Course Introduction:

Throughout history the relationship between diet and wellbeing has long been understood, Hippocrates proclaimed “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” in 400BC, yet dating back as far as 5000BC Egyptians were using specific foods to treat a variety of diseases. Clinical Nutrition combines food as medicine traditions and dietary therapy with recent scientific advances in nutritional biochemistry and therapeutics which are now used by conventional and holistic practitioners alike.

Health and wellbeing are affected by multiple external and internal factors, some of which lead to functional disorders and chronic disease. The role of the Clinical Nutrition practitioner is to identify the cause of dysfunction, educate the patient, develop a treatment and prevention plan to re-establish and maintain wellbeing.

Clinical Nutrition practitioners understand the nutritional, dietary and lifestyle factors which impact wellbeing throughout the lifespan, during illness and disease. Clinical Nutrition practitioners seek to educate the individual or community on the impact of food choices in the maintenance of wellbeing and management of disease.

Learning outcomes:

  • Perform and practice as a professional practitioner, leader and team member, being accountable to all underlying moral, ethical, legal and professional principles and best
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human biology and structure and function as it relates to disease manifestation, health maintenance and nutritional interventi
  • Interpret physiological and nutritional data in order to apply scientific reasoning to the development of solutions to a range of complex nutritional health
  • Independently exercise judgement to assess, diagnose, formulate, accurately record, and communicate therapeutic treatment plans with regard to holistic and integrative nutritional principles and theories to address nutrition health related
  • Advocate for nutrition focused health interventions addressing a range of contemporary global health issues, drawing on learnings from the past, current practice and future i
  • Apply research and digital literacy skills and knowledge to form an evidence-based approach towards professional
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, synthesise and evaluate data, and then effectively communicate outcomes and solutions appropriately across culturally diverse groups, patients or other health professionals.
  • Develop, establish, and manage professional relationships to enhance patient care, professional development and industry
  • Embed a commitment to social justice, diversity and human rights as a global professional in the development of nutrition and community health initia

Career outcomes:

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition) degree, there are a number of career opportunities available to you. There is a continually growing demand for skilled practitioners to work as a Clinical Nutritionist in a number of settings such as:

  • Private practice
  • Complementary and Medical clinics
  • Sporting clubs and gyms
  • Health retreats
  • Research and education
  • Product development
  • Self-employment and consulting

Furthermore many students have gone on to set up their own successful clinics, undertaken post-graduate study, worked overseas, published journals and books, and worked voluntarily to give something back to the community. All of our degrees meet industry association requirements in their chosen areas, so students can register to become a member of professional associations and with private health insurance providers.

Course recognition

Professional associations that recognise graduates of this course include:

  • ANTA – Australian Natural Therapists Association
  • ATMS – Australian Traditional Medicine Society
  • CMA – Complementary Medicines Association
  • NSA – Nutrition Society of Australia

Course highlights:

  • Blended course delivery including face to face and flexible online study options (some coursework must be completed face to face to meet industry requirements)
  • Clinical Nutrition focus, equipping you to consult with clients in a clinical setting
  • Strong health science grounding including biological sciences and diagnostics as well as human and therapeutic nutrition specialisation
  • Learn from practitioners, our lecturers are real industry and clinical experts
  • Clinical practicum experience – see real clients under supervision from experienced practitioners in

our Wellbeing Clinics

  • Course designed to meet professional association and industry requirements
  • Graduates can call themselves a; Nutritionist, Clinical Nutritionist or Clinical Nutrition Practitioner

Why study with us:

Our health science courses are offered at our colleges ACNT (Sydney or Brisbane) and SSNT (Melbourne) with nearly 100 years of combined history between them.

Torrens University Australia is here for good!

Here for Good is the spirit of Laureate International Universities. As the largest global network of higher education institutions, of which Torrens University Australia is a member, we’re united by a belief in the power of education to change lives. In addition, we’re serious about making an enduring commitment to the communities we serve. To us, this is about purpose and permanence. This is what we mean by Here for Good.

We believe society is best served when our students, faculty, and our entire organisation use our collective skills and experience to create positive and lasting change. Our students and graduates are improving lives and making our world better. Our institutions are providing the critical skills, knowledge and support to help make this happen.

At Torrens University Australia, contributing to the community through our student’s learning and development is part of what we do.


We FLIP the Classroom

The Bachelor of Health Science is designed around the principles of the ‘flipped classroom’ allowing you to learn through doing, not just through listening. The flipped classroom model provides you with the opportunity to explore material at your own pace before class. This might involve reading articles or texts, watching presentations or listening to podcasts. Rather than just listening to a lecturer for an hour or more, you’ll come to class ready having read through or listened to the subject material. Guided by an expert in the field, you will then then find a much more interactive and collaborative environment in which to consolidate and apply the things you have learned.

We are Career-focused and industry connected
  • Our students practice in on-campus clinics and through industry placement
  • Our academics are current industry practitioners
  • Industry contributes to our course development
We want you to succeed
  • Success Coaches: working with our students to increase motivation, improve employability and provide an in-depth understanding of natural talents
  • PASS program (Peer-Assisted Study Scheme): One hour of dedicated time to study – Run by students for students! It is a casual safe environment for fellow students to ask questions, have concepts explained in way you understand, get study tips from experienced students and get some

guidance with assessments.

  • Academic skills support: If you need help with assignment writing, referencing, time management, or any other academic-related aspect of your studies then the Academic Skills Support team can
  • Technical support: if you have any questions about your online learning management system
  • We care about your success: we value the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore have robust processes to resolve student co The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures (as well as all policies and procedures), can be access from your student portal.
We have small class sizes

Get direct and personalised access to our industry-experienced lecturers and learning facilitators, through small class sizes and valuable one-to-one interactions, regardless of whether you study online or on campus.

We offer Dynamic Online Learning

Dynamic Online Learning mode means you can achieve success in your own time. We provide on-demand access to your course materials and content so you can study whenever it’s convenient to you. Because this is a clinical health qualification, your course will combine online and on-campus study to provide you with the best skills and knowledge for your future career.

Access our national campus network

Whether you study on campus or online, you can access state-of-the-art campuses in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. There are no more boring classrooms, instead, we have designed our learning spaces to promote collaboration and engagement, and they’re located in convenient and vibrant inner city neighbourhoods.

Fast-track your career

We operate on a trimester system which means you can focus on less subjects per study period while completing a full year’s study load, a better use of your time!


Feel engaged with industry

We engage in robust dialogue with local, national and global businesses, industries and associations with the goal of creating better graduate outcomes for our students. We believe education should reflect the realities of industry, as well as the development of critical thinking and global perspectives in the approach we take. Integrating relevant insights and desirable skill sets through our active conversations with industry allows us to remain dynamic and evolve with the needs of the modern workplace.

We also invite industry onto campus for lunch time and after hour’s sessions that give you the opportunity to hear from industry professionals and expand your network in a face-to-face environment.

Develop job ready skills

Through our Careers and Industry advisors and Success Coaches, we provide students with employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range of events and seminars. We assist students in developing current employability skills and help them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. We enjoy many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.

Develop your academic skills

Develop skills in:

  • Writing essays and reports
  • Study techniques
  • Goal setting
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Time organisation
  • Creating an effective study environment
  • Academic learning
  • Exam preparation
Get involved in student events

Meet and network with industry professionals and gain valuable contacts at various events including networking nights, professional seminars and industry association events. Organise events by getting involved in your local Student Representative Council (SRC)

Course Overview

Qualification Title


Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time or Part-time On Campus  Blended Delivery Study Options – international students This course is available to international students needing a visa to study in Australia.
Start Dates February, June, September

For specific dates visit: au/Hub/dates

Start Dates February, June, September

For specific dates visit the: u/Hub/dates

Payment Options – Domestic Australian students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. Further information within this Course Information Sheet

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Payment Options – International students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

Course study requirements Full Time: 3 years Part Time: 6 years

Full time = 3 x 12 week trimesters (per year)

Part time = 6 x 12 week trimesters (over two years)

No. of timetabled hours per week: Full time = 3 x 3hr classes per week.

Plus self-study < 30hrs total per week.

Part time = 2 x 3hr classes per week. Plus self-study < 20hrs total per week.

Assessment Each subject you complete includes 3 assessments on average. Assessments are mapped to specific subject learning outcomes and may include quizzes, written assignments, presentation, reflective journal, case analysis, literature review and practical exam.
Location ·      Fitzroy campus Melbourne

·      Pyrmont campus Sydney

·      Fortitude Valley campus Brisbane.

International students:

Campuses available are Brisbane and Sydney

Delivered by Torrens University Australia
Provider Torrens University Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CRICOS Course code 099642C
Provider obligations Torrens University Ltd is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015 Accrediting body Torrens University Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
Course Fees For details, refer to the online/fees Any other fees For details, refer to the y-online/fees
Admission Criteria
Applicants with higher education study ·        A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider


·        Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study ·        A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO)


·        Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO)

Applicants with work and life experience Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

·        broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g.

CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) with ATAR or equivalent

(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)

Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 60
English Language Proficiency

(applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

International Students

Equivalent IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5

Other admission options

(For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR)

Special Entry:

Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.

Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy.

  • Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions
  • Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)
  • Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2. For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see                                                                                                                  

ATAR profile:

Please note: This course is new and so the necessary ATAR data for the table below has not (yet) been obtained.

ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in [—-]

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds) ATAR (OP in QLD)

(Excluding adjustment factors) *

Highest rank to receive an offer 0
Median rank to receive an offer 0
Lowest rank to receive an offer 0

Notes: * L/N – indicates low numbers if less than 5 ATAR-based offers made

# N/P – indicates figure is not published if less than 25 ATAR-based offers made

Student profile:

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia. Please note: This course is new and so the necessary student profile data for the table below has not (yet) been obtained.

Applicant background

Semester one / Full year intake [—]
  Number of


Percentage of all


(A) Higher education study

(includes a bridging or enabling course)

0 0%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0%
(C) Recent secondary education:

·        Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the impact of

adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

0 0%
·        Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were


(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

0 0%
·        Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR

was not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

0 0%
(D) Work and life experience

(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)

0 0%
International students 0 0%
All students 0 0%

Notes:       “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than

5        students.

Where to get further information:

Torrens University: Torrens University is Australia’s global university and offers courses including business, design, hospitality, education and more!

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What you will learn:

Biological and social sciences, research, nutritional and clinical studies, alongside study in human nutrition,

nutritional science, food packaging, public health nutrition. Students will gain hands on experience at the Wellbeing Clinic under the guidance of experienced practitioners in a clinical setting treating public patients. This prepares graduates to confidently and successfully commence practice in the community.

Campus facilities and services

All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They

have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.

Facilities and Services include:

  • The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses, your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on ca
  • Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues
  • Student wireless access throughout the Campus
  • Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work
  • Student lounge areas – most with microwaves, fridge and kitchenette facilities
  • The Learning Hub, home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills Offi It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.
  • Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, and

Technology skills, both on campus and online.

  • Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
  • Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities
Success Coaches:

Our Success Coaches are industry and education experts who leverage your strengths to align your learning

with your broader life purpose. With a focus on career goals, and trained in Gallup Strength methodologies, your Success Coach will take a strengths-based approach to helping you set your learning and career goals.

Partnering with you for the duration of your studies, the Success Coach is here to make sense of all of the learning experiences, including readiness for and securing of work integrated learning, placements, internships and opportunities in internal enterprises. All of our coaches are industry professionals, which will give you that inside edge you’ll need to be successful in your chosen career.

Irrelevant of how you like to learn, our coaches are there for you. Coaching can take place online, or on campus. Our main priorities are to make sure that you are always well connected and motivated, that you are successfully completing your desired subjects, and that you gain valuable knowledge and experience through participation and engagement, whilst always aligning to your natural talents.

Paying for your qualification

We offer two payment options for this course:

1.      Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.

2.      FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

FEE-HELP website FEE-HELP booklets

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy

Course Structure and Rules:

To graduate from this course a student must satisfactorily complete 27 subjects. Each subject is worth 10 credit points for a course total of 270 credit points. A normal full-time study load would see a student complete 90 credit points per year. Each year is divided into three Study Periods or trimesters. Each subject includes 3 hours of teaching (e.g. classroom hours, tutorials, group work, online activities) and approximately 7 hours of self-directed study per week, totaling 10 hours of study per week per subject.

Course Structure and recommended sequence:

Year Level Type Subject Prerequisite Credit Points
YEAR 1 Study Period 1
100 Core BFD105 Biological Foundations Nil 10
100 Core HWEL2002 Understanding Health Nil 10
100 Core NUTR2001 Human Nutrition 1 Nil 10
Study Period 2
100 Core HSP101 Human Structure & Physiology 1 Nil 10
100 Core EBP107 Evidence-based Practice Nil 10
100 Core NUTR2004 Food Science, Systems & Policy Nil 10
Study Period 3
100 Core HSP102 Human Structure & Physiology 2 Prerequisite: HSP101 10
100 Core NUTR2002 Human Nutrition 2 Prerequisite: NUTR2001 10
100 Core NUTR2005 Lifespan Nutrition Prerequisite: NUTR2001 10

YEAR 2 Study Period 4
200 Core HSP201 Human Systems & Pathophysiology 1 Prerequisite: HSP102


200 Core HBC205 Human Biochemistry Prerequisite: BDF105


200 Core FAM203 Food as Medicine Prerequisite: NUTR2002


Study Period 5
200 Core HSP202 Human Systems & Pathophysiology 2 Prerequisite: HSP201


200 Core SCIE2006 Nutritional Biochemistry & Human Metabolism Prerequisite: HBC205






Pre-Clinical Studies 1

Co-requisite: HSP202



Study Period 6
200 Core CLA207 Clinical Assessment Prerequisite: HSP202






Nutritional Therapeutics 1

Prerequisite: SCIE2006 +






Pre-Clinical Studies 2

Prerequisite: PCS207

Co- requisites NUT208 + CLA207


YEAR 3 Study Period 7
300 Core Elective 1 Select one elective from the table below Refer to chosen elective 10




Nutritional Therapeutics 2

Prerequisite: NUT208

Co-requisite NCP302





Nutrition Clinical Practicum 1 Prerequisite: CLA302 +




  Study Period 8
300 Core DIP303 Integrated Pharmacology Prerequisite: HSP202


300 Core DCP409 Dietary Counselling & Planning Prerequisite: NUT301


300 Core NCP306 Nutrition Clinical Practicum 2 Prerequisite: NUT302


Study Period 9
300 Core PRP307 Professional Practice Nil 10
300 Core FNM408 Functional Nutritional Medicine Prerequisite: NUT301


300 Core NCP309 Nutrition Clinical Practicum 3 Prerequisite: NUT306


Please note – not all subjects are available for each Study Period. If your suggested subjects are unavailable, please take the subject that is immediately preceding or following that subject

Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition)

Subject Code Subject Name Prerequisite Credit points
HPR200 Health Promotion NUTR2005 + HWEL2002 10
NUTR2006 Diet & Disease NUTR2005 10
CLR308 Critical Literature Review EBP107 10
NUTR2007 Public Health Nutrition HWEL2002 10
NUTR2008 Special Populations Project HWEL2002 10


Subject Descriptions
BFD105 Biological Foundations

Biological Foundations explores the biological building blocks which make up the human body from the chemical level up to the cellular level. These essential chemistry concepts will assist with building relevant links to the study of human physiology in later subjects. The subject then explores the foundational studies in biochemistry which includes the structure and function of carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes, lipids, DNA and RNA. The concepts of gene expression and regulation are discussed in addition to the cellular membrane structure and transport through the membrane. The study of the biology of the human cell concludes this subject and upon completion equips students to commence study at the tissue level of structure and physiology subjects.

HWEL2002 Understanding Health

This subject provides students an introduction to the diversity of health theories and initiatives to improve health outcomes. Students will engage with key concepts including human right to health, social determinants of health, equality, equity and vulnerability. An introduction to Australia’s health system and intersectoral action will also be provided.

NUTR2001 Human Nutrition 1

Human Nutrition 1 (NUTR2001) provides a detailed and in-depth study of the macronutrients, protein, carbohydrates and lipids, as well as the water soluble vitamins and how these relate to human metabolism. Each individual macronutrient and water soluble vitamin is studied in regards to their composition, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake, factors contributing to excess states, and states of insufficiency and deficiency; and signs and symptoms associated with nutrient imbalances found in individuals and populations. Students will investigate how the management of these nutrients contribute to the public health agenda.

HSP101 Human Structure & Physiology 1

Human Structure & Physiology 1 introduces the basic concepts and terminologies required to study and understand the structure and function of the human body. This subject will build on the biological foundations by exploring the interaction and organisation of cells, tissues and organs which forms a basis to study the physiological integration of key body systems. The maintenance and regulation of the internal environment by homeostasis at a system level will be key to students understanding disruption and disease in later subjects. Key physiological and functional processes such as movement, metabolism, oxygenation and protection will be discussed, with body systems including the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory and cardiovascular system the focus of this subject. This subject will provide the first part of an evidence based foundational knowledge of human physiology to guide health practice.

EBP107 Evidence-based Practice

Evidence-based practice is an essential component of the exercise of clinical judgement in the delivery of quality healthcare. Students will also gain an understanding of how research evidence is translated into practice. This subject provides students with an introduction to health informatics, research and digital literacy, critical thinking and evidence-based practice. Students are guided through the skills necessary to locate, critique and interpret a research article for application to their practice.  They will become familiar with quantitative and qualitative evidence, research methodology, basic descriptive and inferential statistics and the foundational skills to be able to evaluate and appraise evidence in healthcare research.

NUTR2004 Food Science, Systems and Policy

Food Science, Systems and Policy (NUTR2004) examines the way in which food is produced, processed and distributed in Australia and globally. It provides students with an understanding of current practices and trends in primary production and food manufacturing and distribution. It also examines the laws governing food for sale and the politics of the food system and how these impact on public health initiatives as they relate to food security, sustainability and food deserts.

HSP102 Human Structure & Physiology 2

Human Structure & Physiology 2 will further develop knowledge of the structure and physiology of the human body with special attention given to the integration of human systems and beginning to explore the impact of disturbances in Homeostasis and disruption of normal function. The structure and function of the lymphatic, immune, digestive, nervous, endocrine, urinary, reproductive systems and the special senses are covered in detail including the homoeostatic control mechanisms of each system and the integration of the systems in the body. This subject builds on the knowledge and understandings of human structure and physiology, provides the foundation to look at disease, disorders and syndromes and their pathophysiology, in later subjects.

NUTR2002 Human Nutrition 2

Human Nutrition 2 (NUTR2002) provides a detailed and in-depth study of the micronutrients and how these relate to human metabolism. This subject provides students with underpinning knowledge about the correlation that exists between micronutrients and human physiology.  Each micronutrient’s structure, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake and therapeutic dose is studied. This subject also covers the factors contributing to, and symptoms associated with, states of excess, insufficiency and deficiency found in individuals and populations. The role of nutrition and lifestyle factors in the development of chronic disease is examined. Furthermore, students will be introduced to the concepts of genetically engineered food. They will discover how food-borne illnesses can be prevented and identify environmental contaminants in the food supply. This subject also explores the current scientific literature, enabling students to determine the appropriate use of dietary supplementation.

NUTR2005 Lifespan Nutrition

Lifespan Nutrition (NUTR2005) examines the range of nutritional requirements that impact populations, communities and individuals at particular life stages including pre-conception, pregnancy, during lactation, early childhood, adolescence, adulthood and ageing populations, as well as the specific issues affecting Indigenous communities, sports people and other at risk populations. This subject provides an overview of dietary patterns and eating habits by age group and dietary recommendations for optimal nutrition to maintain wellbeing at each life stage.

HSP201 Human Systems & Pathophysiology 1

Human Systems & Pathophysiology 1 is the first of two subjects that builds upon the foundational studies in Human Structure & Physiology and then expands student’s skills and knowledge into the area of pathophysiology and human disease process. Understanding the pathogenic process and the disruption of homeostasis in relation to disease will be important concepts, in the context of individual, community and population health.

This subject will cover:

–         Basic pathological processes in response to injury and growth abnormalities.

–         Immunology, toxicology, microbiology, and their characteristic diseases.

–         Pathophysiology, symptomatology and clinical manifestations for diseases of the gastrointestinal, neurological and cardiovascular systems.

–         Introduction to commonly used laboratory tests and interpretation of findings.

HBC205 Human Biochemistry

Human Biochemistry explains the processes of macromolecule metabolism, energy production and storage in the body. Included in this subject are the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids; the role of ATP and acetyl CoA in metabolism; oxidative phosphorylation, the electron transport chain, biosignaling and chemical communication. The concept of gene expression and regulation is also explored. Human Biochemistry provides healthcare practitioners a vital foundation on the basic macromolecules and genetic understandings essential for life. This knowledge will be built upon and expanded further in later subjects.

FA203 Food as Medicine

Food as Medicine (FAM203) introduces students to the concept that food can be used as a form of medicine to promote health and wellbeing and treat and prevent disease. This subject provides an overview of farming practices, food preparation, cooking and storage methods, as well as food manufacturing and processing techniques and their impacts on the nutritional value of foods. Students will investigate nutritional food-based science including the health effects of food additives, food safety and phytochemical toxicity. An in depth study of food evolution, historical, cultural and modern uses of food as medicine and the medicinal properties of food is also examined. The benefits and disadvantages of new dietary models are also explored. Students will explore the potential therapeutic function of food, the relationship of phytochemical constituents and disease, and their physiological effects on humans. Students will learn how to apply evidence based nutrition knowledge to illustrate the use of food as a therapeutic tool and provide food-based recommendations in health and disease.

HSP202 Human Systems & Pathophysiology 2

Human Systems & Pathophysiology 2 builds upon the concepts explored in Human Systems & Pathophysiology 1 and continues to expand student’s skills and knowledge in pathophysiology and the human disease process, in relation to individual, community and public health. The pathophysiology and symptomatology will be covered for various disease states of the musculoskeletal, integumentary, hematologic, pulmonary, endocrine, renal and reproductive systems. Conditions specific to gerontology and aging will also be considered.

General diagnostic approaches will be introduced and the commonly used laboratory tests and interpretation of such findings for the associated disorders and conditions will continue to be developed.

SCIE2006 Nutritional Biochemistry & Human Metabolism

Nutritional Biochemistry & Human Metabolism (SCIE2006) builds on concepts developed in human biochemistry and the foundations of nutritional science. The biochemical structure and function of macro and micronutrients and biochemical mechanisms associated with digestion, absorption, transport and storage are examined. The integration of biochemical mechanisms of nutrients with disease pathophysiology is explored. This subject also provides an in depth understanding of the microbiome, biological oxidation, inflammation, antioxidants, liver detoxification and neurotransmitter synthesis. Students will learn about nutritional genomics and epigenetics and how they relate to professional practice. The clinical relevance and importance of nutritional biochemistry for the nutritional management of major diseases is also emphasised.

PCS207 Pre-Clinical Studies 1

Pre-Clinical Studies 1 (PCS207) is the first of the two part series of Pre-Clinical subjects in which students observe clinical practice, learn effective communication and counselling skills and professional ethical practices. This subject reinforces evidence based practices and the principles and philosophies of natural medicine, which sets the basis for guiding students to progress and evolve through the development of critical thinking, case history taking skills and communicating holistic understanding, and the therapeutic plan in a workshop setting.

Students will complete a minimum of 25 hours of external observation over the trimester. Students will familiarise themselves with the day-to-day operation of clinical practice. They will observe practitioners and clients in consultation, undertake a range of administrative tasks and observe dispensaries in action. This provides an opportunity for the student to develop an awareness of the application of professional skills in a clinical setting. These skills are not only to do with the practice of complementary medicine but also clinical skills such as interpersonal relations, scope of practice, duty of care and ethical compliance business acumen and an appreciation of the Australian health care system.

CLA207 Clinical Assessment

Clinical Assessment builds on the theory of the Human Systems & Pathophysiology subjects and develops practical skills for clinical assessment and examination of the client. Skills for history taking, gathering clinical information, observing clinical manifestations, critically analyse signs and symptoms, identifying red flags, interpreting medical reports, pathology tests and diagnostic imaging are developed. Students will explore a range physical examination techniques using appropriate equipment to reach primary and differential diagnoses. Students will develop and practice skills in effective communication, respecting clients’ privacy, work health and safety concerns as well as the need for referral to other health care practitioners in a professional manner.

NUT301 Nutritional Therapeutics 1

Nutritional Therapeutics 1 (NUT208) is the first of a two part series in which students begin to integrate their health science and human nutrition knowledge for the dietary and nutritional management of particular health conditions. Students will analyse and critically evaluate the evidence and examine specific body systems and associated health conditions to develop treatment approaches in a case based learning environment. The digestive, hepatobiliary, neurological, immune, respiratory systems and conditions affecting the special senses including the eyes and ears will be examined.

PCS209 Pre-Clinical Studies 2

Following on from Pre-Clinical Studies 1 (PCS207), students will apply their theoretical and practical knowledge of case taking, holistic, biomedical and therapeutics to conduct critical case analysis and management through the use of holistic evidence based principles, clinical examination skills, and techniques to implement appropriate therapeutic strategies and prescriptions in a simulated clinic environment. Students will refine interpersonal skills including patient counselling and develop their capacity to give and receive constructive feedback. Throughout the subject, students will reflect and develop their practitioner persona for future clinical practice. Students will also build on their understanding of clinical practice by undertaking 25 hours of clinical observation in the Student Clinic.

NUT301 Nutritional Therapeutics 2

Nutritional Therapeutics 2 (NUT301) builds upon Nutritional Therapeutics 1 (NUT208) in which students begin to integrate health science and human nutrition knowledge for the dietary and nutritional management of particular health conditions. Students will analyse and critically evaluate the evidence and examine specific body systems and associated health conditions to develop treatment approaches in a case based learning environment. The endocrine, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, reproductive, urinary and renal, and dermatological systems will be examined. Pediatric conditions and HIV and Aids will also be reviewed.

NCP302 Nutrition Clinical Practicum 1

In Nutrition Clinical Practicum 1, students are required to undertake 50 hours of clinical practicum working in a public student clinic. Students are paired with another student practitioner and are introduced to the operations of the clinic. Students will begin to manage patients, records and equipment, and undertake basic patient assessment and will learn how to safely dispense nutritional prescriptions under the strict direct supervision of an experienced clinical supervisor. No diagnosis or treatment will be made until the supervisor has determined the appropriateness of diagnosis and treatment proposed. In this practicum students are required to begin integrating all the theoretical and practical studies undertaken throughout the course in a public student clinic setting. This clinical experience provides the basic clinical framework for professional practice. For each presenting case, clinical practicum students are required to take a detailed history, conduct relevant assessment, critical analyse data the collected, to compose a holistic diagnostic understanding, construct therapeutic treatment aims, identify interactions, define mechanisms of action of selected nutritionals and propose a therapeutic prescription. Students are expected to act professionally, assure patients safety and demonstrate an awareness for scope of practice. In addition, further integration and research is undertaken through the use of targeted case study, analysis and presentation subsequent to case presentation to the clinical supervisor. Students continue to develop their reflective practice keeping logs for each case and clinic session.

DIP303 Integrated Pharmacology

Integrated Pharmacology comprises a study of basic principles of pharmacology, the pharmacokinetics of drugs commonly used in medical practice and common interactions between drugs and natural remedies. Drugs for pain, inflammation, infection, mental health, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, reproductive and endocrine systems are discussed. Drug actions, uses, contraindications, adverse effects and interactions with natural remedies are discussed, together with implications for naturopathic, nutritional and western herbal medicine prescribing. This subject is crucial for the modern healthcare practitioner to understand common medications that patients may be taking and common interactions between these medications and natural remedies. This subject also emphasises the need for clear lines of communication and common language between doctors and complementary healthcare practitioners in order to obtain the best health outcomes for clients.

DCP409 Dietary Counselling & Planning

This subject is a core subject for final year students in the Bachelor of Health Science Clinical Nutrition and an elective for the Bachelor of Health Science Naturopathy and Bachelor of Health Science Western Herbal Medicine students. This subject will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct thorough nutritional assessment and construct therapeutic dietary interventions in clinically specific disease states. This subject will also provide students with the fundamental skills in communication and counselling techniques to be used when consulting and effectively communicating with culturally diverse groups and patients. Students will learn the counselling and education skills required to implement behavioural change in professional practice as Health Practitioners.

NCP206 Nutrition Clinical Practicum 2

Nutrition Clinical Practicum 2, students are required to undertake 100 hours of clinical practicum providing students with the opportunity to practice, consolidate and extend the fundamental client management and clinical skills acquired in Nutritional Clinical Practicum 1. In addition, students are required to focus upon their time management and clinic promotion skills. Students are enabled to work more independently during the critical case analysis phase, however, will continue to be closely monitored and supervised by the supervising practitioner. For each presenting case, Nutrition Clinical Practicum 2 students are required to take a detailed history, conduct relevant assessment, critical analyse data the collected, to compose a holistic diagnostic understanding, construct therapeutic treatment aims, identify interactions, define mechanisms of action of selected nutritionals and propose a therapeutic prescription. Students are expected to act professionally, assure patients safety and demonstrate an awareness of practice limitations at all times. No diagnosis or treatment will be made until the supervisor has determined the appropriateness of diagnosis and treatment proposed.  In addition, further integration and research is undertaken through the use of targeted case study, analysis and presentation subsequent to cases presentation to the clinical supervisor. Students continue to develop their reflective practice keeping logs/journals for each case and clinic session.

PRP307 Professional Practice

Professional Practice comprises the basic skills needed for the operation and management of a complementary healthcare practice and provides an understanding of the legal and ethical requirements that are pertinent to the complementary healthcare practitioner. This subject explores business strategies including operating policy and procedures, marketing and networking strategies, leadership duties and administrative and financial issues. Also included in this subject is ethical conduct, liability, legal and regulatory topics.

FNM408 Functional Clinical Nutrition

This final year subject builds on and further integrates the concepts introduced in Nutritional Therapeutics 1 and 2. Students will explore the evidence base for advanced clinical nutrition and extend their knowledge of therapeutic mechanisms and application of nutrients and phytochemicals through a functional and integrated systems approach. Foetal programming, mitochondrial dysfunction, genetic polymorphisms, neurological, metabolic, and inflammatory disease, and cancer will be explored. Students will continue to learn how to devise comprehensive nutritional therapeutic strategies with an emphasis on complex health conditions. In this subject, students will be expected to integrate knowledge from Clinical Assessment, Research & Evidence Based Practice and Nutritional therapeutics to provide clinically informed decisions in developing nutrition interventions for complex clinical cases.

NCP309 Nutrition Clinical Practicum 3

In this final Nutrition Clinical Practicum unit, students are required to undertake 100 hours of clinical practicum. Students are expected to operate independently, and demonstrate the capacity to work with clients with a range of more complex health needs with limited guidance. Students are expected to ensure their treatment approaches are informed by contemporary research and integrate relevant cultural, religious, gender, linguistic and social aspects of their clients into clinical decision making to ensure optimal client outcomes. Students are required to consistently demonstrate research & critical thinking skills, reflective practice   and communicate clearly their insights to the clinical supervisor. Students will undergo an OSCE at the end of the trimester to assess their level of skill to effectively conduct a client consultation, including a detailed client assessment and treatment to successful passing this final clinical unit. This will be undertaken under the supervision of experienced clinicians.

Elective: HPR200 Health Promotion

This subject provides students with the knowledge and understanding of health promotion concepts within various settings within Australia. Students are introduced to the key theories and concepts regarding behavioural change as it relates to health status. This subject provides students with the opportunity to integrate their counselling and nutrition knowledge to devise and assess health promotion interventions.

Elective: NUTR2006 Diet & Disease

In this subject students will explore the relationship between diet and nutrition. With a focus on major non-communicable diseases and vulnerable populations, students will explore nutrition related disease states and the role of nutritional interventions from a population and community perspective and how these impact on disease in society, and policy. Major non-communicable health conditions including obesity, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease will be explored.

Elective: CLR403 Critical Literature Review

In this subject students write a literature review on a topic of their choice, which must examine a clinical aspect of their specialty. The emphasis is on presenting and critically evaluating current literature by searching for and appraising the literature, and writing a clear and fully referenced literature review. Students will be expected to present a proposal early in the trimester, and a full literature review by the end of the trimester. The in class experience is practical in nature where the students are provided a collaborative environment to cover the process of writing a literature review, ask questions and receive feedback on their own projects.

NUTR2007 Public Health Nutrition

This subject introduces the essential components of public health nutrition, exploring policies, priorities, programs and practice which assist in health promotion and disease prevention through nutritional interventions in communities and populations. Students will build on the skills and knowledge to appraise political, environmental, social and economic influences on public health nutrition goals and practice. Students will identify and evaluate the major local and global public health nutrition issues affecting societies today, and be able to apply policy, practical theory and models, and frameworks for the development of programs and interventions to improve population health though nutrition. Students will develop the know- how to assess the nutritional needs of populations, and the ability to plan, implement and evaluate public health nutrition initiatives to positively affect health.

NUTR2008 Special Populations Project

This subject allows students to undertake a research project within a special population of their choice, focusing on an issue which is allied to or impacted by nutrition. This unit is the equivalent to a capstone unit, drawing together the learning of the core public health curriculum with the nutrition specialism to allow students to apply all their learning and skills to a project of their choice, generating an outcome they can evidence in pursuit of the preferred career choice.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What if I haven’t studied in a long time?

It is perfectly natural to feel nervous about starting a new course. TU have a proud tradition of delivering academic excellence and practical training in a nurturing and supportive environment.  The Schools have a diverse student community with people from all walks of life, including young adults and mature age students, as more and more people seeking an exciting career in health and complementary medicine.

Are the teachers practitioners?

Yes. Many of the country’s leading practitioners are on staff, all with substantial experience in their respective areas of expertise. We are passionate about what we do, and constantly seek new and innovative ways to teach the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills needed for excellence in complementary medicine.

I’m not sure which course is right for me?

If you are not sure which path to follow, you can start the Higher Education Diploma of Health Science or the Diploma of Nutrition provided by Torrens University. Successful completion guarantees you entry in to any of the Bachelor of Health Science programs, with varying levels of subject exemption depending on your subject choice. Contact the Course and Careers Advisor to discuss your course options and career goals.

What is a Clinical Nutritionist?

A Clinical Nutritionist has completed a tertiary qualification in evidence-based clinical nutritional management, food as medicine, nutritional support for disease and lifespan conditions, vitamin and supplements in health, food science and public health. The main role of a Clinical Nutritionist is to coach patients by assessing their biochemical individuality to achieve optimal health. They will provide information and advice about health, nutriceuticals and food choices and assist in the process of recording and monitoring successful health outcomes.

For more information about Nutritionists, please go to the Nutrition Australia website:

What are Clinical Nutritionists trained to do?

Clinical Nutritionists have specific training in a range of services. The main focus is addressing individual nutritional health to reach optimal levels. They are also educated in areas of public health nutrition, lifespan nutrition and combating nutritional deficiencies in various health states. Clinical Nutritionists may plan, coordinate and orchestrate a range of population health interventions to educate and inform on better food and nutrition in the general population.

What are the career outcomes for the course?

There are many work options for you as a qualified Clinical Nutritionist. If you choose to study for a clinical career in Nutrition, we prepare you for this with an immersive clinic experience here on campus; with real clients and practitioner-only nutraceuticals. Outside of the clinical space, other career outcomes might include; health writer, nutrition educator, nutrition researcher, product developer, health and wellbeing expert, nutrition blogger, practitioner consultant to industry, sales representative for health companies, or working for public policy/government, indigenous health, corporate nutrition, and so much more.


What are the Employment Opportunities like?

The rapid growth of the natural medicine industry is largely due to a growing demand from the public, with reportedly more than 70% of Australians using herbal or complementary medicines. One reason for this growth is a strong desire from people to take greater control of their own health and wellbeing. There is a continually growing demand for highly trained practitioners who can work in various settings such as complementary clinics, medical clinics, health retreats, health food stores, research, education and self-employment. Furthermore many students have gone on to set up their own successful clinics, undertaken postgraduate study, worked overseas, published journals and books, and worked voluntarily to give something back to the community. All of our degrees meet industry association requirements in their chosen areas, so students can register to become a member of professional associations.

What is the difference between a food coach, Nutritionist and Dietitian?

As a qualified Clinical Nutritionist, coaching is part of your role in helping individuals to decipher information about how and what they should eat. The concept of a Food Coach is to support individuals to incorporate healthy eating choices, learn appropriate cooking methods, and navigate the supermarket aisles with confidence in reading food labels and comparing products.  A Food Coach should also be a qualified Nutritionist or Dietitian to ensure the support being provided is backed by a sound understanding of human physiology and the latest research in nutrition. Nutritionists and Dietitians provide similar services in the provision of nutritional support to individuals, communities and public health programs.  Accredited Dietitians are recognised by Medicare where further studies have enabled nutritionally related diagnosis and medically prescribed diets.

What’s the difference between a Bachelor of Nutrition or a Bachelor Health Science Clinical Nutrition?

The Bachelor of Health Science Clinical Nutrition qualifications offered at SSNT and ACNT are identical with the main focus being a clinical or public facing clinical nutrition educational qualification. The Bachelor of Nutrition  opens opportunities for graduates to enter Public Health Nutrition, further research into food technology and epidemiology and non-clinical applications of nutritional knowledge.

After completing my course, can I develop eating plans for my clients?

Clinical Nutrition qualifications educate on the various software programs to evaluate and educate clients on nutritionally replete diets.

What is the job market like for Nutritionists? 

The job market for tertiary educated Clinical Nutritionists has become more open in the last decade.  Both in corporate and private companies there are opportunities to work both nationally and internationally. Many Clinical Nutritionists choose private practice but they may also find employment in a number of other roles including quality and nutrition coordinators, social media, blogging, media spokesperson, research, public health and health promotion lecturing, food technology, and more. Employment prospects, market growth and average salary for Nutritionists are available from JobOutlook:



How can I gain additional practicum and field related work experience?

Volunteer opportunities are a great way to broaden your skills and learn more about the application of nutrition principles across the broader community.  Nutrition Australia has local offices in each state to contact and discuss which opportunities may best suite your interests.


Bioceuticals offers an internship program that runs for eight weeks each year. This is a great way to gain experience across the process of regulation, formulating, and manufacturing of nutritional supplements.


Laura Sitter Nutrition offers opportunities for new nutrition graduates and current students who are looking to gain knowledge and industry experience working alongside a qualified, accredited nutritionist. The program includes clinical experience observing consultations, assisting in food plan preparation and case analysis as well as learning the logistics of starting your own business – marketing, social media, practitioner connections and the legal requirements for you as a qualified nutritionist to start practicing. Visit:

Other organizations are available for volunteer opportunities. Contact your local council and find out about the local volunteer resource centre. You could also contact;

There are private clinics that offer internships for students aiming to expand their skills in a clinical setting.  You may need to pay for these programs, contact a registered Nutritionist in your area for opportunities.  Some examples include;

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