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Barton offers many different options for students who are interested in diet and nutrition including:

  • Dietary Manager Certificate
  • Associate in Science with emphasis in pre-dietetics or dietary management
  • Seamless transfer to a Bachelor of Science program in Dietetics, Nutrition and Health, or Technology Management at Kansas State University

CMS Finalizes New Long Term Care Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final regulations for long-term care facilities and the CDM is listed first amongst qualifications for the newly designated Director of Food and Nutrition Services.

According to the requirements, individuals who are currently employed as the designated Director of Food and Nutrition Services prior to November 28, 2016 will have five years to meet the staffing requirements and individuals hired after November 28, 2016 will have no later than one year to meet these staffing requirements.

Read the full article on the ANFP website.

Barton Community College is an ANFP approved training program and pathway to obtain the CDM, CFPP credential. See information below about our Dietary Manager Certificate Program and how to get started.

Dietary Manager Certificate (16 credit hours)

Dietary Managers (CDM, CFPP) specialize in providing optimum nutrition care through foodservice management in hospitals, long-term care, schools, correctional facilities and other non-commercial foodservice settings.

  • Courses in sanitation, foodservice management, nutrition, and human resource management. (ONLY online.)
  • Program offers 120 hours of classroom studies and 150 hours of field experience.
  • Students must be authorized by a healthcare facility and Registered Dietitian to complete the field experience. Field experience materials are offered online, but actual field experience hours must be completed in a local healthcare facility.
  • Students are eligible for the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) student membership.
  • Students must submit a high school transcript or GED diploma to complete the certificate; documentation is required at the time of application.
  • Students completing the certificate are eligible to take the national certification exam and become an active member of ANFP.

Please review the Program Handbook for more information.

To get started follow these step-by-step instructions, or see below.

Students must successfully complete all six DIET courses to graduate from the dietary manager program. Didactic courses are taken concurrently with the matching field experience course. Program approval is provided by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals, 406 Surrey Woods Dr., St. Charles, IL 60174, (800) 323-1908.

Students completing the dietary manager certificate program are eligible to immediately enter the Associate in Science (AS) degree program and have the opportunity to transfer to a Bachelor of Science program.

Curriculum Guides

Dietary Manager Certificate

If you have more questions, see FAQ.

Associate in Science with an Emphasis in Pre-Dietetics or Dietary Management

  • Coursework in general education and life sciences to meet associate degree requirement and provide a foundation for the bachelor degree.
  • Dietary management emphasis includes dietary manager courses. AS may transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics or Technology Management for those with business interest.
  • Pre-dietetics emphasis is offered for those who are new to the field of dietetics or do not meet the field experience requirement. This emphasis is also set up for transfer to the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics.

Associate in Science Degree – Emphasis in Dietary Management 
Associate in Science Degree - Pre-dietetics

Associate in Science 
Associate in Science Degree - Nutrition and Health

Barton-Kansas State University (KSU) Partnership

The dietetics program at Kansas State University (KSU) is recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of its graduates. By utilizing multimedia delivery systems, KSU offers professional courses for the dietetics degree program via distance education. Articulation agreements have been formed between Barton and KSU guaranteeing a students seamless transition from each academic program and between the institutions. Each segment of the program is designed to build upon the other.

Before applying to the K-State Dietetics program, out of state students should read the disclosure requirements related to authorization to offer distance education courses and programs within your state of residence, as each state is unique.  Visit KSU Dietetics for more information.

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

  • The Associate in Science degree from Barton fulfills the first two year requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics offered by Kansas State University.
  • Seamless articulation agreement to ensure that students are taking the correct courses for transfer.
  • Academic advising for students at both Barton and KSU.

The didactic program in dietetics (DPD) meets the academic requirements set forth by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Upon completion of the didactic program, students must apply and be accepted into an accredited dietetic internship to qualify to take the national examination to become a Registered Dietitian.

Registered Dietitians (RD) are professionals who translate the science of food and nutrition to enhance the well-being of individuals and groups.

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics – Dietary Management 
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics - Pre-dietetics

For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, contact Karla Girard, Dietetics Distance Education Coordinator at (785) 532-5664 or

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health

The nutrition and health curriculum at KSU includes emphasis on health promotion, as well as human nutrition. Health nutritionists develop community programs to promote nutrition and good health; educate people about the relationship between diet and health; conduct research on the psychological, cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental issues related to nutrition and health; or work with special groups who are at risk for nutrition-related health problems, such as pregnant women, infants, and the elderly. Opportunities are available with local health departments, community wellness programs, and agencies involved in international development.

  • Associate in Science degree fulfills the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health offered by KSU.
  • Seamless articulation agreement to ensure that students are taking the correct courses for transfer.
  • Academic advising for students at both Barton and KSU
  • This bachelor degree does not meet the academic requirements needed to become a Registered Dietitian.
  • Degree is available to residents in all 50 states.

Associate of Science Pre-Nutrition and Health and Bachelor of Science Nutrition and Health

Bachelor of Science in Technology Management

KSU offers a Technology Management degree which provides a solid understanding of the fundamental areas in management, finance, accounting, business, and marketing. This degree is designed for students who have completed the A.S. degree in Dietary Management program at Barton and would like to or must pursue a Bachelor's degree in a business related area. The curriculum is designed to prepare the student for the diverse environment of the business world as it relates to dietary management. By combining a technical area of concentration with advanced business studies, you can be a professional who has practical leadership skills to move forward in business.

Bachelor of Science Degree – Technology Management

For more information on this degree, contact Jennifer Pfortmiller at (620) 786-1188,

Getting Started

How to Get Started:

  1. Submit your Admissions Application
  2. If applicable, apply for Financial Aid at If you have questions contact
  3. If needed, send an official copy of high school/GED diploma and previous college transcripts to Barton
  4. Enroll at

Why Barton?

  • Flexibility
    • Lecture courses available 100% online and offered at anytime, day or night.
    • Dietary manager field experience courses may be completed at current work facility.
    • Financial aid available for all programs for eligible students.
  • Convenient
    • Online, no driving or set course times.
    • Achieve educational goals while still working in the field.
    • Enroll for all courses at
  • Support that includes an online orientation.
  • Smooth transition from certificate to degrees.
  • Existing relationship with Kansas State University for over eight years

Occupational Outlook

  • Foodservice manager jobs are expected to grow 2% through 2022. Job opportunities will increase due to growth as well as the need to replace managers as they leave the occupation.
  • Median annual earnings of salaried Certified Dietary Managers were $42,510 in October 2012.
  • Employment of dietitians is expected to increase 21% through 2022 with job growth resulting from an increasing emphasis on disease prevention through improved dietary habits.
  • Median annual earnings for dietitians were $55,240 in May 2012.

Source: 2012 ANFP salary and benefit survey and 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook