Dietetic Programs

The Dietetic Programs at CCAC are looking for students excited about careers in food and nutrition who want to be an integral part of the health management team, involved in community or public health, or who might be seeking a career change to food management. You'll find the answer exploring our career options: Dietetic Technician, Registered / Dietary Manager. Classroom and online programs are available.

The Dietary Manager Program component of Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has a history dating to 1966. Initially, a Dietetic Assistant Certificate Program was developed in accordance with the recommendations of the American Dietetic Association (ADA, now AND, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) to meet the Federal regulations for Nursing Homes.

The initial approval in 1970 included options to complete the requirements for Dietetic Assistant or to obtain an Associate Degree in Science as a Dietetic Technician. Consistent with national organizational changes, CCAC changed the name of their program from Dietetic Assistant to Dietary Manager Program effective January 1985. Today students in the CCAC Dietetic Program have the option of a Certificate Program to meet requirements of the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) or an Associate Degree Program that meets requirements of both ANFP and the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND).


Number of Programs Offered: 2

Program Type: Associate and Certificate

Date of Last Review: The latest self-study review was held in 2020 for the Dietetic Technician Program, and the latest ANFP review was completed in 2021.

Date of Next Review: The next self-study will be held in January 2029 for the Dietetic Technician Program, and ANFP will be reviewed again in August 2026.

This Dietetic Technician Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 800-877-1600,

The Dietary Manager Program is approved by the ANFP.

For any questions regarding the program, please contact Miriam Wilson at


Middle States Accreditation

In addition to the accreditation by ACEN, CCAC's Dietetic program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Last Reaffirmation: 2018
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026

For more information, visit CCAC's institutional page.

Middle States Action Letter June 2017

Middle States Action Letter June 2018

Middle States Action Letter June 2019

Dietetic Technician, A.S. (590.3)

The Dietetic Technician program provides education in the field of dietetics, nutrition and management. The program prepares students for management positions in foodservice establishments, nursing homes and hospitals. In addition, students are prepared to work Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) in hospitals, nursing homes or providing nutrition education in community settings and in home health agencies. 

Dietary Manager Certificate (591.3)

This two-semester and one-summer session program prepares individuals for employment in health care, institutional foodservice and long-term care facilities.

Students are eligible for Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) Pre-Professional membership; graduates are eligible for the CDM credentialing exam and ANFP professional membership.

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Admission to Dietetics

The College has an open admissions process, supported by an online system. College Board scores and other entrance examinations are not required. Students are, however, required to take placement tests so that your academic advisor can help you select courses appropriate to your educational goals and background.

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Dietetic Programs Handbook 

This handbook contains information on all the required admissions standards for the Dietetic Programs, both as an Associates Degree and Certificate. 

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