New! CDR Advanced Practice Certification in Clinical Nutrition

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is offering an advanced practice certification in clinical nutrition for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs). Apply NOW for the first Examination, November 2015! For eligibility requirements, testing information and the application, please visit CDR's website. (Applications for this exam are due August 3.)

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Level 2 Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management Program On-Site Course Learning Objectives

  • Discuss obesity as an inflammatory disease and describe the role of abdominal obesity and food modulations.
  • Describe the influence of physical activity on adipose tissue metabolism.
  • Discuss the role of fat, protein and carbohydrate intake and their role in the pathophysiology of obesity.
  • Discuss the medical complications of obesity, and the physiological benefits of weight loss.
  • Describe the future for weight management, including pharma targets.
  • Define and demonstrate client-centered counseling techniques.
  • Describe the key elements of motivational interviewing as a client-centered counseling technique.
  • Apply client-centered counseling techniques during small group role plays.
  • Describe the process of helping patients that are resistant to change utilizing motivational interviewing.
  • Describe and demonstrate self-reflection of motivational interviewing interaction.
  • Describe new healthcare systems and models, such as accountable care organizations and the patient-centered medical home, and the importance of measuring effectiveness of weight management services provided by RDs.
  • Describe new payment models for weight management reimbursement
  • Describe the medical nutrition therapy (MNT) current procedural terminology (CPT) codes and identify when each should be used.
  • Describe the process to become a credentialed provider with a healthcare provider.
  • List five resources to assist with MNT reimbursement that can be found on the on the ADA website.
  • Discuss practice models for implementing the Intensive Behavioral Treatment benefit in private practice and hospital settings.
  • Describe research interpretation skills, how to select appropriate indicators and measures to evaluate outcomes, and research project skills.
  • Discuss the National Weight Control Registry and the major characteristics of “successful” losers.
  • Describe the role of physical activity for obesity and weight maintenance.
  • Discuss strategies for relapse prevention.
  • Describe the "spectrum of prevention" activities to curb obesity and potential roles for RDs along the change continuum (from individual change to policy change).
  • Based on community assessment pre-work, describe relevant strategies to improve nutrition and physical activity.
  • Describe the various levels of change (individual through policy) that a comprehensive obesity prevention strategy must entail.