Nutritive therapist – Field of study catalogue MU
“Let your food be your medicine”
The aim of the study programme is to train nutritional therapists who will be able to act independently in preventive care, patient care, and the field of nutrition in general in all age groups. Graduates of the Nutrition Therapist Bachelor's study programme are ready to work within the scope of practice set for their profession.
After completing the programme, graduates will be able to work in the following areas: food service management, where they are responsible for providing nutritionally appropriate, high-quality diet for both healthy and ill individuals and groups in institutions or community facilities; planning, education, supervision, and evaluation with regard to a clinically recommended dietary schedule contributing to the restoration of a client’s or patient’s functional nutritional health; and health promotion and formulation of policies that help support the choice of foods in both individuals and groups with the aim of maintaining or supporting their nutritional health and minimizing the risks of diseases associated with nutrition.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- Apply the process of nutritional care, i.e. to determine nutritional diagnosis and provide intervention, monitoring, and evaluation.
- Apply acquired knowledge and skills in specific circumstances.
- Promote early discharge of patients through his/herwork, reducing the length of hospitalization by providing individual nutritional care.
- Educate patients and inform healthcare and food services professionals about changes in nutritional procedures for individual patients and make sure they are implemented.
- Develop specialized information materials, papers, and posters in the area of nutrition.
- Provide information about the role of adequate nutrition in disease prevention and treatment.
Graduates of this programme are aware of the current trends and developments in healthcare. They know and adhere to the legislation relevant for their profession and work.
They are able to work as a part of a multidisciplinary team in departments or other organization units as well as in the field. They engage in professional collaboration at all levels of prevention and nutritional therapy.
A nutritional therapist is ready to work in hospitals, spas, sanatoriums, institutions providing residential care, restaurants and canteens, schools, hotels, and educational institutions.
Graduates can provide professional evaluations of new food products as well as professional consulting services to various institutions and private companies. They are also able to assess suitable ways of food production within the food industry with regard to the distribution of specific diseases in the population.
The Bachelor’s degree programme is designed so that after completing their studies, graduates are qualified to work in both state and private health care institutions according to section 14 of Act no. 96/2004 Coll.
The standard length of the study programme is six semesters. To be admitted to the final state examination, students must obtain a total of 180 ECTS credits + 30 credits for practical training.
During the course of their studies, students follow the course catalogue for their year of matriculation. They can access the relevant course catalogue through the faculty website.
Supervised practical training is an obligatory part of the curriculum for this programme. Students must complete 480 hours of practical training (both individual and group training) starting from their third semester after passing courses in nursing, education techniques for nutritional therapists, and technology of food preparation.
Practical training is spread out over four semesters. There are three types (areas) of training. The first type of practical training takes place in nutrition counselling centres and focuses on individual counselling services for healthy as well as ill clients. The second type of training takes place in hospital kitchens, clinics, and counselling centres. And in their last semester, students focus on group or community nutrition practice.
The comprehensive final state examination is defined by the programme curriculum and includes the following areas: theoretical principles of nutrition, preventive nutrition, clinical nutrition and dietetics, and nursing.
To pass the final state examination, students also need to defend their Bachelor's theses.
After completing their Bachelor's studies and fulfilling the admission requirements, students can enrol in the Dietitian Master's degree programme and specialize in Adult Nutrition or Child Nutrition.