Frequently Asked Questions

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General Dietetic Education Program

  1. When and where are classes held?
  2. How do I register for classes?
  3. For online courses are there specific times I need to login?
  4. How long does it take to complete the certificate program?
  5. I do not live near your college campus. How do I complete the ServSafe course?
  6. How much does each certificate/degree cost?
  7. Can I enroll in all the required courses for a certificate/degree at one time?
  8. Do you offer the Diabetes Care and Education Certificate for out-of-state students?
  9. What kind of job can I find as a Certified Dietary Manager?
  10. What is the salary range for a Certified Dietary Manager?
  11. Which certificate or degree requires an Internship?
  12. I have a four-year degree, do I qualify to take the CDM/CFPP credentialing exam?
  13. How do I apply for graduation?

FAQ Dietetic Technician AAS degree



    • When and where are classes held?
      Online and traditional on campus classes are offered on a semester basis (fall, spring, and summer). The majority of classes start at the beginning of the semester; the Dietetic Education and Culinary Arts also offers Late Start Classes.

      Fast Paced College classes are offered throughout the State of Arizona in a variety of ways (i.e., two-day, three-day, weekend sessions etc.). Classes are intensive and require students to come prepared. After students are registered, they receive a confirmation letter with class preparation instructions.

    • How do I register for classes?
      Click on Class Schedules/Registration.

    • For online courses are there specific times I need to login?
      You may access your online class any day/time. You must complete your coursework/assignments by the deadlines specified by your instructor.

    • How long does it take to complete a certificate?
      The time to complete is dependent upon your pace. Estimated time:

    Dietary Manager Training Program: 3 semesters part-time
    Diabetes Care and Education Certificate: 3 semesters part-time
    Community Nutrition Worker Certificate: 3 semesters part-time

    • I do not live near your college campus. How do I complete the ServSafe course?
      Students that cannot come to the CAC campus to take the exam, may take CUL105 Food Safety Foundations (1 cr.). ServSafe courses are offered online/hybrid. Students meet via our web-based online environment (Blackboard) and the classes end with a national exam held on campus.  

    • How much does each certificate/degree  cost?
      2012-2013 in-state estimated tuition cost (books not included):

      Dietetic Technician AAS estimated cost

      Dietary Manager Training Program $1225.00
      Community Nutrition Worker $1080.00
      Diabetes Self Management $1152.00
    • Can I enroll in all required courses for a certificate/degree at one time?
      Full-time students typically enroll in 12-17 credits. Part time students enroll in 6-9 credits. Enroll in the amount of credits that you think you can manage. Many courses have pre-requisites which must be taken into consideration before registering for classes.

    • Do you offer the Diabetes Care and Education Certificate for out-of-state students?
      Yes, classes are offered online.

    • What kind of job can I find as a Certified Dietary Manager?
      The field is constantly expanding, and dietary managers are in demand nationwide. We suggest that you visit the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP)website http://www.anfponline.org and http://www.cdmcareer.info

    • What is the salary range for a Certified Dietary Manager?
      You can find information about salaries at the following websites: http://www.anfponline.org and http://www.cdmcareer.info

    • Which certificate or degree requires an Internship?
      The Dietary Manager Training Program requires NTR196 (3-credit Internship. The Dietetic Techncian AAS degree requires NTR296 (6 credit Internship).

    • I have a four-year degree, do I qualify to take the CDM/CFPP credentialing exam?
      There are four ways to qualify:
      - Completing a ANFP-approved dietary manager training program.
      - Two-year or four-year degree in foodservice management, nutrition, or culinary arts.
      - Combination of training and experience.
      - Related to military training.

      Details about how to qualify are on the
      Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals website.


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