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BS in Nutrition and Dietetics in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (BSND) is a four-year degree program that teaches students with the principles and procedures of the use of food for therapeutic purposes in the management of persons suffering from a disease. Students of this program are also taught techniques and management of food production, particularly the phases of the foodservice cycle: menu planning, purchasing, receiving, storage and issuance, pre-preparation, production, merchandising and service, food safety, and sanitation and cost control.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who wish to take BS in Nutrition and Dietetics in College are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. The strand provides the basics of applied mathematics and sciences that will be useful in their college life.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Basic Nutrition
  • Nutrition in the Life Stages
  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Assessment of Nutritional Status
  • Food and Nutrition Research
  • Nutrition Education

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Nutrition and Dietetics are expected to be able to:

  • Apply nutrition care process in different settings
  • Practice interpersonal skills and leadership
  • Execute community-oriented activities and research
  • Show skills in problem-solving and decision-making to analyze results
  • Have interpersonal skills and leadership in practicing nutrition and dietetics 

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in hospitals, food service companies, and community health facilities.

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To become a Registered Nutritionist–Dietitian (RND) in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Nutrition and Dietetics needs to pass the Nutritionist–Dietitian Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Nutrition and Dietetics under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). The exam is conducted once a year in the month of July. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Nutrition and Dietetics may pursue a career path in hospitals, food service companies, and community health facilities. They may apply as a clinical nutritionist dietitian, gerontological nutritionist dietitian, neonatal nutritionist dietitian, sports and fitness nutritionist, therapeutic nutritionist dietitian, or public health nutritionist.

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Reviews of BS in Nutrition and Dietetics graduates:

G. A.
◈ Studied B.S. Nutrition (slightly different course)
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2006

list bulletWhy did I choose Nutrition: I was thinking of having my own food business or working in the government to help in the improvement of the diet and nutrition of the Filipinos, especially the poor. I chose this course because the new world trend is in the area of security and nutrition/food.

list bulletAbout my college education: The course of Nutrition has opened my eyes to the unlimited opportunities in producing enough nutritious food for all Filipinos at a lower price. If only the government concentrated in the production of staple food, all of the Filipinos would have 3 meals a day. With the help of government funds, the problem of malnutrition and food hunger would be solved.

Being inspired, I really worked and studied with such great effort to finish this course in this far flung school.With determination and discipline I was able to finish this course.

list bulletMy current job: As of now, since the pay in the government is very low and I am about to be a mother, I decided to accept the online work of teaching tutorial English to some Japanese students. The income is sufficient to support our family. The work is most convenient in the sense that I am earning while I work inside my house. This way I can take good care of my child.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The novel ways of planting HMOs and making an organic farming were some of the practical things I learned when I was in UPLB. If given the chance, I like to cultivate my own farm and produce high-quality food and show the other farmers on how to make a food industry in their own communities.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Within six months after graduation I worked in an NGO for awhile. But the pay was not enough for me to stay in Metro Manila.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Nutrition: I am strongly endorsing this course of Nutrition to the many young and idealistic people who would like to help in reducing food poverty among our fellowmen. I am hopeful that those who are considering in taking this course will really do something helpful by joining the government and the non-government organizations in producing more food products at very much reduced prices.
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