Nutrition Support Fundamentals Course

The Nutrition Support Fundamentals Course is an 8 week live and interactive online course that covers a variety of topics in nutrition support and clinical nutrition. The course has been revised to include new topics on malnutrition and neonatal nutrition, making it more comprehensive than ever before!  Additionally, if you are preparing for a certification exam, this course is a perfect complement to your preparation. Plus, earn 13 valuable CE credits!

The 2017 course is scheduled for July 20 – September 7.  Please see the program schedule below for dates and times of individual sessions. 

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What is the Nutrition Support Fundamentals Course?

 ASPEN’s Nutrition Support Fundamentals Course (NSFC) provides a comprehensive overview of nutrition support therapy.  The course can be used as a tool for helping you identify personal knowledge gaps to further identify future areas of learning. Whether you are preparing for the certification examinations or seeking additional professional growth in nutrition support, recognizing these knowledge gaps allows you to use your professional development time and energy more effectively.  In addition to providing a thorough review of core nutrition support topics such as nutrition assessment and nutrient deficiencies, parenteral nutrition, enteral nutrition, fluids and electrolytes, and pediatrics, the NSFC will also include specialty areas of nutrition support such as home care, critical care, gastrointestinal disorders, ethics, and statistics.   Don’t miss this invaluable nutrition support-focused course! 

Course Learning Objectives

  1. Assess personal knowledge of nutrition support and identify areas requiring further study for the nutrition support specialty certification examination or other professional growth.
  2. Review core nutrition support topics including GI disorders, nutrition assessment, parenteral nutrition, and enteral nutrition.
  3. Highlight specialty areas of nutrition support such as pediatric nutrition support, home care, critical care, and fluids and electrolytes.

Course Dates, Topics, and Faculty

The schedule for the 2017 program is listed below.  Please note the dates and times for each individual session, as they may vary from week to week depending on faculty availability.

July 20 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time (2.0 Hours)
Test Taking Tips 
1. Apply study and test taking tips
Toni Neal, RN, CRNI, CNSC, VA-BC, Cleveland Clinic Home Care Services Toni Neal, BSN, RN, CRNI, CNSC, VA-B, Cleveland Clinic Home Care Services
Nutrient Deficiencies
1. Identify signs and symptoms of potential nutrient deficiencies 
2. Discuss potential etiologies of nutrient deficiencies  
3. Determine the best method for measuring nutrient status
Cindy Hamilton, MS, RD, LD, FAND, Cleveland Clinic  
Malnutrition Assessment
1. Define the etiology approach to malnutrition assessment and the consensus derived diagnostic characteristics
2. Describe application of the diagnostic malnutrition characteristics 

UAN:  0216-0000-17-098-L04-P
Ainsley Malone, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, FAND, FASPEN, Mt. Carmel West Hospital  

July 27 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm Eastern Time (1.5 Hours)
Fluids and Electrolytes
1. Apply study and test taking tips 
2. Assess fluid and electrolyte needs of a patient Develop a therapeutic plan for fluid and electrolyte requirements 
3. Prevent and manage complications of fluid and electrolyte abnormalities

UAN:  0216-0000-17-099-L04-P
Ezra Steiger, MD, FACS, FASPEN, Cleveland Clinic Todd Canada, PharmD, BCNSP, FASHP, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
August 3 | 3:00 - 4:40 pm Eastern Time (1.5 Hours)
EN and Home Use
1. Identify appropriate candidates for enteral nutrition (EN) support  
2. Create an enteral nutrition support therapy plan incorporating safe practices and evidenced based research for inpatients and outpatients  
3. Describe enteral nutrition support therapy complications, prevention, and potential treatment
4. Review methods for patient education

UAN:  0216-0000-17-100-L04-P
Michelle Romano, RDN, LD/N, CNSC, Fresenius Kabi, USA Sarita Bajpai, PhD, RD, CD, CNSC, Academic Health Center - University Hospital, Indiana University Health
August 10 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm Eastern Time (1.5 Hours)
Critical Care
1. Describe the factors associated with malnutrition in critical illness  
2. Outline key points from the 2009 Society for Critical Care Medicine / ASPEN guidelines
3. Discuss implications of recent publications since the 2009 guidelines
Todd Canada, PharmD, BCNSP, FASHP, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Keilia Phillips, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, Providence Hospital
1. Explain the differences in various types of medical literature to form clinical recommendations  
2. Identify statistical techniques for incorporating literature evaluation in clinical decisions  
3. Describe the difference between a p-value and confidence interval

UAN:  0216-0000-17-103-L04-P
Todd Canada, PharmD, BCNSP, FASHP, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center  
August 17 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm Eastern Time (1.5 Hours)
GI Disorders
1. List the indications and contraindications for enteral and parenteral nutrition in specific disease states  
2. List common nutritional deficiencies that can occur from GI losses due to various diseases
3. Develop strategies for nutrition support of patients with GI diseases
Donald Kirby, MD, FACP, FACN, FACG, AGAF, CNSC, CPNS, FASPEN, Cleveland Clinic Gitanjali Vidyarthi, MD, James A. Haley VA Hospital
1. Discuss ethical issues related to nutrition support

UAN:  0216-0000-17-105-L04-P
Donald Kirby, MD, FACP, FACN, FACG, AGAF, CNSC, CPNS, FASPEN, Cleveland Clinic  
August 24 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm Eastern Time (1.5 Hours)
PN and Home Use
1. Identify current indications for parenteral nutrition  
2. Discuss parenteral formula design  
3. Evaluate components of parenteral nutrition monitoring and management  
4. Identify key safe practice issues

UAN:  0216-0000-17-101-L04-P
Andrew Mays, PharmD, CNSC, University of Mississippi Medical Center   Joel C. Rush, MS, RD, CSO, LD, CNSC, FAND, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
August 31 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time (2.0 Hours)
1. List the primary components of a nutrition assessment for a pediatric patient  
2. Identify the different types of infant and pediatric formulas and their recommended uses  
3. Define the nutrient needs of a pediatric patient receiving nutrition support  
4. Identify indications for parenteral and enteral nutrition support
Elizabeth Bobo, CNSC, MS, RD, LDN, Nemours Children's Clinic Erin Smith, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC, Select Specialty Hospital
NICU Nutrition Support  
1. Identify the nutritional requirements of the neonate and indications for parenteral nutrition (PN)
2. Discuss neonatal requirements for macronutrients and micronutrients used in neonatal PN  
3. Review key compounding challenges in neonatal PH
4. Evaluate the role of human milk as the source of optimal enteral nutrition in the neonate

UAN:  0216-0000-17-104-L04-P
Mary Petrea Cober, PharmD, BCNSP, BCPPS, Akron Children's Hospital  
September 7 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm Eastern Time (1.5 Hours)
EN and PN Access
1. Identify key factors of enteral and parenteral access devices: choice (device and selection), complications (recognition, prevention and treatment), and care  
2. Highlight timely topics on the horizon

UAN:  0216-0000-17-102-L04-P
Toni Neal, RN, CRNI, CNSC, VA-BC, Cleveland Clinic Home Care Services Connie Brewer, RPh, BCNSP, Mount Carmel West Pharmacy

Pricing Information

Individual Registration Early (by July 14) Late (July 15 and after)
ASPEN Member      $240.00      $260.00
Non-Member $340.00 $360.00

Cancellation/Refund Policy

All cancellation requests must be sent to the ASPEN national office, by email or by fax to: (301) 587-2365 on or before the Friday before the start of the program, July 14, 2017. Telephone cancellations will not be accepted. Refunds will be issued less a $50.00 administrative fee. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received via email or fax after July 14, 2017. Substitutions will be accepted until July 19, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the above link for answers to the most common program questions. If you are unable to participate in this multi-week webinar program, please consider some of the other study resources that won’t require you to be on the computer at a certain time. Recordings of the course will be available for purchase after the entire course has concluded.

System Requirements

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  • Supported Browsers: Internet Explorer 7 or Higher, Firefox, Chrome or Safari 
  • Computer with Speakers / Headset
  • High speed internet connection
  • Mobile Support - Apple iPad/iPhone running HTML5 -or- Android Device running Flash
  • Test your system

Accreditation Information


Target Audience: This course is also ideal for nutrition professionals such as dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and others seeking a comprehensive overview of core nutrition support topics. This program is designed at the intermediate learning level.

Successful Completion: ASPEN provides continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, pharmacists and dietitians who attend in full each session claimed for credit, and complete the program evaluation via the ASPEN eLearning Center.

Joint Accreditation B&WAccreditation Statements: Nurses, Pharmacists, and Physicians
In support of improving patient care, The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

ASPEN designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is for a maximum of 13.0 contact hours (1.3 CEUs). This is considered a knowledge activity.

Pharmacy UANs will be listed with each individual week's topic upon finalization of the schedule.

ASPEN is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Nursing, provider number CEP3970.

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ASPEN Provider Number AM005, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive a maximum of 13.0 continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for completion of this program / materials. CDR level 2 (Intermediate). Dietitians may post comments on this program on


Any grievances should be addressed in writing to Director of Education and Research • ASPEN • 8401 Colesville Road • Suite 510 • Silver Spring, MD 20910. 


ASPEN subscribes to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support. 

ASPEN does not provide programs that constitute advertisement or include promotional content. ASPEN does not endorse any products.  No commercial support was received for this program.  There will be no discussion of off-label use of products. 

Faculty and Planning Committee Members Commercial Relationship Disclosures and Conflicts of Interest (COI)

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Special Services

ASPEN will accommodate attendees with disabilities or special needs who participate in the online Nutrition Support Fundamentals and Review Course.  If you require special services, please contact a member of our customer service team at [email protected] or call 800-727-4567 (US and Canada) or 301-587-6315 (international).