The Clinical Nutrition program (CLNP) at the College of Applied Medical Sciences (COAMS) is a clinically focused program that integrates biomedical and nutrition sciences to develop a deep understanding of clinical nutrition therapy. The College adopted (with modifications) the Clinical Nutrition program of The University of Oklahoma in the USA. This program aims to enhance knowledge of the biochemical principles of human nutrition in relation to health, disease, and disease prevention. The goal of the program is to educate dietetic professionals in the application and interpretation of nutrition science, preparing them for careers as dietitians in various healthcare settings. Additionally, the program aims to provide graduates with a deep understanding of Clinical Nutrition through evidence-based knowledge and intellectual skills, encouraging them to become independent advanced practitioners and researchers. The Bachelor of Clinical Nutrition program is a four-year program followed by a one-year internship, where students gain clinical training in hospitals specializing in clinical nutrition. Throughout the program, students study subjects such as nutritional biochemistry, nutritional assessment, medical ethics, nutrition physical examination, and advanced medical nutrition therapy. Under the guidance of faculty mentors, students complete a research project, analyze data, and present their findings both in written and oral formats.
College College of Applied Medical Sciences.
Campus Female Campus
Degree BSc (Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition)
Gender Female Only
Years of study 5 years (Includes Pre-Professional and Internship years)
Credit Hours 138
Phase I: Pre-Professional
Students from all Health Science Colleges attend the first three semesters together. The students are offered intensive English language courses throughout these semesters to strengthen their English language. This phase also introduces students to the basic concepts of general and medical science that are needed for higher-level education in the Health Sciences. Arabic language skills, Islamic values, and Medical ethics are also taught in the first semester. In the second semester, courses in Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physics for health sciences are offered. In the second academic year, courses in Biochemistry, Behavioral Sciences, Biostatic and Introduction to Evidence-based Medicine, Computer Sciences, and Informatics are offered during the third semester. During the fourth semester, students will study Anatomy and Physiology, Principles of Diseases, Basic Pharmacology, Medical Ethics, and Patient Safety and Health Profession Education. At this point, students also begin to take courses in their specialty area as the Introduction to Clinical Nutrition will be offered to the students of this program.
This phase of the program is conducted at the College of Applied Medical Sciences. This two years study plan covers specialized course in the Clinical Nutrition field such as; Nutritional Biochemistry, Nutritional Assessment, Food & Nutrition Service Management, Adult Weight Management and Medical Nutrition Therapy. Students will have also to work with Chief of Nutrition department, Dieticians and Diet technicians during field experience courses.
Requirements for transferred students from other Clinical Nutrition programs
Students from nationally or internationally accredited universities or clinical nutrition programs are eligible to transfer to KSAU-HS Clinical Nutrition program. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the basic requirements set by the university and have successfully completed all the necessary prerequisite courses or credit hours. The transfer process to the program involves several steps and regulations. For further information on the specific requirements, please refer to Chapter 6 of The Executive Regulations of the Study and Examinations Bylaw Executive Summary.
Clinical Nutrition Internship Program
Besides the curriculum study plan and after completing the required credit hours for graduation, one year dietetic internship is necessary for practicing Clinical Nutrition in KSA to meet the requirements of Saudi Council for Health Specialities. King Abdulaziz Medical City will host the students from the Clinical Nutrition Program after the successful completion of 4years of the Clinical Nutrition Program.
The Clinical Nutrition Internship Program of the College of Applied Medical Sciences is a 12-month, full time program with a nutrition therapy emphasis. It provides the necessary structure, guidance, and support to facilitate the development of each intern as he or she moves towards greater autonomy, and gains the skills, knowledge, and confidence to master increasingly complex tasks and decisions during the course of the training year. The program follows a Competency-Based Model of learning and skill acquisition structure. By the end of the internship year, interns are expected to be ready to function as autonomous Nutrition therapy practitioner with advanced level of competency in all professional areas.
The Saudi Commission for Health Specialist (SCFHS) License
Following the internship year, students must take the Saudi Clinical Nutrition Licensure Examination (SCNLE) in order to be a registered dietitian. For more information on the SCNLE, click on the link below:
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