Online Education Reporter > Online Nutritionist Courses
|These days everyone is interested in living and eating healthily and they need expert advice to do these right. Nutritionists are therefore in big demand - to analyze people's nutritional needs, to plan healthy and nourishing diets, and provide diets for people with special needs.
Nutritionists work either in hospitals, clinics or community health centers, or either in private practice, helping clients who come to them for advice in improving their menus.
To work as a nutritionist or dietician, you need a professional certificate, which you can obtain through your local college or private nutritional school, or through online nutritional courses.
Online nutritional courses are like correspondence courses in nutrition but they are delivered to you over the Internet rather than by the postal service.
As such, they are a great opportunity for you if you are a work-at-home mom or if you are busy in your current regular job and cannot attend your local college in person. Online courses are available to everyone with a personal computer and an internet connection in their home. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you can study at a time that suits your routine and responsiblities. You can even study nutition at 1 am!
Good online nutrition courses are fully accredited by educational authorities and are taught by fully qualified and experienced teachers. They instruct you in all the essential topics in a logical, step-by-step manner. At the end of the course you will graduate with a certificate or diploma that is equally respected and accepted by employers as diplomas is issued to students who have attended regular college that requires personal, on campus attendances each day.
Of course, some skills and knowledge in the field of nutrition need to be personally observed and practiced in the presence of your teacher. For this reason there a couple of intensive, "hands on" weekends per semester which give the student a full program of diet observation, food preparation and diet planning experiences in a clinic or hospital environment under the supervision of nutrition and dietetic professionals.
Studying nutrition and dietary practices online is by text, video and powerpoint presentations, and by quizzes and other fun methods -- which you can review or watch as many times as necessary until you are confident that you understand it completely. It also uses email and instant messaging between you and your teacher so that any points that you do not understand can be quickly explained and clarified.
Assignments are submitted via the Internet and then returned with assessments and grades by your teacher, again via the Internet.
Some key topics that are covered by accredited online nutrition courses include: nutrition, energy and dietary practice, dietary analysis, food technology, nutritional planning, nutrients, weight loss, sports nutrition, exercise physiology, pediatric nutrition, and nutrition for older adults.
The secret for students studying nutrition via the Internet is to have self motivation, discipline and commitment. Most people find that studying nutition online is challenging and fun, and they are delighted when they graduate and become qualifed for an interesting, fulfilling and well-paid career as a nutritionist.
Author: David Paul Wagner
(David Paul Wagner on Google+)