The Dietetic Technicians are qualified to: organize and coordinate specific activities related to nutrition and dietetics, in particular to cooperate with food safety and hygiene organizations, cooperate with other professionals in the multi–disciplinary treatment of food disorders.
This Bachelor Degree course has as its primary objective the preparation of the students to the profession of Dietetic Technician, that is to say the healthcare worker appropriately skilled to carry out the activities for a correct application of nutrition and food intake, including the educational aspects and the cooperation in implementing food policies accordingly to current laws.
The course targets students from any educational background, with an interest in healthcare and scientific disciplines on the one hand, and in pedagogical-relational features on the other hand.
In addition to good organizational and relational skills, students need to have an inclination to listen and interpret patients’ issues, as well as a certain ability to critically analyse both individual and community problems so to identify the most suitable solutions.
Student’s profile includes also the aptitude for collaboration with other professionals when defining network intervention plans.
The Dietetic Technician Bachelor’s Degree (Honours), (MFQ: Level 6, Mode of Study: Full-time, Duration: 4 years, ECTS: 240, Language: Italian-English, issued by UCM United Campus of Malta HEI Foundation, is accredited by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education and is based on the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF).
The Malta Qualifications Framework is mapped against:
– the European Qualification Framework (EQF);
– the Qualifications Frameworks in the European Higher Education Area (QF/EHEA);
– the Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF).
The UCM graduate in Dietetic Technician will also have the faculty of requesting the recognition of the professional qualification to the national regulatory bodies for the exercise and qualification of the profession, if he/she wishes to exercise the profession outside the Maltese territory. In this respect, each State may, at its discretion, request a traineeship supplement or a supplementary examination or other (See Directive 2005/36/EC and Directive 2013/55/ EU).
The UCM in Dietetic Technician -graduate who wanted to work in Italy will also have the faculty of:
a)requesting the academic recognition of the qualification (obtaining the corresponding Italian qualification) from an Italian University of preference (pursuant to art. 2, Law 148/2002 of the Italian Law).
b)requesting non-academic recognition in Italy for access to public competitions from the Presidency of the Council of Ministers – Department of Public Administration – P.P.A. Office (pursuant to Art. 38 of Legislative Decree 165/2001 and Art. 2 of Presidential Decree 189/2009 of the Italian regulatory framework).
The student owns an advanced knowledge of the living systems, in particular of man, interpreting them in a molecular and cellular level. Understands the physiological and biochemical causes of pathological processes that develop in children, adults and the elderly. Concerning prevention and treatment of diseases, he/she knows the Process for Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, the overall aims of dietary management and knows how to analyse and critically evaluate information gathered in order to identify nutritional needs and achieve a diagnosis.
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