Certification Resources

Preparing for your certification exam? ASPEN offers a wide range of resources to help you focus your preparation. Browse the resources below to see which are best for your learning style.


Adult Core 2

The ASPEN Adult Nutrition Support Core Curriculum, 2nd Edition

Editor-in-Chief: Charles M. Mueller, PhD, RD, CNSD. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 2012.

This book is an essential practice-oriented professional resource and certification study tool for all professionals involved in nutrition support for the adult patient. It provides in-depth knowledge of the core science (why) and core  practical (how  to) nutrition support principles for the adult patient, in alignment with the contemporary format of problem-based learning. To effectively engage the reader in this type of active learning, each chapter provides  evidence-based, didactic background information that is supported by practical clinical scenarios. The diverse backgrounds of the editors and authors, including research (scientist), clinical practice, education, and advocacy, enhance the Adult Core's usefulness in translating the science of nutrition support to its clinical application.

PedsCore2 The ASPEN Pediatric Nutrition Support Core Curriculum, 2nd Edition 

Editor: Mark R. Corkins, MD, CNSP, SPR, FAAP. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 2015. 

The ASPEN Pediatric Nutrition Support Core Curriculum, 2nd Edition focuses on the pediatric patient and the importance of nutrition to the growth and development of children. It is written with an interdisciplinary evidence-based approach and is designed to meet the  educational needs of any discipline involved in the nutrition care of pediatric patients.

EN Handbook

ASPEN Enteral Nutrition Handbook

Editors: Joseph Boullata, PharmD, RPh, BCNSP; Liesje Nieman Carney, RD, CNSD, LDN; Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN, CNSN. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 2010. 

The ASPEN Enteral Nutrition Handbook is a comprehensive resource on how to safely, effectively, and confidently care for patients receiving enteral nutrition. The clinician will find everything needed for  positive patient outcomes, including  step-by-step techniques based on the most current research and a wide variety of practical tools to save time and boost quality of care. The Handbook’s best practices format,  multidisciplinary perspective, and training expertise  offers  something  for everyone from novice to the advanced practitioner.

PN Handbook, 2nd ed

 ASPEN Parenteral Nutrition Handbook, 2nd Edition

Editors:Phil Ayers, PharmD, BCNSP, FASHP, Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN, Beverly Holcombe, PharmD, BCNSP, FASHP, Steve Plogsted, PharmD, BCNSP, CNSC. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 2014. 

The ASPEN Parenteral Nutrition Handbook, 2nd Edition is an interdisciplinary go-to quick reference on parenteral nutrition (PN). Fully revised, this edition features:

10 fully revised chapters, the latest PN information: Updated chapters are in line with ASPEN Parenteral Nutrition Safety Consensus Recommendations (JPEN, March 2014) and ASPEN Clinical Guidelines: Parenteral Nutrition Ordering, Order Review, Compounding, Labeling, and Dispensing (JPEN, March 2014), and new material: Sections on order review, compounding, and drug shortage management have been added.

There’s something for everyone involved in caring for patients receiving PN therapy, from the novice to the advanced practitioner.



Online Learning Programs

ASPEN Self-Assessment Programs 

This self-assessment is now online and accessible 24/7. The program is module-based, meaning you can work with ease in one content area or in many. Purchase the entire program or only the modules you need. Each module has 45-60 questions and includes a pre-test, syllabus, and post-test on the questions answered incorrectly. A practice test of 100 random questions from all modules is included with purchase of the full program. 

Nutrition Support Review Course

The Nutrition Support Review Course is offered as a preconference course prior to the annual conference and is also offered as a live and interactive distance learning program that will span over eight weeks each summer. The Nutrition Support Review Course divides topics into core subjects, areas of major emphasis for practice and the certification examinations, and specialty subjects. This course will include a broad overview of the core subjects including GI physiology, nutrition assessment, parenteral nutrition and enteral nutrition. The review of specialty areas, such as pediatric nutrition support, statistics, home care, critical care and drug nutrient interactions, is intended to hit the highlights of the subject. Don’t miss this invaluable review of nutrition support therapy!

Guidelines and Standards

ASPEN's Clinical Guidelines, Standards of Practice, and Safe Practices provide clinical advice to the health care professional administering specialized nutrition support for adult and pediatric patients in the hospital or home. These documents are available online in a searchable Clinical Practice Library and in printable format for both members and Library subscribers. Access the Library.

Supplemental Resources

ASPEN offers a variety of additional resources that may be helpful as you prepare for a certification exam. Please visit ASPEN's bookstore to browse the resources currently available. 

Suggested Studying Strategies

I need to... Suggested Tool
Assess areas of strength and weakness Self-Assessment Program
Review of nutrition support therapy use Nutrition Support Review Course
Strengthen my patient-based decision making by reviewing case studies The ASPEN Adult Nutrition Support Core Curriculum, 2nd Edition
Test my knowledge by practicing on the "Test Your Knowledge" Questions  The ASPEN Adult Nutrition Support Core Curriculum, 2nd Edition  
Practice online testing by taking the practice tests  Self-Assessment Program  
Search for particular facts, formulas and definitions I need to review  Clinical Practice Library

Disclaimer: The references listed above may be of some help in preparing for the examinations offered by the NBPNS, BPS, or NBNSC. The list does not attempt to include all acceptable references nor is it suggested that the certification examinations are based on these references.