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Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition)

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Health courses and degrees | Bachelor of Health Science Clinical Nutrition

What is a Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical Nutrition?

A Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition) covers the impact of nutritional, dietary and lifestyle factors on health, and how therapeutic nutritional intervention can achieve wellbeing. This bachelor delivers hands-on experience at the student-led Practice Wellbeing Centre under the guidance of experienced nutritionists, treating public patients. A degree in nutrition will prepare you to confidently start clinical nutrition practice in the community.

In this course, you will learn the foundations of health science, including human biology, physiology and pathology, as well as the basics of research and evidence-based practice. You’ll study how food and other dietary factors can be used to improve wellbeing at individual, community or population level. Under the guidance of experienced nutritionists, you will gain hands-on experience treating public patients at our custom-built student-led clinic, The Practice Wellbeing Centre. Work-Integrated Learning and clinical practicum experience are embedded throughout the course and are incorporated into theory subjects.

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Learning outcomes

  • Consult with the public under guidance of experienced clinical nutritionists.
  • Understand the therapeutic use of clinical nutrition in the prevention and treatment of various health conditions.
  • Take an evidence-based approach to the science of food and how it can be balanced to nurture good health.
  • Know dietary requirements throughout the lifespan and the impact of deficiency and nutritional interventions.
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ATMS accredited

This course is accredited by the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.

Australasian Association and Register of Practicing Nutritionists

AARPN professional registration access

Upon completion, you’re eligible to join The Australasian Association and Register of Practicing Nutritionists.

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ANTA recognised credentials

On graduation, you are eligible to register with the Australian Natural Therapists Association.

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NSA recognised credentials

On graduation, you are eligible to register as an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia.

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CMA recognised qualification

Upon completion, you’re eligible to attain membership with the Complementary Medicine Association (CMA).

Study mode
On campus, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
3 years full time, 6 years part time
Start date
20 Feb 2023
05 Jun 2023
Fees

This is an AQF Level 7 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

*For more details on international student study options.

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Develop clinical skills, access the latest technology and improve client wellbeing at our student-led clinic.

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Our heritage with Southern School of Natural Therapies and Australasian College of Natural Therapies ensures you’re learning from decades of experience.
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Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition) provides a number of career opportunities. Whether you’re interested in providing clinical nutrition advice face-to-face with clients, creating innovative nutritional recipes or jumping into the world of nutrition research, there is a growing demand for skilled practitioners and registered clinical nutritionist in a range of industries and healthcare settings.

Potential career paths

  • Clinical Nutritionalist
    Average salary: $64,000 - $109,000
  • Nutrition Researcher
    Average salary: $61,000 - $103,000
  • Health Educator
    Average salary: $99,000 - $119,000
  • Product Developer
    Average salary: $95,000 - $207,000
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Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Electives

Requirements

These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Biological Foundations | BFD105A
  • Understanding Health | HWEL2002A
  • Human Nutrition 1 | NUTR2001A
  • Human Structure & Physiology 1 | HSP101A
  • Food Science, Systems and Policy | NUTR2004A
  • Human Nutrition 2 | NUTR2002A
  • Human Structure & Physiology 2 | HSP102A
  • Evidence-based Practice | EBP107A

Requirements

These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Human Systems and Pathophysiology 1 | HSP201A
  • Human Biochemistry | HBC205A
  • Pre-Clinical Studies 1 | PCS207A
  • Human Systems and Pathophysiology 2 | HSP202A
  • Nutritional Biochemistry and Human Metabolism | SCIE2006A
  • Nutritional Therapeutics 1 | NUT208A
  • Clinical Assessment | CLA207A
  • Pre-Clinical Studies 2 | PCS209A

Requirements

These seven core subjects must be completed. Additionally, you're required to select one elective from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Lifespan Nutrition | NUTR2005A
  • Nutritional Therapeutics 2 | NUT301
  • Food as Medicine | FAM203
  • Integrated Pharmacology | DIP303A
  • Dietary Counselling and Planning | DCP409A
  • Entrepreneurship, Professionalism and Business Skills in Health | EPR307
  • Functional Nutritional Medicine | FNM408A

Requirements

Choose two elective subjects from below in year three.

Elective subjects

  • Health Promotion | HPR200
  • Diet and Disease | NUTR2006A
  • Special Populations Project | NUTR2008
  • Public Health Nutrition | NUTR2007A
  • Chemistry for the Health Professions | CHP203
  • First Peoples Cultures, History and Health | FPH201
  • Nutrition Assessment | NUT302
  • Health Education and Communication | HEC306
  • Critical Literature Review | CLR308A
  • Healthcare in the Digital World | HDW204
  • Complementary Medicine Foundations | CMF105

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Industry partners and work placements

Work-Integrated Learning and Clinical Practicum Experience are embedded throughout the course and are incorporated into theory subjects. You will complete most clinic requirements in our custom-built student-led clinic - The Practice Wellbeing Centre, where you will gain hands on experience by consulting with members of the public under the guidance of experienced practitioners.

Work-Integrated Learning hours

You’ll be able to gain 360 hours of Clinical Practicum Experience at The Practice Wellbeing Centre and 95 hours of Work-Integrated Learning at an external organisation of your choice.

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Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees

Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.

FEE-HELP

Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP

Scholarships

If you are truly passionate about health, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of health scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the health industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent.

Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above

OR

Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification.

The below is an alternative option.
Work and life experience that demonstrates skills and knowledge gained through paid or unpaid employment, formal learning and/or non-formal learning (presented on a current resume with attached cover letter).

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

Fees

Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

Fee payment

Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

Scholarships

We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a international student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Australian Year 12 or equivalent; AND
Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 5.5) or equivalent
OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

View full course admission information

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I apply for a course?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?
  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

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