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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

Qualifications

  • 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:

R. J.
◈ Studied BS in Nutrition and Dietetics
◈ At University of Santo Tomas
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletWhy did I choose Nutrition and Dietetics: I am someone who is fond of cooking and food. Somehow I knew this course of study is related to those two.

list bulletAbout my college education: With all honesty, what was difficult was the first years of the course. Entering the second semester of the second year was when things got really interesting due to the major food subjects and learning different kind of diets. What I found boring are the minor subjects I had to deal with. Theology, mostly.

list bulletMy current job: I work as a Nutrition Officer at the City Government of Malolos.
We deal with children below 6 years old and focus on public health, one of the three major fields of Nutrition. It deals with ensuring proper health and nutrition for all, but we are more concerned with children under 6 years old.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The knowledge I'm using now in my current job was exactly what we studied back in college, specifically during the last 2 years of my study.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I graduated on March of 2009 and took a licensure examination on July of the same year. It took me 8 months after passing the board examination before landing my first and current job I mentioned above.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Nutrition and Dietetics: Very much. There are very few people who take this program. Therefore, we are scarce but the job opportunities are overwhelming. After finishing the program, we can choose to work in the food industry, hospital dietary section, local government units, and other private institutions that calls for skills we are equipped with.

In terms of salary level, everyone has to start with "just enough" although there are some companies who offer "more than just enough".

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Take it. If at first you don't find it interesting, just wait and things will be.
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