Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist

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A clinical nutritionist uses food and science to help people improve their health. If this is a field you're interested and you want to use your knowledge to help others, a a degree in clinical nutrition might be a good choice for you.

High school students who want to major in clinical nutrition should take courses in chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, and algebra to prepare for their freshman year of college. The core courses of a clinical nutrition program are focused on science and math, so if you're skilled in these subjects, you'll be ready to tackle university classes head on.

The clinical nutrition program is a combination of clinical practice and classroom instruction. Some of the subjects students will receive instruction in include microbiology, chemistry, and biology. You'll also study food science, biostatics, and nutrition. Your clinical practice, which will be done under the supervision of a registered dietitian, will give you the opportunity to practice the skills such as documenting patient information, developing meal plans, and examining patients. Take as many opportunities as possible to do clinical practice; the more hours of real-world experience a student has, the better their job prospects are after graduation.

Depending on your career interests, you could find yourself working in a variety of roles. Clinical nutritionists are often found working in hospitals, senior living communities, rehabilitation facilities, or private practices.

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