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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:

G. C.
◈ Studied BS in Nutrition and Dietetics
◈ At University of San Carlos
◈ Graduated 1996

list bulletAbout my college education: When I’m in college I’ve got difficulty in my subjects in Nutrition and Diet Therapy. I’m just an average student. I like it when my subject is food service, like cooking. Yes, it’s very interesting because you deal with the patient’s medical condition by giving them proper nutrition. Yes, I find it difficult but they said if you study well, your subjects won’t be that challenging. I was just the one who made it hard because I didn’t study that well enough back in college. Now I understand how important my course is and how it has helped myself and my family. I’m thankful to my late aunt who encouraged me to take this course.

list bulletMy current job: I just resigned from my recent job as a canteen supervisor. Now I wanted to have a career which is more in line with the course I took. But since I am already 37 years old, my knowledge in Diet Therapy is now out-to-date. I am in fact looking into possibilities for refresher courses, so I will be brought up to speed.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, as they are very useful to the career I take. If only I had the courage, I would want to apply at a hospital. I just don’t have sufficient knowledge in Diet Therapy. But I have always wanted to work at a hospital, for a change.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I took the licensure exam in 1996 but I failed due to personal issues I had to sort out while reviewing for the test. After a year, I had a retake and passed this time. It took me a month after I found a job as a nutritionist for a concessionaire in Race Food Co., Inc., in DBP, and International School in Kalayaan, Makati.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Nutrition and Dietetics: I highly recommend this course to people who want to help people have proper diet. The course also aims to educate people on proper nutrition to prevent diseases.
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