Dietary Aide

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Dietary Aide Training for Your Employees

The Dietary Aide Program will prepare workers to successfully function as a dietary aide, assisting in patients’ recovery by helping them meet their nutritional needs. Your employees will learn to work with dietitians and the patient care team to create a diet plan for patients, as well as how to properly interview and take medical histories of patients to identify chronic illnesses and food allergies, and to understand their lifestyle needs and food choices.

  • This program will prepare learners for roles such as dietary aide, food service aide, and nutrition service technician.
  • Includes wraparound learner support and access to instructors and coaches, ensuring your workers successfully progress through the training and excel on-the-job.
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What Your Learners Will Study 

  1. How to stock and take inventory of supplies, set up food items, assist in food preparation and transportation, maintain storeroom and food preparation areas, and maintain sanitation activities.
  2. The foundations of communicating with patients and providing excellent customer service in a hospital or clinic setting.
  3. Working with patients with special dietary restrictions to meet nutritional needs.
  4. Food preparation and food service safety in order to meet requirements.

Dietary Aide Training Curriculum 


Average completion time: 1-3 mo

The Dietary Aide Training Program curriculum covers the foundational knowledge and skills your employees need to be successful on the job. Online courses will cover:

  • Patient communication and customer service skills
  • Patient confidentiality and HIPAA
  • Medical terminology
  • Basic nutrition and caring for patients with special dietary needs
  • Food preparation and food service safety

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Our Proven Training Model

High-quality, online skills training for your employees

Online Delivery

  • Digital platform allows for studying any time, any where  
  • Content is available via computer, mobile device, or tablet  
  • 24/7 access to online resource library and knowledge base   

Engaging Content

  • Programs include simulations, videos, and virtual demos   
  • Varied learning methods help cement application of concepts 
  • Real-time feedback enables efficient mastery of material 

Robust Support

  • Self-service tools and unlimited multi-channel support 
  • Live and recorded webinars hosted by our faculty 
  • Access to peer-to-peer community of learners  

Real World Credentials

  • Training programs focus on today’s in-demand job skills  
  • Content developed by professional leaders in the field  
  • Courses align to industry certifications and accreditation 

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