Schulenburg Campus - Dietary Manager’s Program

Dietary managers help plan and prepare nutritious meals for hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, and a host of other food service operations. With elevated skills gained from this program at Blinn College, you can earn a certificate that qualifies you for more advanced positions, better pay and increased long-term opportunities to continue your education and advancement in the food service industry. Our program is primarily designed for food service employees working in health care facilities who have leadership and management potential.

The program, approved by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP), is offered exclusively at the Schulenburg campus.

Blinn's respected certificate program is:
  • Guided by leaders in the industry.
  • Now available in a hybrid format.
  • Successful completion rates exceed online programs.
  • Known for preparing students to excel on certifying exams - pass rates are typically 100 percent.
About Blinn's Dietary Managers Program

As part of the certificate program, you'll complete 150 hours of classroom work, along with another 150 hours of on-the-job experience where you'll be supervised by a qualified specialist, called a preceptor. These specialist (licensed or registered dieticians) check assignments, evaluate your performance and write a letter of recommendation prior to the end of the course.

Class schedule and attendance

The course is divided into three separate sessions; successful completion of all three is necessary to receive the certificate. (This is not a sanitation certificate.) You may start the course at any session (listed below), but you must start the class at the beginning of the session.

Medical Nutrition Therapy - begins in Jan.

Managing Food Service Operations - begins in May

Food Safety for Dietary Managers - begins in Sept.

The class meets two days a month, for one year. Attendance is mandatory and you'll only be allowed to miss two days for the entire course. A solid educational foundation is necessary to successfully complete the course requirements. Having your high school diploma or a GED is recommended before you begin the program.

Professional certification

Students are eligible for student ANFP membership. Graduates will meet the state of Texas requirements to act as a Dietary Manager in a licensed nursing facility, and will be eligible to sit for the ANFP Certified Dietary Manager Exam to become a CDM and qualify for full ANFP membership.

Meet the Faculty

Registration Form

Textbook order form

Dietary Manager’s Program Frequently Asked Questions

Is this an approved course?
Yes!  The Dietary Manager’s Program at Blinn College, Schulenburg Campus has been fully approved by the Association of Nutrition & Food Service Professionals (ANFP).  You will find us listed under Traditional Classroom Courses on their website

What time do I have to be in class?
Class begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. and breaks for lunch.  Class usually ends between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.

What should I bring to class?
Bring the required textbook, pen or pencil, and paper or spiral notebook to take notes.  Some students find a highlighter very helpful.

I’m driving several hours to come to class and need to spend the night.  Is there a convenient place to stay in Schulenburg?
Yes.  There are three hotels within sight of the Schulenburg exit of IH-10, all are less than two miles from campus.  This is the link to the Greater Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce   where you will find information on the area hotels and lots of helpful information.

Can you give me directions to the Schulenburg Campus?

  • From the Schulenburg exit of IH-10, go south on Rt. 77, through two stop lights and under the railroad underpass.  Turn left on to either Black Street or South Street.  Cross two residential intersections and you will see the Blinn College – Schulenburg Campus.
  • Driving north on Rt. 77 from Hallettsville, turn right on either South Street or Black Street.  Cross through two residential intersections and you will see the Blinn – Schulenburg Campus.

I don’t have a credit card, how can I get the books I need for class?
Print and complete the form for Textbook Order using check.  Mail with check or money order to:  ANFP 406 Surrey Woods Drive, St. Charles, IL  60174

Related Links


  • Schulenburg Campus