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Dietary Manager Training

6-Steps to Registration:

  1. Review the program information. (Tuition is $425.00 books are not included).
  2. We recommend you check with your organization to see if they will either fund or reimburse your professional development.
  3. Review the requirements of an accepted preceptor.
  4. Meet your RDN, or LD to ensure they are willing to be your preceptor and provide them a copy of the Preceptors Agreement.
  5. Click “Register Now” to complete the registration process.
    • Download step-by-step instructions on using the registration system by clicking here. Also , remember to order your textbooks.
    • You can also register by mail
  6. We will email you a welcome letter outlining how to access the online course. (Online students only)


About our Dietary Manager Program

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 or correspondence training and 174 hours of appropriately precepted field experiences. Each student must have a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Licensed Dietitian (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.


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Program Director: 

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 food systems 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 worldwide for excellence in overall foodservice awards. She presently serves on three boards of directors, including a financial institution, and stays active in community affairs.