Dietetics

Why study Dietetics?

Dietitians apply the art and science of human nutrition to help people understand the relationship between food and health. They have a key role in the management of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, malnutrition, food allergy and intolerance. Dietitians also work toward the prevention of many diseases and conditions through nutrition education, health promotion and advocacy. You will gain practical experience in clinical and other dietetic environments and study chemistry, human biosciences, public health, research, food science, nutrition and dietetics.

Career opportunities

There is a growing demand for dietitians in Australia and overseas. Graduates are prepared for work in a range of fields including private practice, patient/client care in hospitals, health centres, nursing homes, community nutrition and public health, food service management, research, teaching and training, management, writing, media, marketing, public relations and the food industry (including product development, food regulation, safety, consumer nutrition education and nutrition marketing).

Courses

Local students

2015

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice

Duration :
4 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne 93.25
Year
2015
Course description
Dietitians help us to understand the relationship between food and health and play a key role in the management of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, obesity, malnutrition and food allergy/intolerance. To help you develop the skills needed for your career path, this course includes clinical practice, community health and food service, and interdisciplinary work with health sciences peers. You'll do approximately three months of professional placements throughout the course, including individual dietetic case management, community nutrition and food service management.

The course offers you a pathway to numerous, exciting career options - whether helping individual clients to maximise their nutrition, or focusing on nutrition science or policy within a large organisation.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
Professional recognition
The degree will be submitted to the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) for accreditation. Once accreditation is finalised, you'll graduate with eligibility for full membership of DAA and the Accredited Practising Dietitian program.
Prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English, and at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics (any), Physical Education, or Physics.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Middle band
Re-ranking is based on work experience and Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) criteria.
Costs
A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$15.50 and a Working with Children Check (no cost) are required for the professional experience placements in clinical and community settings in this course, plus a kitchen chemistry and safety kit, approximately A$120. Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, students must provide proof of immunisations. Costs may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$250 - $470. Accommodation and travel costs for professional practice placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: costs are approximate and subject to change.
Additional information
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Health Sciences website.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC from August 2014 to start this course in 2015. Some of our 2015 courses are being reviewed and may change so please check these pages regularly for up-to-date information or register for updates. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
Applied Science/Dietetic PracticeMelbourne

Bachelor of Human Nutrition

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne 73.35
Year
2015
Course description
Nutritionists help individuals and communities make the right food choices for a healthy diet. To do this, nutritionists consider the nutritive value of foods, the nutrients bodies need at different stages of development, and the role nutrients and diet play in health and disease prevention.

This multidisciplinary course aims to give you a thorough understanding of human nutrition, to prepare you for a range of careers in the promotion of health and fitness at individual and community levels.

You can study a major in human physiology, genetics, microbiology or biochemistry, or choose a suite of subjects in public health, or open electives across the University.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
Professional recognition
Graduates may apply to the Nutrition Society of Australia for accreditation as an associate nutritionist. This course also provides prerequisites for entry into postgraduate courses, including those professionally accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia. Please note: entry to postgraduate courses is competitive and places are limited.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study Score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English, and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics (any), Physical Education or Physics.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Costs
Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat - about A$30 - a dissecting kit - about A$40, and a kitchen chemistry ad safety kit - about A$120. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property. Additional costs of field trips - food, accommodation and travel - may also apply.
Additional information


How to apply
Apply through VTAC from August 2014 to start this course in 2015. Some of our 2015 courses are being reviewed and may change so please check these pages regularly for up-to-date information or register for updates.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
Human NutritionMelbourne

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Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students

International students

2014

Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Dietetic Practice (062598G/071313F)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 390
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
Dietitians apply the art and science of human nutrition to help us understand
the relationship between food and health. They play a key role in the management of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, malnutrition, and food allergy/intolerance.

Dietetics offers you many exciting career options - whether helping individual clients to maximise their nutrition, or focusing on nutrition science or policy within a large organisation. To help you develop the skills needed for your career path, this course includes clinical practice, community health and food service, and interdisciplinary work with health sciences peers.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of A or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 85 and at least two As including an A in English
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2013 (indicative only) - 93.35
International Baccalaureate - 35
GCE A Levels - 14
HKDSE - 2x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - AAA
STPM - 11
MICSS (UEC) - 2.5
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 85
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 5
Sweden Slutbetyg - VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 85
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8.9
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.5
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3.3
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
Two of Biology, Chemistry, Year 12 Mathematics or Physics.
Additional costs
A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$15.50 and a Working with Children Check (no cost) are required for the professional experience placements in clinical and community settings in this course, plus a kitchen chemistry and safety kit, approximately A$120. Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, students must provide proof of immunisations. Costs may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$250 - $470. Accommodation and travel costs for professional practice placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: costs are approximate and subject to change.
Professional recognition
La Trobe University will be submitting the degree to the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) for accreditation. Once accreditation is finalised, graduates will be eligible for full membership of DAA and the Accredited Practising Dietitian program.
Full course details
Health Sciences/Dietetic PracticeMelbourne

Bachelor of Human Nutrition (075872J)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
24 680
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
Nutritionists help individuals and communities make the right food choices for a healthy diet. To do this, nutritionists consider the nutritive value of foods, the nutrients bodies need at different stages of development, and the role nutrients and diet play in health and disease prevention.

They can also do research such as working on new food products, or examining the relationships between nutrients or dietary patterns and disease. However, nutritionists do not help treat disease through nutrition - that is the role of dietitians.

This multidisciplinary course aims to give you a thorough understanding of human nutrition, to prepare you for a range of careers in the promotion of health and fitness at individual and community levels.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

or approved international equivalent.

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe Melbourne's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe Melbourne's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Academic entry requirements
La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies - 70

Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2013 (indicative only) - 72.20
International Baccalaureate - 25
GCE A Levels - 10
HKDSE - 3 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - BBC
STPM - 8.67
MICSS (UEC) - 4.5
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 70

Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 70
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8.2
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.2
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
Two of Biology, Chemistry, Year 12 Mathematics or Physics.
Additional costs
Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat - about A$30 - a dissecting kit - about A$40, and a kitchen chemistry ad safety kit - about A$120. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property. Additional costs of field trips - food, accommodation and travel - may also apply.
Professional recognition
Graduates are eligible for registration as associate nutritionists with the Nutrition Society of Australia.
Full course details
Human NutritionMelbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Dietetics placements

You will undertake supervised professional placements in a variety of dietetic workplaces, including clinical environments such as hospitals; community care, food service and advocacy. The third and fourth years of the course include a substantial component of professional placement.

Alternative pathways

If you have completed part or all of an undergraduate degree at another university, apply through VTAC for entry into the first year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Dietetic Practice. If you have completed the first year of another course in our faculty, you may apply to transfer into the course.

We also offer a two-year graduate entry Master of Dietetic Practice.

Dietitian versus nutritionist?

The difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist

In Australia, there is a distinction between the occupations of dietitian and nutritionist and only those who have completed a recognised course in dietetics can be employed as a dietitian.

Nutrition science involves the role of nutrients in growth, development, health and well-being in humans and animals. Nutritionists apply their knowledge of nutrition science and other sciences such as physiology and biochemistry to promote health and well-being.

A dietitian is also considered a nutritionist because they have studied human nutrition. In addition, dietitians have done specialised studies and supervised professional placements in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, evidence-based practice and food service management. These studies qualify a dietitian to assess nutritional status, make nutritional diagnoses, and implement and monitor nutrition management plans.

For more information on practising as a dietitian, see the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

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