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

Certified Dietary Manager

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. Learn more about the Dietary Manager Certificate.

CDM, CFPP and Degree

This is an option for those interested in becoming a CDM, CFPP first and then wanting an associate’s degree. In this option you may transfer to a bachelor’s program, including a dietetics program to potentially become a Registered Dietitian. Learn more about the Dietary Management emphasis.

Registered Dietitian 

Registered Dietitians (RD) are professionals who translate the science of food and nutrition to enhance the well-being of individuals and groups. Learn more about the Pre-Dietetics emphasis

Nutrition and Health 

 This emphasis can lead to opportunities in public health and wellness, such as working with health departments, leading community wellness program, and conducting research on health issues. Learn more about the Nutrition and Health emphasis.

ANFP Logo - Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals**New CMS Requirement**  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final regulations for long-term care facilities and the CDM, CFPP is listed first amongst qualifications for the newly designated Director of Food and Nutrition Services. Read the full article on the ANFP website

Dietary Manager Certificate Program 

  • Approved training program through the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) 
  • 16 credit hour online program to help prepare you for certification as a dietary manager
  • Can be completed in as little as one semester but recommendation is 2-3 semesters
  • Courses in sanitation, foodservice management, nutrition, and human resource management. (ALL online)
  • Program offers 120 hours of classroom studies and 180 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 CDM, CFPP national certification exam and become an active member of ANFP.

Please review the FAQ and Program Handbook for more information.

See below for more information on getting started

Associate in Science with an Emphasis in Dietary Management

  • Coursework in general education and life sciences to meet associate degree requirement and provide a foundation for the bachelor degree.
  • This emphasis includes dietary manager courses so you can obtain your CDM, CFPP credential first and then transfer to a Bachelor’s program, including a dietetics program to become a Registered Dietitian.
  • Partnership with Kansas State University:
    • 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.
    • All courses offered online
    • Academic advising for students at both Barton and K-State.
    • View 2+2 Curriculum below

See below for more information on getting started!

Associate in Science with an Emphasis in Pre-Dietetics

  • Coursework in general education and life sciences to meet associate degree requirement and provide a foundation for the bachelor degree.
  • Program set up for transfer to a Bachelor of Science program in Dietetics
  • Partnership with Kansas State University:
    • 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.
    • All courses offered online
    • Academic advising for students at both Barton and K-State
    • View 2+2 Curriculum below

See below for more information on getting started!

Associate in Science with an Emphasis in Nutrition and Health

  • Coursework in general education and life sciences to meet associate degree requirement and provide a foundation for the bachelor degree.
  • Partnership with Kansas State University:
    • The Associate in Science degree from Barton fulfills the first two year requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health offered by Kansas State University.   
      • Note: this bachelor degree does not meet the academic requirements needed to become a Registered Dietitian.
    • Seamless articulation agreement to ensure that students are taking the correct courses for transfer.
    • All courses offered online
    • Academic advising for students at both Barton and K-State.
    • View 2+2 Curriculum below

See below for more information on getting started!

Barton - Kansas State University (K-State) Partnership

The dietetics program at Kansas State University (K-State) is recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of its graduates. By utilizing multimedia delivery systems, K-State offers professional courses for the dietetics degree program via distance education. Articulation agreements have been formed between Barton and K-State guaranteeing a student’s 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 K-State Dietetics for more information.

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.

Admission into the Kansas State University didactic program requires a B or better grade in all science classes and a lifetime GPA of 3.0 or better.

For more information on any Barton/K-State 2+2 programs, contact Jennifer Pfortmiller at (620) 786-1188 or jdunn@k-state.edu.

Curriculum Guides

Dietary Manager Certificate 
Associate in Science Degree – Emphasis in Dietary Management 
Associate in Science Degree - Pre-dietetics 
Associate in Science Degree - Nutrition and Health 

K-State Partnership Curriculum Guides (2+2)

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics – Dietary Management 
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics - Pre-dietetics 
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health 

Getting Started

How to Get Started:

  1. Submit your Admissions Application and indicate your program of interest
  2. If applicable, apply for Financial Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you have questions contact financialaid@bartonccc.edu.
  3. Send an official copy of high school/GED diploma and previous college transcripts to Barton
  4. Enroll at www.BARTonline.org.

Why Barton?

  • Flexibility
    • Lecture courses available 100% online and offered at any time - 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 www.BARTonline.org.
  • Support
    •  Academic advising and an online orientation.
  • Opportunity
    • Smooth transition from certificate to degrees.
    • Existing relationship with Kansas State University for over ten 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 $42,761 in 2015.
  • 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: 2015 ANFP salary and benefit survey and 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook