Food and Nutrition Management 1607

"This program provided me with a solid foundation for my career.  The balance of theory and practical knowledge kept me focused and prepared me for my role in the industry.  The professors are knowledgeable, supportive and enthusiastic.  My experience at Centennial College has allowed me to flourish and grow professionally and has given me the opportunity to help others."

Shauna Knight - Graduate 2007
About Centennial
Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.
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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
Start Date: Fall, Winter
Location: Morningside Campus
Tel: 416-289-5303

Centennial Food and Nutrition Management graduates are equipped to pursue challenging careers as managers in the dynamic and growing healthcare and food service industry. With knowledge of nutrition and food service, business skills and human relations skills, they are prepared to work in the nutrition department of a hospital, long-term care facility, or other food or nutrition-related industry. 

The program has received the President’s Academic Program Recognition Award for Preparation for Job Market, Student Satisfaction, Graduate Satisfaction,  Employer Satisfaction and Quality of The Learning Experience.
This is the longest established two-year post-secondary Food and Nutrition Management program in the Greater Toronto Area. Accredited by the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM), graduates are eligible for membership in the CSNM and the Ontario Society of Nutrition Management. CSNM membership is a requirement of the Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to work in a long-term care facility and many acute care facilities.

Mission Statement for Food and Nutrition Management Program

The Food and Nutrition Management Program provides a supportive learning environment for students to gain food service and nutrition knowledge combined with business and human relations skills to prepare them for challenging careers in the food service industry; and professional competence in keeping with the codes of ethics and competencies of the CSNM.

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

Semester 1 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Morningside Campus
FNMT-100 Principles of Sanitation, Safety and Hygiene Morningside Campus
FNMT-101 Introduction to Computing Morningside Campus
FNMT-105 Kitchen Production Morningside Campus
FNMT-108 Introduction to Food Services Morningside Campus
FNMT-109 Nutrition 1 Morningside Campus
FNMT-117 Mathematics for Food Service Management Morningside Campus
GNED-171 Aging and Society Morningside Campus

Semester 2 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
FNMT-110 Nutrition 2 Morningside Campus
FNMT-112 Food Properties Analysis Morningside Campus
FNMT-115 Purchasing for the Food Services Industry Morningside Campus
FNMT-201 Communications and Interprofessional Approaches in Health Care and Food Services Morningside Campus
FNMT-208 Food Service Accounting Morningside Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus

Semester 3 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
FNMT-202 Organizational Behaviour in Food Services Morningside Campus
FNMT-206 Medical Nutrition Therapy Morningside Campus
FNMT-207 Facilities Planning and Design Morningside Campus
FNMT-210 Marketing and Merchandising for Food Services Operations Morningside Campus
FNMT-211 Supervision Practices Morningside Campus
FNMT-223 Food Services Systems Management Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus

Semester 4 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
FNMT-203 Human Resources Management in Food Services Morningside Campus
FNMT-213 Recipe Development and Costing Morningside Campus
FNMT-215 Labour Cost Control Morningside Campus
FNMT-216 Health Care Menu Planning Morningside Campus
FNMT-217 Field Placement Morningside Campus
FNMT-219 Professional Practice Seminar Morningside Campus
FNMT-221 Financial Management Morningside Campus

Career Outlook

The primary focus of the program is to prepare you for career opportunities in healthcare. There is a continuous need for qualified food service managers in Ontario Long term care facilities that require CSNM qualified managers.  Employers include hospitals, seniors' residences, nursing homes and extended care facilities. Other opportunities include high-volume catering services, industrial cafeterias, airline food services, food manufacturers and community agencies.
Organizations hiring program graduates include:
  • Aramark
  • Community Life Inc.
  • Compass
  • Complete Purchasing 
  • Extendicare
  • Leisureworld Care Giving Centres
  • Mt. Sinai Hospital
  • Morrison Healthcare (Division of Compass)
  • Providence Healthcare Centre
  • Rouge Valley Health System
  • Shepherd Village 
  • Sodexho
  • Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
  • Toronto East General Hospital 
  • University Health Network
  • Village of Humber Heights 
  • Schlegel Villages
  • Rivera

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates have demonstrated the ability to:

1.   practice in accordance with the code of ethics of the appropriate professional association. (For example, Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM), Ontario Society of Nutrition Management (OSNM).

2.   evaluate personal strengths and limitations in practice.

3.   exhibit professional conduct.

4.   apply a knowledge of normal and clinical nutrition.

5.   participate in the provision of nutritional care in a variety of settings including institutional and community environments.

6.   participate in master menu planning.

7.   participate in procurement of goods and services.

8.   supervise the preparation of food products and special feedings following standardized recipes and production procedures.

9.   supervise food distribution according to established standards.

10.  supervise operational procedures to meet established standards for safety and sanitation according to established policy, procedures, and regulations.

11.  participate in the management and coordination of catering activities and cafeteria promotions.

12.  participate in the management of the food service and nutrition department.

13.  participate in facility-wide quality management programs.

14.  participate in the management of departmental human resources.

15.  supervise personnel through the use of appropriate management, training, and motivational techniques.

16.  participate in the financial planning for and management of the department.

17.  develop and maintain clear communication channels both within the department and externally.

18.  use computers and other available electronic technology for activities in food service management and nutritional care.

19.  develop global citizenship and equity knowledge, skills, and experiences as it relates 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.

20.  participate in inter-professional collaboration

Program Highlights

  • Using Centennial’s Hospitality Management Centre, students will learn the practical aspects of quantity food preparation and service and conduct experiments to learn the physical properties of food 
  • The final seven weeks of the program consist of supervised work experience in a healthcare facility


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
Academic Requirements
  • Admission to this program is highly competitive and the program fills quickly. To be considered for the program, you should apply prior to the Ontario Colleges equal consideration date of February 1 and submit transcripts or complete a skills assessment as early as possible. For admission to a January program we recommend that you apply before June 1 of the previous year. 
  • For applicants who are currently attending high school in Ontario your midterm and final grades will be transmitted automatically to the college.
After admission, but prior to attending each Field Placement, students are required to have:
  • Annual police check with vulnerable sector screening
  • Successful completion and annual renewal of a recognized course in CPR (Health Care Provider level)
  • Successful completion of a recognized course in Standard First Aid
  • Mask fit testing will be provided by Centennial College (shaving of portion of face may be required to meet safety standards)
  • Completion of your pre-clearance health form by a physician or nurse practitioner stating that you meet the health requirements of legislated acts, ministry guidelines and agency policies 

All of the above requirements must be in effect for the duration of each placement.

Career Outlook

Job Titles
Examples of positions held by graduates include:

  • Food and Nutrition Manager
  • Food Service Coordinator
  • Dietary Manager 
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Diet Technician