Tuesday, 25 June 2013

I was considering an online nutrition course...

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Was being the operative word. 

From previous blog post's and my fitness inspiration page you maybe aware that I like to learn about nutrition. How our bodies work and how we can take care of them is really fascinating to me. I came across a few places online which offer nutritionist course's, so I thought i'd take a look into them.

It's disappointing to say that i'm pretty sure, after lots of research they are a con, or at the very least, a total rip off (£300-400?!) especially when thinking of future career paths.


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A Diet and Nutritional Advisor diploma. What's covered? Scroll to the bottom of this post for the full list, and note the word "basic" and the sneaky filler topic's of 'summary', 'outcomes' & 'expectations' which don't hold new information to be learnt.

The online course has an assessment before you become "qualified", which I noticed doesn't have an awarding body. After digging I found that you send it to an ' online tutor' whoever that maybe, for marking.

The Association for Nutrition states "In order to register [as a nutritionist] you need to be able to demonstrate that you meet the underpinning knowledge and professional skills required. Usually this would require you to have obtained at least a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition or related bioscience degree, or to demonstrate significant professional experience (usually around seven years) if you do not have a nutrition degree."

A far cry from the 140 hours estimated study time to cover all information in the online course. To stress the point, to become qualified requires a degree, not a diploma(!).

Plus, the information offered, can be found online for free. Some example's: Nutritionist Resource and Nutrition Society or general google's which will link to abundant nutrition sites and fitness and nutritional inspiration blog's.

Anybody could create this course and design a certificate in Microsoft Publisher and send it out to you. I could design one now, if I wanted!

Also, it doesn't count for any UCAS point's whatsoever, which is a key indicator of it's worth. 

So, at the end of the course, you are not qualified and can't use this as a stepping stone to Uni. Oh, and don't forget you will be £400 out of pocket! Even with promotional offer's it doesn't make it worth it. It's simply a waste of time.

Please don't be conned by these people, if you are keen to learn more and become a professional, and reputable nutritionist/dietitian to society, take a look into Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Nutrition or a closely related bio science e.g. health & nutrition, Human Nutrition, Public Health & Nutrition, instead.

On the other hand, please don't be paying somebody who claims to be a nutritionist who only has a diploma in their back pocket, and barely one at that.


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Course Contents
Diet and Nutrition Introduction
Learning Outcomes
Course Outline
UNIT 1 Basic Anatomy and Physiology
Learning Outcomes
Circulatory System
Digestive System
Excretory System
Nervous System
Respiratory System
Working Together
Organization of Remaining Units
Getting the Most Out of this Course
Summary
Enhance Your Learning
Quiz
UNIT 2 The Digestive Process
Learning Outcomes
Understanding Digestion
The Organs of Digestion
Digestion and Nutrition
Summary
Enhance Your Learning
Quiz
UNIT 3 Human Nutrition and the Importance of Vitamins
Learning Outcomes
Vitamins and the Human Body
General Adaption Syndrome
Summary
Enhance Your Learning
Quiz
UNIT 4 Minerals and Water
Learning Outcomes
Minerals in the Body
The Role of Water in the Body
Summary
Enhance Your Learning
Quiz
UNIT 5 Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats
Learning Outcomes
Carbohydrates
Protein
Fats
Summary
Enhance Your Learning
Quiz
UNIT 6 The Concepts of Healthy Eating and Weight Management
Learning Outcomes
Understanding Weight Gain
Risk Factors of Obesity
Losing Weight
Summary
Enhance Your Learning
Quiz
UNIT 7 - Tips for Compiling Eating Programmes
Learning Outcomes
Fat Storage
Encouraging Lifestyle Change
Tips for Client Consultation
Summary
Enhance Your Learning
Quiz
UNIT 8 Metabolism and Exercise
Learning Outcomes
The Characteristics of the Metabolism
Overview of the Six Nutrient Groups
The Five Food Groups
The Impact of Exercise
Summary
Enhance Your Learning
Quiz
UNIT 9 Allergies and Intolerances
Learning Outcomes
Food Allergies and Intolerances
Determining Intolerance through Elimination Diets
Summary
Enhance Your Learning
Quiz
UNIT 10 The Yeast Menace
Learning Outcomes
Yeast and the Human Body
Treating Yeast Issues
Summary
Enhance Your Learning
Quiz
UNIT 11 Food Combining and Supplements
Learning Outcomes
The Value of Fruit in the Human Diet
Food Combining
Summary
Enhance Your Learning
Quiz
UNIT 12 Food Cravings
Learning Outcomes
The Biology and Psychology of Food Cravings
What People Crave
Reducing Food Cravings
Summary
Enhance Your Learning
Quiz
UNIT 13 Disease States
Learning Outcomes
Arthritis and Nutrition
Dietary Concerns of Asthma
Heart Disease and Nutrition
Diabetes and the Human Diet
The Role of Nutrition in Recovering from a Cold
Summary
Enhance Your Learning
Quiz
UNIT 14 Consulting with Vegetarians
Learning Outcomes
Understanding Vegetarianism
Nutritional Considerations for the Vegetarian
Summary
Enhance Your Learning
Quiz
Assessment

3 comments :

  1. Such great advice mashallah! There are too many people being conned by online courses :(

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  2. Just came upon your blog post, it's true and sad how easy someone can call themselves a nutritionist. I am an Associate Nutritionist, I successfully completed a 3 year degree in Human Nutrition at London Met Uni, and am now registered with the Association for Nutrition. I have to practice for 3 yrs to become a fully registered nutritionist (2 yrs down, 1 to go). There are currently petitions going round to make 'Nutritionist' a protected title, which I am praying for, Inshallah.

    Mashallah loving your blog, :-)

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