Educational Opportunities

ASPEN offers education programs throughout the year in a variety of formats to provide interdisciplinary professionals with quality education.   

Live programs  

Parenteral Nutrition Safety Series and Certificate of Training Program

The training series will be in a webinar format and consist of four interwoven parts.  As a participant in the training series you have the option to participate in one or all parts, however to receive the Certificate of Training in Parenteral Nutrition Safety, you must participate in all four parts and claim continuing education credit.  Additionally, because of the complexities associated with PN safety, ASPEN recommends participation in the entire series for all members of the healthcare team involved in providing PN to patients in all settings.  

Writing Parenteral Nutrition (PN) Orders Workshop 

The workshop is designed to train clinicians to assess a patient requiring PN and subsequently initiate and manage the PN therapy for that patient. 

The workshop is offered annually as a preconference course prior to Clinical Nutrition Week and is limited to 40 attendees. 

Clinical Nutrition Week (CNW)

CNW is ASPEN’s annual conference and is the premier conference on clinical nutrition and metabolism.  CNW offers educational sessions for the diverse patient populations served by an interdisciplinary audience of clinical nutrition professionals. Consistent in the conference content are educational sessions related to patient safety, including but not limited to safe practices in PN.  

Nutrition Support Review Course (NSRC)   

A.S.P.E.N.’s NSRC provides an overview of nutrition support therapy that can be used as a tool for helping you identify personal knowledge gaps. This course will include a broad overview of the core subjects including GI physiology, nutrition assessment, parenteral nutrition and enteral nutrition (plus handouts and slides on statistics). The review of specialty areas, such as pediatric nutrition support, home care, and drug nutrient interactions, is intended to hit the highlights of the subject. 

The NSRC is offered annually as a preconference course prior to CNW and as an eight week distance learning course over the summer.  Recordings of previously offered live courses are also available in ASPEN's eLearning Center.  

Clinical Nutrition Webinars  

ASPEN offers an annual clinical nutrition webinar series on a variety of clinical nutrition topics.  The 2016 clinical nutrition webinar series can be accessed here.

Self-Study Programs 

Conference and Webinar Recordings    

ASPEN’s eLearning Center is the hub of all previous conference and webinar recordings for the past several years.  All recordings related to safe PN practice are available. 

Self-Assessment Program  

ASPEN’s Self Assessment Program is an online module based program that not only serves as a sound educational tool, but also allows for assessment of knowledge base and determination of future areas of study. The program includes ten modules, two of which emphasize PN.  

Clinician's Compendium to Nutrition Support Therapy

The Clinician’s Compendium to Nutrition Support Therapy, now an ASPEN member benefit is an online nutrition support lecture series. The Compendium features key lectures provided by world renowned speakers who represent the multidisciplinary nature of nutrition support. The Compendium is ideal for new and seasoned clinicians, educators and institutions alike, the Compendium is designed to teach the key components of nutrition support therapy.