B.Sc. (Clinical Dietetics) BCD

School of Allied Health Sciences

B.Sc. Clinical Dietetics or Bachelor of Science in Clinical Dietetics is an undergraduate Nutrition and Dietetics course. The primary role of this course is to improve or maintain the health of patients through nutrition programmes. Clinical dieticians provide medical nutrition therapy for patients in institutions such as hospitals and nursing care facilities. They assess patients’ nutritional needs, develop and implement nutrition programs and evaluate and report the results. They confer with doctors and other health care professionals in order to coordinate medical and dietary needs. Some clinical dieticians specialize in the management of overweight and critically ill patients, such as those with renal (kidney) disease and diabetes. In addition, clinical dieticians in nursing care facilities, small hospitals, or correctional facilities may manage the food service department.

Objectives

  • Familiarize students with the roles and responsibilities associated with the day-to-day work of a Nutrition Expert/Hospital Dietician.
  • To provide students a high-quality education and a supervised practical exposure that will prepare them as competent and effective dietetic practitioners for entry-level positions in general dietetics.
  • To integrate knowledge and critical thinking skills with service
  • To emphasize professional practice that facilitates modification of personal food choices, food access and food systems

Key Information

Duration

3 Years

Eligibility

10+2 in PCB with min. 50% Marks

Selection Procedure

Merit + PI

Scholarship

As per University norms

Industry Internship Programme

6-Month Dietetics Internship: The essence of internship is experiential learning and integrative. Specifically, the internship will ensure that students demonstrate and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as management competencies in applied, experiential settings. This practical learning experience as an important component of the internship will require students to draw upon, apply and synthesize knowledge, and skills covered throughout the B. Sc. Clinical Dietetics program of study.

Programme Structure

  • Biostatistics and Introduction to Computers
  • Basic Nutrition
  • General Microbiology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Basic Dietetics
  • Family Meal Management
  • Vitamin and Mineral Nutrients
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Basic Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Therapeutic Nutrition
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Community Nutrition
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Food Commodities I
  • Food Microbiology, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Food Commodities II
  • Food Preservation
  • Food Fortification
  • Preventive Nutrition
  • Food Toxicology
  • Food Adulteration
  • Food Safety
  • Food Service Management
  • Research Methodology
  • 6 month project & On The Job Training
  • Nutrition in Special Conditions
  • Environmental studies*

Career Prospects

  • Consultants
  • Therapeutic dietitian
  • Food Show Host
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Nutrition Trainer
  • Administrative Nutritionists
  • Public Health / Community dietitian

Applying for Admissions 2021

B.Sc. Clinical Dietetics or Bachelor of Science in Clinical Dietetics is an undergraduate Nutrition and Dietetics course. The primary role of this course is to design nutrition programs to improve or maintain the health of patients. Clinical dieticians provide medical nutrition therapy to patients in institutions such as hospitals and nursing care facilities. They assess patients’ nutritional needs, develop and implement nutrition programs and evaluate and report the results. They confer with doctors and other health care professionals in order to coordinate medical and dietary needs. Some clinical dieticians are specialized in the management of overweight and critically ill patients, such as those with renal (kidney) disease and diabetes. In addition, clinical dieticians in nursing care facilities, small hospitals, or correctional facilities may manage the food service department.

The basic eligibility criteria for pursuing B. Sc. Clinical Dietetics program is a pass degree in Higher Secondary Examination or 10+2 in Science stream with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA from a recognized college or university.

Besides focusing on the academics, the program also makes the students ready-

  • To identify nutrition and dietary problems in population segments.
  • To frame viable methods to control nutrition/dietary problems in the country with regard to the technology, society, and economy.
  • To design newer management and administrative techniques to monitor nutrition and dietetics.
  • To conduct research on nutrition and develop future scientists for the country.
  • To guide healthcare and government bodies on issues pertaining to nutrition.
  • Clinical dietitians advise people and groups on nutritional practices proposed to prevent infection and to promote health and well-being.
  • Such Nutritionists can be gainfully employed across various fields such as colleges, research institutes, schools, companies, private or government hospitals, airlines, office cafeterias, yoga centers, maternity, governments health departments, athletes’ camps, mass media sector, etc.
  • TClinical Nutritionists professionally advice regarding promotion of healthy food habits. They may also work as private practitioners or private consultants.
  • Popular areas of employment include health maintenance organizations, home health agencies, and public health clinics, etc.
  • Some dietitians are specialized in renal or pediatric dietetics areas.
  • Candidates should be able to evaluate and develop nutritional programs for patients.
  • They should be able to assess, review and modify nutritional treatment plans, administer and conduct patient assessments.
  • They must keep themselves updated with the latest trends and happenings with the emerging trends in nutritional programs and studies regarding dietary guidelines.
  • Candidates should be able to evaluate and develop nutritional programs for patients.
  • They should be able to assess, review and modify nutritional treatment plans, administer and conduct patient assessments.
  • They must keep themselves updated with the latest trends and happenings with the emerging trends in nutritional programs and studies regarding dietary guidelines.
  • This course is beneficial for the students to make them aware about the eating habits of people that plays a major role in the development of certain chronic diseases such as diabetics, obesity, heart diseases, cancer, etc.
  • After passing the course, candidates can go for further Master's degree and then for research oriented work.
  • They can get jobs in various nutritional and dietary health clinics and hospitals that are run by the government or private institutions and organizations.
  • They can open up their own nutrition and dietary health clinics.
  • They can work as a private practitioner and private consultant.

Nutrition and dietetics is a remunerative job. Candidates working in government hospitals, research institutes, academic institutions have fixed salaries as fixed by the government depending upon experience and work profile. Some private sectors like health clinics, big corporate houses, restaurants, hotels, food manufacturers offer attractive perks and higher salary. Private consultants and independent practitioners also have good earning potential.

Nutrition and Dietetics is fast- growing both as an academic discipline and in practical application, both in India and abroad.

  • Successful graduates of the course interested in further studies in the discipline may pursue M. Sc., M.Phil. and Ph. D in the same subject.
  • Those who are interested in professional working in the industry and find lucrative employment opportunities in private sector clinics and hospitals, or may get self- employed.
  • Other areas of employment include private sector organizations such as leisure cruise companies and private nursing homes.
  • Such graduates may also choose to become psychiatric nursing as a profession where they work with patients suffering from emotional and psychological distress caused from unhealthy diet patterns.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to such graduates are listed below : Consultant

Responsible for understanding different people’s requirements and lifestyles and creating the best treatment plan for them.

Food Show Host

Responsible for showing customers how various food products can help to create a lifestyle that can lead them to better health.

Sports Nutritionist

Responsible for teaching athletes and fitness enthusiasts effective ways of improving their health, optimizing their performance, and managing their weight. Also, they advise individuals on dietary practices, exercise, and use of vitamins, minerals and supplements.

Nutrition Trainer

Responsible for promoting health through nutrition by designing, implementing, and teaching best nutrition techniques and programs.

Public Health/Community Dietitian

Responsible for improving public nutritional habits instead of working one- on- one with individual clients, and developing programs and policies for institutions that improve nutrition, developing meal plans based on needs, cost, and culture.

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Top Recruiting Areas Education and Public Relations, Food Industry, Food Service Field, Health Care Field, Government/Private Hospitals, Hotels and Catering Firms, Research & Development Centre’s, Social Welfare Organizations, and such.
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