How to Choose a Nutrition Course
Nutrition is booming all around the world. People are always looking for ways to be healthier and well, and live longer. So it’s never been a better time to be a nutritionist. Wondering exactly how to choose a nutrition course, so you can practice in Australia? We’ve got all your questions answered.
Start with a taster course
If you’re not 100% sure if a career in nutrition is for you, a short sampler course can give you a taste of the field without investing too much time or money.
Many places offer online short courses in nutrition, and some of the bigger schools in capital cities have on-campus introductory courses you could enrol in. Some will even offer programs that qualify you to work as a health coach or nutrition advisor – but you should check with the provider.
Set your goals
Do you want to learn nutrition so you can help yourself and your family stay healthy and avoid illness? Or would you like to embark on an exciting career as a nutritionist? Your answer will determine which course you choose.
For instance, if you want to be a practising nutrition, you’ll need to undertake a course that’s recognised by an accrediting body like the Nutrition Society of Australia. That way, you can apply for registration, which will enable you to stand out in the industry and practice as a professional.
Being accredited will also allow you to get public liability and indemnity insurance, to provide clients with peace of mind and practice in a safe way.
While accredited courses will stick to a fairly similar curriculum, you’ll still want to do your homework. Here are some questions to ask each provider:
- How is the course delivered? Can I study online – or will I need to be on campus or take practical classes or assessments?
- How much does the course cost? Can I get a loan or other financial support, or pay in instalments – or is it all required up-front?
- Can I study in my own time, or must I graduate by a certain date?
- What qualification will I get, and how can I use it?
Once you have the answers to these questions, request a prospectus and consider arranging an appointment with an admissions advisor. You might even be able to tour the campus, or interview past or present students.
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