minimum credit hours required for A.A.S. degree: