Nutrition and Food Service Management

Program Details

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

Program Availability

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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 sort 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 healthcare and food service industry. Centennial College's Nutrition and Food Service Management program 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 learn to combine food service administration and health care to interpret and apply nutritional care principles to promote health and manage a food service department effectively. Covered topics include:

  • 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. As a food service manager, CSNM membership is a requirement of Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care which qualifies as a Food Service Manager 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 healthcare.

Thanks to Canada's ageing population, there is a vast interest in proper nutrition and health to meet the demands of the healthcare industry.

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 large quantity food preparation 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 CSNM (Canadian Society of Nutrition Management) or the College of Dietitians of Ontario.
  • Faculty have experience in food manufacturing, the retail industry, food service management, 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, 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.
  • Select and use information and industry-specific technologies appropriately 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 wellbeing 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

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, Education and Inclusion , the GCEI Portfolio and the available supports, please visit

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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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 and Rouge Hospital, Shepherd Village, Sodexho, St. Michael's Hospital, Sunnycrest Nursing Home, Toronto East General Hospital, Toronto Rehab, University Health Network, Village of Humber Heights, Schlegel Villages, Revera, Warden Woods Community Centre and MacKenzie Health

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
  • Meal Program Coordinator
  • Director of Food Services

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)
  • 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.

Additional Requirements

How to Apply

How to Apply

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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 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.

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

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

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 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 2018.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $3,023.50 $1,253.00 $4,276.50
International $14,080.00 $2,421.00 $16,501.00

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