Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics

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  • Objectives
    In this course you will complete a range of specialist topics in nutrition, counselling and food service. You will also take two clinical placements, one in a hospital and one in a metropolitan or regional community health centre.
  • Entry requirements
    Curtin’s Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) with a course-weighted average of at least 65%. You should have undertaken your third year of the bachelor course on a full-time basis. You will be required to attend a selection interview designed to assess your suitability to the course. Places are limited due to the low availability of dietetic placements. You will be ranked on the basis of your course-weighted average (90% of grading) and the selection interview (10% of grading). Applicants with a dietetic qualification are ineligible to apply.
  • Academic title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics
  • Course description
    Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics


    Course CRICOS Code: 053468C
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


    Dietetics involves the study of those medical aspects of disease that have a nutritional component in prevention or treatment. Dietetics is concerned with the science and art of providing nutritional care for individuals and groups differing widely in economic, social, psychological and physiological conditions. Dietitians are recognised as a member of a health team in a hospital and in the community or public health setting. They also work in food service and food industry, research teams and private practice.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    Applicants must have completed the Bachelor of Science (Nutrition), undertaking a full-time load in the third year and have achieved a course-weighted average of 65 per cent. Units studied elsewhere will not contribute to the course-weighted average. Eligible applicants must also pass a selection interview designed to assess their suitability to the course. Applicants are ranked on the basis of their course-weighted average (90 percent of grading) and the interview (10 percent of grading). Applicants with a dietetic qualification are ineligible to apply. Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases, Criminal Record Screening and Clearance , and Working with Children section of this publication.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

    Duration and Availability

    This fee-paying course is one year full-time study with the professional placement program extending beyond the end of second semester.

    Course Organisation

    A satisfactory performance in Medicine and Dietetics 581, Advanced Nutrition Topics 581 and Dietetic Practice Techniques 581 is a prerequisite for Clinical Placement 582. Performance will be judged satisfactory if the student achieves a weighted aggregate of 65 or more in the combination of Medicine and Dietetics 581, Dietetic Practice Techniques 581 and Advanced Nutrition Topics 581. Students are required to participate in preliminary placement activities during the inter-semester break and the major placement activities continue beyond the semester.

    Professional Recognition

    This course is accredited with the Dietitians Association of Australia and graduates are eligible to apply for membership as an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD).

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates find employment as a member of a health team in such areas as hospitals, and community or public health, food service and the food industry, sporting groups, research teams and private practice.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase uniforms, a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials. All costs of immunisations, screening and clearances required are the responsibility of the student. Cost of placements are the responsibility of the student.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                                 Hrs/Wk     Credit
    Year 1 Semester 1

    309099     v.1           Dietetic Counselling 581                                             3.0     25.0
    309100     v.1           Food Service 581                                                        4.0     12.5
    310088     v.1           Dietetic Practice Techniques 581                                3.0     12.5
    310091     v.1           Advanced Nutrition Topics                                          5.0     25.0
    310235     v.1           Medicine and Dietetics 581                                         8.0     25.0

    Year 1 Semester 2

    309102     v.2 *        Clinical Placement 582                                                 4.0     50.0
    310092     v.1           Dietetic Clinical Support 582                                        3.0     25.0
    310093     v.1 #        Community and Food Service Placement 582             16.0     25.0
    #              This unit is full time for 5 weeks
    *              This unit is full time for 10 weeks


    Year      Location                 Period              Internal   
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1           Y                 
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 2           Y                 

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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