Food Service Management – Institutional

Hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities. All of these institutions must provide for food service that meets the nutritional needs of their patients. It’s a big, but rewarding job. If you have an interest in helping people and managing large-scale food service operations, the OCC Food Service Management programs can help you become a dietetic service supervisor or food service manager, directing menu planning, food purchasing, food production, financial management and more. This OCC Career Advantage program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetics Association and will qualify you to take the national certification exam. Food service managers in California earn a median income of $46,849. Gain the knowledge and expertise you need to manage and supervise food service and help improve the health and well-being of others. Read on to learn more.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Quantity Foods Preparation
Health Care Field Experience

Sanitation and Safety
Careers in Dietetics/Food Science
Applied Nutrition

Did you know?

Meeting planners and food service and lodging managers can earn more than $47,000 per year, on average, while median earnings for a hotel’s catering director top more than $70,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in food service management.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Prepare for an entry-level position as a food service supervisor, with the potential to advance to management positions in acute and long-term health care facilities, performing duties that include auditing patient menus, visiting patients to discuss dietary problems and coordinating work of food production personnel with other departments. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for an entry-level position as a food service supervisor with the potential to advance to management positions in acute and long-term health care facilities. Responsibilities include menu planning, food purchasing, food production, financial management, employee recruitment, training and supervision and nutritional assessment. Graduates of this program join the Dietetic Managers Association and take the national certification exam. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years


To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers courses on evenings and weekends. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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