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Dietary Manager Training

Dietary Manager Training Online

The Dietary Manager Pre-Certification (DMT) course from the University of Florida (UF) is approved by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP, formally Dietary Managers Association), this course is approved for correspondence and online. The DMT course has been serving students since 1972. Students who successfully complete our course and pass the credentialing exam from the ANFP are ready to begin a rewarding career as a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM).

Today our DMT course is bigger and better than ever. The course consists of four modules that include management, operation of a foodservice operation, nutrition and medical nutrition therapy.


If you are in the Gainesville area, you can come by our office at 2046 NE Waldo Road, Suite 1101 to register for our  courses and purchase your books in person.


The Dietary Manager Pre-Certification (DMT) course is a high-quality, self-paced, "hands-on," professional yet practical course that meets the needs of hospitals, extended-care facilities, and a variety of other foodservice operations. The DMT course consists of 175 hours of online classroom training and 174 hours of appropriately precepted field experiences or correspondence training and 174 hours of appropriately precepted field experiences. Each student must have a Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN) or Licensed Dietician (LD) agree to coordinate the entire course and to supervise 50 hours on nutrition and medical nutrition therapy, 25 of the 50 hours must be spent one-on-one.

The course has an open enrollment period so participants may enroll at any time and are allowed up to 18 months to complete the program.

Upon enrollment, students names and email address are uploaded to the ANFP (contact UF Professional Development if you do not want your information to be communicated). Enrolled students are eligible for Pre-Professional ANFP membership. Once a student successfully completes the UF course, they are eligible to join the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals as a professional member. Students earn a Certificate of Completion from the University of Florida when successfully completing the course. This course prepares students for the national ANFP Credentialing Board Examination. After a student passes the Certifying Board exam they are considered a "Certified Dietary Manager" and may use the initials CDM, CFPP.

The Dietary Manager course from the University of Florida trains students in all areas of foodservice operation, safety, sanitation HACCP environmental issues, finances, management, and nutrition and medical nutrition therapy.

Preceptor Requirements

Qualified Preceptors, for nutritional module of the course:

Preceptor must be a Registered Dietitian (RD) or a state approved Licensed Dietitian (LD) with one year of post-registration practitioner's competency. Preceptors are required to have completed one year of full-time employment prior to precepting students. Other modules of the course require: A Certified Dietary Manager (CDM), Dietary Technician Registered (DTR), or Licensed Dietitian (LD) with at least one year of experience. Submission of certification credentials is required at the time of enrollment: for LD, state license; for CDM, ANFP identification; for DTR, a copy of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics registration.

The student indicates their acceptance of the course policies by their original signature on the course application.

In an effort to assist you in your role, we offer an Optional Preceptor's Guide. Contact the Distance and Continuing Education Bookstore to purchase your copy today by calling 1-800-327-4218 or emailing


Ruby Parker Puckett

Ruby Parker Puckett is the Program Director and author of the Dietary Manager Training Program, a Professional certification, non-credit program. The National University Continuing Education Association has twice recognized the course as a Distinguished Independent Study Non-credit Course. Ms. Puckett has been a Director of Food and Nutrition Service departments in both profit and non-profit healthcare facilities. For 27 years, she was the Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Shands Hospital. She also has been a consultant in long-term facilities. She is an entrepreneur owning her own company for foodservice management consultants. Ms. Puckett is a published author having authored 12 books (several with coauthors) and published over 450 articles in magazines, newspapers and peer reviewed journals. She has 8-10 articles published annually. She also serves on three editorial boards. She has taught foodsystems management at a community college, and for undergraduate and graduate students. She coordinated and served as an instructor for dietetic interns for the management portion of their program.

Ruby's service and leadership is well known throughout the foodservice industry. The industry has honored her with the IFMA Silver Plate award for healthcare, Ivy award for restaurateur of the year, and a distinguished award from the Round Table of Women in Foodservice. Professional associations have bestowed many honors on Ms. Puckett for service and leadership in the profession. Some of the more notable ones include three awards from American Dietetic Association (ADA), including the Copher award the highest honor given annually to a dietitian. Management in Food and Nutrition Systems, a Practice Group of ADA established the Ruby Parker Puckett Leadership legacy award, the Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals Distinguished award for outstanding service, the Foodservice Consultant Society International the Robert Pacifico award for "Doing Well by Doing Good". The award is for years of service and unselfish leadership to the profession, the community, and religious activities.

She evaluated military foodservice for the Navy, Marines, and Air Force at selected bases world wide for excellence in overall foodservice awards. She presently serves on three boards of directors, including a financial institution. She is active in community affairs and her Church. 

Tuition & Textbooks


The tuition for this course is $395.00

Required Textbooks:

Title Author Edition ISBN Price (New)
Foodservice Manual for Health Care Institutions Ruby Puckett 4th 9780470583746 $117.00
Nutrition Concepts and Medical Nutrition Therapy Susan Davis Allen    0975347683 $120.00
Preceptor's Guide (optional textbook) Ruby Puckett 2013   $50.00

Credentialing Exam

The Certified Dietary Manager (CDM), Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP) Credentialing Exam is part of the competency assurance program for dietary managers. The credentialing exam is administered in an online format only, learn more at ANFP offer 16 dates to choose from during testing date windows in March and October


One pathway is through successful completion of UF's Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) approved program.

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Policies & Requirements

Withdrawal Policy

A tuition refund will be granted after written request for withdrawal from a course within 30 days of enrollment. This request must be in writing, and may be sent by fax, email, or U.S. mail. All requests will receive written responses. Refunds will be the amount of tuition, less a $25.00 processing charge. Allow four to six weeks for refund checks. No refunds are granted after 30 days.

Computer requirement 

There are minimum computer and software requirements for taking online classes at UF. e-Learning Services provides the following guidelines regarding browsers and internet connection,

  • Browser requirements: Google Chrome, Versions 20, 19, or 18. Mozilla Firefox, Versions 14, 13, or 12. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Versions 9, 8, or 7. Safari or other less known browsers are not supported by Sakai.
  • Internet Connection: A broadband Internet connection is strongly recommended. Slower connections should still be able to access e-Learning, but will take longer to load. A wired Ethernet connection is more dependable for test-taking than a wireless connection. Special Note about Satellite service: Some users with satellite Internet service may find their online courses do not load quickly or consistently due to satellite network design issues.
  • Review the UF's Policy on Student Computing Requirements