How Do You Get a Dietician Qualification?


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A qualified dietician is a food and nutrition expert who has fulfilled academic and professional requirements. Specifically, you need to have earned a bachelor’s degree with approved coursework and completed an approved and supervised practice program at a health care center, food service corporation or community organization.

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How Do You Get a Dietician Qualification?
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Potential dieticians also need to have passed a national examination offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and completed ongoing professional educational requirements to retain registration. The National Health Service is the major employer of dieticians. Dieticians are employed in the food industry, education and research. They can also work on freelance basis.

The work of a registered dietician is to translate nutrition science into daily information about food. The bachelor’s degree coursework of a dietician is approved by the academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Components of the coursework include food and nutrition sciences, economics, food service systems management, computer science, business, biochemistry, microbiology, sociology, physiology, chemistry and microbiology. As part of their coursework, dieticians undergo training in hospital or community organization.

Some of the dieticians’ responsibilities include working with people with special diet needs, passing nutrition information to the general public, providing accurate advice, appraising and improving treatment and educating patients, other healthcare practitioners and community groups.

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