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Nutrition and Food Service Management

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Program Details

  • Program Code:1607
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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

This health diploma program 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. Nutrition and Food Service Management has received the Centennial College President's Academic Program Recognition awards for Job Market Preparation, Student Satisfaction, Graduate Satisfaction, Employer Satisfaction and Quality of the Learning Experience.

In this School of Community and Health Studies program, you'll learn to combine food service administration and health care to interpret and apply nutritional care principles to promote health and effectively manage a food service department. Major topic areas will include:

  • Healthy Nutrition Counselling 
  • Food service Operations
  • Safety and sanitation
  • Accounting Principles 
  • 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. When you graduate, you'll 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 as a food service manager in long-term care facilities and many acute care facilities. As such, you'll be fully prepared with specialized knowledge and eligible to work in health care. 

The Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM) accreditation body has awarded Centennial College's  Nutrition and Food Service Management program  the highest accreditation status for a five-year term (October 16, 2020, to September 15, 2025).

As an impact of Canada's aging population, there is a vast interest in proper nutrition and health to meet the demands of the health care industry.

Program Highlights

  • Using the School of Community and Health Studies and the School Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts' resources, you'll learn the practical aspects of large quantity food preparation and conduct experiments to learn the physical properties of food.
  • The program is made up of four semesters (fall and winter intakes). 
  • The final six weeks of the program will consist of an  approved  field placement which will be  organized by the college. Field placement will be  a supervised  practicum in healthcare. 
  • Faculty members are typically members of the CSNM or the College of Dietitians of Ontario. They have experience in food manufacturing, the retail industry, food service management, clinical nutrition, and consulting in acute and long-term care.

When you graduate from Nutrition and Food Service Management, you'll 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, sanitation, 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 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;
  • Contribute to the planning and administration of budgets consistent with organization objectives and legal requirements for food and nutrition services departments;
  • Appropriately select and use information and industry-specific technologies to enhance individual work performance and the management delivery of food and nutrition services;
  • Participate in promoting food and nutrition services and healthy living 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, Education and Inclusion Portfolio

You'll develop an e-portfolio documenting your engagement with the College's signature Global Citizenship and Equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion, the GCEI portfolio and the available supports, please visit


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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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, Scarborough Health Network,  Shepherd Village, Sodexho, St. Michael's Hospital,  Michael Garron Hospital, University Health Network,  Revera and MacKenzie Health

Career Outlook

  • Food and Nutrition Manager/Dietary Manager
  • Food Service Supervisor
  • Diet Technician
  • Quality Risk Management Coordinator
  • Patient Service Supervisor
  • Meal Program Coordinator
  • Director of Food Services
  • Retail Food Service Supervisor
  • Catering Manager

Education Pathways

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. Listed below are the credentials from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts in multiple majors
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting, Human Resources Management; Marketing
Athabasca University Bachelor of Commerce – Post Diploma
Bachelor of Commerce with major – Post Diploma
Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations – Post Diploma
Bachelor of Management 3 year – Post Diploma
Davenport University Bachelor of Administration in Management
Humber College Bachelor of Health Sciences - Workplace Health and Wellness
Seneca College Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Western Ontario and Brescia University College Honours Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition with Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus Honours Bachelor of Arts

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please visit ONCAT,

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

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

Additional Requirements

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

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 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 For more information go to Application Fees.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

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

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

International Students

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 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

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $1,275.24 $3,996.24
International $15,385.50 $1,784.24 $17,169.74

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