Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice
This combined degree prepares you to work as a dietitian through both theoretical knowledge and professional experience. You'll graduate with the skills you need to work in a diverse range of areas, from counselling patients to developing food products to optimising sports performance.
Your first year includes a range of health and human bioscience subjects as well as chemistry and food fundamentals, paired with an elective in your area of interest. In second year, you'll deepen your scientific knowledge through subjects in biochemistry, nutrition and disease, physiology, and how food functions in society.
In your final two years you'll apply your knowledge in practical settings through more than 100 days of professional placement. This comprises 60 days in medical nutrition therapy (managing individual cases), 25 days of community or public health nutrition and 25 days of food service management.
You'll study with staff who are paving the way in dietetics and nutrition research. They include Associate Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos, a renowned researcher in the area of Mediterranean diet for metabolic health, and Dr Sue Shepherd, one of the world's leading experts in gastrointestinal nutrition and the founder of the Low FODMAP Diet, which has revolutionised the management of irritable bowel syndrome.
The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this four-and-a-half year degree in only four years.
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
English language requirement
Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B certificate at postgraduate (EFS (75%) PG2a) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
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;
La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 85 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 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.
After graduation, you may work in hospital patient care or in private practice. You could also specialise in managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, or go into research, food regulation and safety, product development, nutrition promotion or public relations.
The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice has provisional accreditation from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).
Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice may apply for membership with the DAA. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
Students should allow approximately AUD$200 for a name badge and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however an LTU branded badge must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remains the student's personal property. In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500. Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue. Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
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