2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Nutrition and Food Service Management

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): College of Business

Program Requirements

Nutrition and Food Service Management, Certificate Program Checksheet


  • Certificate Courses
  • Admission Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose the Nutrition and Food Service Management Certificate?

The Nutrition and Food Service Management certificate is specifically designed for individuals with a qualifying degree or background experience in the food service field to be prepared for the Certified Dietary Managers (CDM) exam.  The nationally-recognized credentialing exam is administered through the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).  The Ferris certificate is the only one in the State of Michigan that is approved by the ANFP.  The certificate 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 day care facilities.

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 course work covers exam topics related to nutritional practice that are outside the scope of normal day to day food service operations. As part of the certificate, students complete 150 hours of supervised clinical experience of which 25 hours are working directly with a Registered Dietitian. 

More Information

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

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Certificate Required Courses - 13 Credits

Orientation to Medical Vocabul
Nutrition for Healthy Living
Menu Planning for Healthcare
Nutrition Review & Compliance
HSMG Internship I
1 TO 3