Nutrition and Food Service Management

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Program Code: 1607

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Morningside Campus

Email: healthstudies@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8068

The Nutrition and Food Service Management program at Centennial College is the longest established two-year program of its sort in the Greater Toronto Area.

The offering has been the recipient of numerous awards for its approach to preparing students to pursue challenging careers as managers in the dynamic and growing health care and food service industry. The Nutrition and Food Service Management program has received the Centennial College President's Academic Program Recognition awards for Preparation for Job Market, Student Satisfaction, Graduate Satisfaction, Employer Satisfaction and Quality of The Learning Experience.

In the School of Community and Health Studies, you learn to combine food service administration and health care to interpret and apply nutritional needs and principles to promote health and manage a food service department effectively. Covered are topics such as:

  • Nutrition
  • Food service
  • Safety and sanitation
  • Accounting
  • Human resource management
  • Financial management
  • Menu planning
  • Large quantity cooking
  • Menu design applications
  • Medical nutrition therapy

The Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM) accredits the Nutrition and Food Service Management program. You will be eligible for membership in the CSNM and the Ontario Society of Nutrition Management. CSNM membership is a requirement of Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to work in a long-term care facility and many acute care facilities. As such, you will be fully prepared with specialized knowledge and eligible to work in health care.

With the growing aging population, there is a vast interest in proper nutrition and health to meet the demands of the health care industry.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
NFSM-100 Principles of Sanitation, Safety and Hygiene Morningside Campus
NFSM-101 Introduction to Computing Morningside Campus
NFSM-105 Kitchen Production Progress Campus
NFSM-108 Introduction to Food Services Morningside Campus
NFSM-109 Nutrition 1 Morningside Campus
NFSM-117 Mathematics for Food Service Management Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus
NFSM-110 Nutrition 2 Morningside Campus
NFSM-112 Food Properties Analysis Progress Campus
NFSM-115 Purchasing for the Food Services Industry Morningside Campus
NFSM-201 Communications and Interprofessional Approaches in Health Care and Food Services Morningside Campus
NFSM-208 Food Service Accounting Morningside Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
NFSM-202 Organizational Behaviour in Food Services Morningside Campus
NFSM-206 Medical Nutrition Therapy Morningside Campus
NFSM-207 Facilities Planning and Design Morningside Campus
NFSM-210 Marketing and Merchandising for Food Services Operations Morningside Campus
NFSM-211 Supervision Practices Progress Campus
NFSM-223 Food Services Systems Management Morningside Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
NFSM-203 Human Resources Management in Food Services Morningside Campus
NFSM-213 Recipe Development and Costing Progress Campus
NFSM-216 Health Care Menu Planning Morningside Campus
NFSM-217 Field Placement Morningside Campus
NFSM-219 Professional Practice Seminar Morningside Campus
NFSM-220 Nutrition Assessment and Counselling Techniques Morningside Campus
NFSM-221 Financial Management Morningside Campus

Companies Offering Jobs

Organizations that have hired Nutrition and Food Service Management program graduates include: Aramark, Compass, Complete Purchasing, Extendicare, Humber River, Kensington Gardens, Sienna Senior Living, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Marquise Hospitality (Division of Compass), Providence Healthcare Centre, Rouge Valley Health System, Shepherd Village, Sodexho, St. Michael's Hospital, Marquise Hospitality (Division of Compass), Sunnycrest Nursing Home, Toronto East General Hospital, Toronto Rehab, University Health Network, Village of Humber Heights, Schlegel Villages, Revera, The Scarborough Hospital and Warden Woods Community Centre.

Program Highlights

  • Using the resources of the School of Community and Health Studies and the School Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, you learn the practical aspects of quantity food preparation and service, and conduct experiments to learn the physical properties of food.
  • The final six weeks of the program consist of a supervised field experience in the health care industry.
  • Our instructors are members in good standing with the CSNM (Canadian Society of Nutrition Management) or the College of Dietitians of Ontario.
  • Faculty have experience in food manufacturing, the retail industry, food service, clinical nutrition, and consulting in acute and long-term care.

Nutrition and Food Service Management graduates will have the ability to:

  • Plan menus to accommodate the nutritional, dietary and medical needs, cultural and religious requirements, and personal preferences of clients
  • Supervise and evaluate the handling, preparation and service of food to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, organization policies and procedures, and industry best practices for health, safety, quality assurance and client satisfaction
  • Provide for the nutritional needs of diverse clients in health care settings in collaboration with or under the direction of members of the interprofessional health care team
  • Comply with and support others to work in accordance with industry, organization and legal standards for professional and ethical conduct
  • Apply relevant local, national and global trends, emerging technologies and changes to legislation to enhance work performance and support management decisions
  • Deliver customer service that anticipates, meets and/or exceeds individual expectations and is consistent with organization standards and objectives
  • Participate in the hiring, coaching, training, scheduling, supervision and performance evaluation of department staff in accordance with human resources, labour relations, workplace health and safety, and industry best practices
  • Participate in the management of inventory and the procurement of goods and services according to industry best practices, financial constraints and principles of social responsibility and environmental sustainability
  • Contribute to the analysis of food and nutrition processes, systems and operations, and the implementation and evaluation of changes to support continuous improvement and elimination of waste
  • Contribute to the planning and administration of budgets consistent with organization objectives and legal requirements for food and nutrition services departments
  • Select and use information and industry-specific technologies appropriately to enhance individual work performance and the management delivery of food an nutrition services
  • Participate in promoting food and nutrition services, healthy living, good food and nutrition to support marketing plans and the general well-being of individuals
  • Develop global citizenship and equity knowledge, skills and experiences as they relate to sustainability of resources, individual and community identities, critical social analysis, and enhanced personal and social responsibility
  • Support action for change that promotes social, economic and ecological equity at personal and global levels
  • Participate in interprofessional collaboration

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

Students in this program will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio and the supports available to you, please visit www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.

Articulation Agreements

Qualified Nutrition and Food Service Management graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • Algoma University, Ontario
  • Athabasca University, Ontario
  • Davenport University, Ontario
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario

Career Outlook

  • Food and nutrition manager/dietary manager
  • Food service supervisor
  • Diet technician
  • Quality control analyst/nutritionist
  • Patient service supervisor
  • Dietary consultant
  • Meal program coordinator
  • Director of food services

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission

Note: Admission to this Toronto Nutrition and Food Service program is "highly competitive" and the program fills quickly. We recommend that you apply prior to the Ontario Colleges equal consideration date of February 1 and submit transcripts or take your skills assessment as soon as possible. For admission to the January program we recommend you apply by May 1 of the previous year.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $1,022.00 $3,789.00
International $12,400.00 $2,217.00 $14,617.00