Sharpen Your Edge in Nutrition Focused Physical Exams Course

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Course Expires October 17, 2025
Credits: 25
Accreditations: CDR
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Advanced level 25 hour CPE designed to sharpen your edge in clinical practice!

Buy Dr. Litchford’s book and receive her upcoming webinar Laboratory Assessment of Nutrition Status: Making Clinical Connections. The webinar will be automatically added to your shopping cart. Live Session on Thursday, November 9, 2023, from 2-3 p.m. ET

The required reading is an essential reference for health care professionals working in health care settings on the “how to and whys” of Nutrition Focused Physical Exam (NFPE). A valuable reference for professors teaching medical nutrition therapy, internship directors and dietetic interns. This 2023 edition includes new sections on swallowing screening, sarcopenia screening, stool assessment, ostomy patients, pediatrics, comparison of AND vs. GLIM characteristics of malnutrition and more!

This is the only comprehensive reference on NFPE for the professional who strives for advanced clinical practice. Strength your skills in visual literacy strategies and nutrition differential diagnosis skills. Expand your assessment skills to include swallowing screens, sarcopenia screens, stool assessment, ostomy patients and malnutrition assessment of children and adults.

Master NFPE and expand your clinical practice to include health screening assessments, learn to identify changes in physical findings, functional status and body composition. Use NFPE findings to target care plan strategies specific to nutrition diagnoses, weight loss and suboptimal nutrient intake. Course includes softcover book with CE packet of case studies that serve as skills-building tutorial and paper testing.

Note: This book is fulfilled by Case Software & Books.

After completing this continuing education course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Analyze relationships between nutrition status indicators and changes in overall health.
  2. Integrate NFPE as a component of Nutrition Care Process in your clinical practice.
  3. Identify potential nutrient deficiencies or toxicities associated with changes in skin, hair and nails, head, eyes, nose, mouth, upper torso, abdomen and musculoskeletal system using NFPE.
  4. Incorporate techniques for identifying characteristics of malnutrition in your clinical practice.
  5. Incorporate techniques for assessing oral health, swallowing and mastication in your clinical practice.
  6. Incorporate techniques used to identify micronutrient and macronutrient deficiencies or toxicities using NFPE.
  7. Integrates foundational dietetics knowledge with critical appraisal of assessment data to diagnose nutrition problems, which can be resolved or improved through treatment or nutrition intervention.

This course is intended for for: RDNs

CDR Activity Type: Pre-approved Self-study Materials 720 Printed      CDR Learning Level: 3

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

  • 4.1.2 Interprets and integrates evidence-based research and literature in decision making.
  • 4.1.4 Demonstrates effective, appropriate and timely consultation with experts and others.
  • 10.1.1 Identifies and selects valid and reliable screening tool (s) to obtain and verify relevant data in support of nutrition assessment.
  • 10.2.1 Identifies and selects valid and reliable tools to conduct a comprehensive nutrition assessment.
  • 10.2.2 Works collaboratively with interdisciplinary team to identify and implement valid and reliable nutrition assessment tools to support access to care.
  • 10.2.4 Integrates foundational dietetics knowledge with critical appraisal of assessment data to diagnose nutrition problems (using problem solving, etiology, signs and symptoms (PES) statements), which can be resolved or improved through treatment or nutrition intervention.

Note: Numerous other Performance Indicators may apply.


Dr. Mary Litchford, PhD, RD, LDN, is a trailblazer in the field of dietetics known nationally as an acclaimed speaker, author, medical-legal expert and consultant to health care providers. She began her career in public health nutrition setting up WIC programs and then spent a decade teaching dietetics students at University of North Carolina-Greensboro and North Carolina A & T State University.

For the last 20 years, she has demonstrated her expertise as a nutrition entrepreneur. She is president of CASE Software & Books, a professional and educational resource company focusing on advanced level continuing education for Registered Dietitians and computer-based instructional materials for dietetics students. She also lectures throughout the country at state affiliate meetings, DPG conferences and industry sponsored programs.

She has written 26 professional reference books, 18 instructional software programs for dietetics students, numerous chapters in college textbooks and ADA publications, many referred scholarly articles and other professional publications. She has written numerous continuing education products for the Association of Nutrition & Food Service Professionals and wrote the clinical nutrition curriculum for the Certified Dietary Managers Course for North Carolina Community Colleges.


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