ASPEN Self-Assessment Program

As a healthcare professional, you need to stay current in your field. New information and new research bring changes to the way you provide nutrition support. Regardless of your learning need, you’ll find ASPEN’s Self-Assessment Program a valuable resource — and you can earn CE credits!

The self-assessment is available exclusively online. It is module-based, meaning you can work with ease in one content area or in many.

Especially if you’re planning to take a certification exam, this study tool shows you which content areas you should focus on for your exam preparation. The program includes a timed, two-hour 100-question practice test (also available separately) — test your knowledge so you can then purchase the specific modules you need! If it’s been a while since you took an exam, the practice test will also provide you valuable experience in a computerized test-taking environment.

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Module-based for ease of use!

Once you’ve decided on which areas you need to study, purchase the entire program or only the modules you need. Modules include:

  •  Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism: basic metabolism and physiology that are the foundation of nutrition support
  •  Nutrition Assessment: requirements and risks as well as drug-nutrient interactions and how anatomy and physiology apply to nutrition assessment
  •  Parenteral Nutrition: when and how to use parenteral nutrition, including compounding, order writing, and monitoring
  •  Complications of Parenteral Nutrition: metabolic, mechanical, and infectious complications and how to cope with them
  •  Introduction to Enteral Nutrition: when and how to use enteral nutrition, and choosing/using appropriate formulas
  •  Enteral Nutrition Administration, Monitoring, and Clinical Issues: tube-feeding initiation, delivery, and monitoring for efficacy and complications
  •  Condition-Specific Nutrition Support: use of nutrition support in 16 specific conditions
  •  Considerations in Nutrition Support of the Pediatric Patient: an overview of enteral and parenteral nutrition in pediatrics, with specialized support issues by disease state
  •  Considerations in Nutrition Support of the Older Adult: an overview of the issues involved in using enteral and parenteral nutrition for older patients, including complications, ethics, and end-of-life issues
  •  Home Nutrition Support: patient issues such as indications and complications as well as related topics such as reimbursement, training/education for the patient and caregiver, and support organizations

Each module has 40–60 questions and includes a pre-test, syllabus, and post-test on the questions answered incorrectly. A timed, two- hour practice test of 100 random questions from all modules is included with purchase of the full program and it provides a great opportunity to become familiar with the test-taking environment. The practice test is also available separately. Test your current knowledge to discover where you can use additional studying and then purchase the appropriate modules. Learn more about how the program works.

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ASPEN Online Self-Assessment Program Modules 

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Course Goal and Target Audience 

ASPEN’s Self-Assessment online modules are designed to support interprofessional health care professionals seeking to assess their knowledge of specialized nutrition and metabolic support both in clinical practice and research settings.  Committed to impacting patient wellness, ASPEN provides this interactive educational tool to enhance understanding of current evidence–based specialized nutrition and metabolic support.

Objectives

  • Identify areas of knowledge in specialized nutrition and metabolic support that require further study.
  • Develop and integrate analytical thinking skills to improve clinical practice.
  • Refine current clinical knowledge and practice to reflect recent advances in specialized nutrition support.
  • Develop skills in interpreting medical literature.
  • Increase proficiency in utilizing online resources and taking computerized examinations.

Successful Completion

To obtain credit for this course, attendees must complete an entire online module, attain a 60% correct score on the posttest and complete a program evaluation.  Pharmacists must provide their birthday (MMDD) and NABP e-PID.  Details are available at http://www.nutritioncare.org/Continuing_Education/Claim_CE_Credit/Continuing_Education_Credit/.     


ASPEN Self-Assessment Modules

I V.5 - Nutrition Assessment

IIA V.6 - Parenteral Nutrition

IIB V.6 - Complications of Parenteral Nutrition

IIIA V.6 - Introduction to Enteral Nutrition

IIIB V.6 - Enteral Nutrition Administration, Monitoring, and Clinical Issues

IV V.5 - Condition-Specific Nutrition Support

V V.5 - Considerations in Nutrition Support of the Pediatric Patient

VI V.5 - Considerations in Nutrition Support of the Older Adult

VII V.5 - Home Nutrition Support

VIII V.4 - Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism

Note: V.6 after the module indicates the sixth version of the module (example IIA V.6) and all sixth versions have been approved for CE credit for three years from the date of release.  V.5 after the module indicates the fifth version of the module (example, VI V.5) and all fifth versions have been approved for CE credit for three years from the date of release.  V.4 after the module indicates the fourth version of the module (example IV V.4) and all fourth versions have been approved for CE credit for three years from the date of release. 




Continuing Education Credit

Each Self-Assessment Module provides two hours of continuing education credit.

Accreditation Statement

Joint Accreditation Image 2021In 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 {each} enduring activity for a maximum of 2.0AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM per activity/study module. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity..

Pharmacists: ASPEN designates each program/module for a maximum of 2 contact hours/0.2 CEUs. UANs will be provided with individual program materials.  Knowledge activity.

Nurses: ASPEN designates each program/module for a maximum of 2 nursing contact hours.  ASPEN is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Nursing, provider number CEP3970. 

Dietitians: ASPEN designates each activity for a maximum of  2 CPEUs.  


ACPE UANs: 

Module I V.5: JA0002345-0000-20-141-H04,

Module IIA V.6: JA0002345-0000-22-126-H04-P,

Module IIB V.6: JA0002345-0000-22-127-H04-P,

Module IIIA V.6: JA0002345-0000-22-128-H04-P,

Module IIIB V.6: JA0002345-0000-22-129-H04-P,

Module IV V.5: JA0002345-0000-20-096-H01-P,

Module V V.5: JA0002345-0000-20-097-H04-P,

Module VI V.5: JA0002345-0000-20-142-H04,

Module VII V.5: JA0002345-0000-20-098-H04-P,

Module VIII V.4: JA0002345-0000-20-099-H04-P.

Knowledge activities.

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This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 2 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.


 


 

Policies/Information

Non-Commercialism:  ASPEN subscribes to the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. ASPEN does not provide programs that constitute advertisement or include promotional materials. ASPEN does not endorse any products.

Release and Expiration Dates 

V.6 of Modules IIA, IIB, IIIA and IIIB: Released March 11, 2022. Expires March 11, 2025.
V.5 of Modules I, VI: Released September 11, 2020. Expires September 11, 2023.
V.4 of Module VIII released March 13, 2020. Expires March 13, 2023.  
V.5 of Modules IV, V, VII: Released March 13, 2020. Expires March 13, 2023.

Computer requirements and technical support:  Tech support, 210-816-0077.
Minimum computer: Internet connection at 28.8kps or higher; browser: IE6+, Firefox 1+, Opera 8+, Netscape 8+; browser set to accept cookies, Java and Java Script enabled; Adobe Flash Player 7 and Adobe Reader 7+ + (free from Adobe’s website); screen resolution 800*600.

Refund Policy: Refunds are not available if you have accessed the module content. 

Grievances: Grievances must be submitted in writing to ASPEN, Director, Education and Research at ASPEN. 8401 Colesville Road. Suite 510. Silver Spring, MD 20910.


Planning Committee/Faculty Commercial Relationships Disclosures and Conflicts of Interest (COI) 



V.6revisions of modules IIA, IIB, IIIA, and IIIB during the time of modulerevision. Modules released March 11, 2022.

The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies:  Sarita Bajpai, Quintin Broussard, Noelle Christ, Kaitlyn Eisenberg, Jayme Frazier, Kimberly Freeman, Julie Geyer, Sara Glanz, Leslie Goudarzi, Shauna Grant, Shanna Hager, Lacey Harter, Nancy Horgan, Christy Hummell, Amy Hurd, Lindsay Keeney, Sarah Miller, Dawna Mughal, Danelle Olson, Endashaw Omer, Kim Orben, Karla Padrelanan, Elizabeth Page, Kelly Povroznik, Teresa Puthoff, Raul Sanchez Leon, Mary Sharrett, Jennifer Sisk, Hannah Solomon, Alyssa Tucker, Jillian Wanik, Rebecca Wehner, Alice White, Sydney Wojciak, Sunitha Zechariah

Sarah McOsker, Premier Infusion Care, employee.  Not an ineligible company.

Ronelle Mitchell, OptumRx, employee. Not an ineligible company.

Carole Thompson, Nestle, presenter. Relationship ended.

Senthilkumar Sankararaman, Nestle, advisor.  Relationship ended.

Carol Rollins, Baxter, independent contractor.

Amanda Gilhool, Abbott, stockholder. 

ASPEN staff have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies. 

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated. 

  

V.5revisions of modules I and VI during the time of module revision. Modules released September 11, 2020. 

The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies: Alice White, Amy Hurd, Anisha Chhibber, Ashley Prusakov, Caitlin Rohrmann, Christy Hummell, Elizabeth Mannon, Emily Kilgo, Erin Shepherd, Julie Geyer, Karen Beal, Kelsey Johnson, Kimberly Freeman, Lacey Harter, Leslie Goudarzi, Liz Page, Lynn Kline, Margaret Buell, Marisa Mozer, Mary K Sharrett, Olivia Phillips, Peter Lopez, Quintin Broussard, Raul Sanchez Leon, Rebecca Wehner,

Sarah J. Miller, Sarita Bajpai, Stephanie Send, Susan Doyle, Tamara Gordon, Teresa D Puthoff

ASPEN staff have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies. 

 

Carole Thompson, Baxter, speaker, honorarium, One time event, no ongoing speaker relationship - this was a onetime event.

Andree Richardson, Honorarium from Shire for consultant role. 

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated. 


V.5revisions of modules IV, V, and VII and V.4 of module VIII during the time ofmodule revision. Modules released March 13, 2020.
The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies: Ada Lin, Alice White, Allison Beck, Amanda Gilhool, Amy Hurd, Andree Richardson, Anisha Chhibber, Ashley Prusakov, Caitlin Rohrmann, Christy Hummell, Elizabeth Mannon, Emily Kilgo, Erin Shepherd, Hannah Russell, Harlan Husted, Jenna Kelley, Jennifer Tomesko, Julie Geyer, Karen Beal, Katie Braun, Kelsey Johnson, Kimberly Freeman, Lacey Harter, Laura Gollins, Leslie Goudarzi, Liz Page, Lynn Kline, Margaret Buell, Marisa Mozer, Mary Alice White, Mary K Sharrett, Melissa Stabler, Molly Goggans, Naureen Sajwani, Olivia Phillips, Peter Lopez, Quintin Broussard, Raul Sanchez Leon, Rebecca Wehner, Ronelle Mitchell, Sarah J. Miller, Sarita Bajpai, Sonia Govil, Stephanie Davis, Stephanie Send, Susan Doyle, Tamara Gordon, Teresa D Puthoff, Teresa Shurley

Carole Thompson, Baxter, speaker, honorarium, One time event, no ongoing speaker relationship - this was a one time event.

Andree Richardson, Honorarium from Shire for consultant role. 

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.  

ASPEN staff have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.  


Note: an ineligible company is one whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. For specific examples of ineligible companies visit accme.org/standards. 

Financial relationships are relevant if the following three conditions are met for the prospective person who will control content of the education:

  • A financial relationship, in any amount, exists between the person in control of content and an ineligible company.
  • The financial relationship existed during the past 24 months.
  • The content of the education is related to the products of an ineligible company with whom the person has a financial relationship.