Nutrition Focused Physical Exam Hands-on Training Workshop

Research shows that nutrition intervention of a patient with, or at risk for, malnutrition can decrease length of hospital stay, falls, pressure ulcers, infections, complications, re-admissions, and overall health care costs. Registered dietitian nutritionists can perform a nutrition focused physical exam to more accurately provide individuals with a nutrition diagnosis of malnutrition. While the NFPE is only one component of the nutrition assessment, it can provide necessary supportive data to identify and nutrition diagnose the patient with, or at risk for, malnutrition.

The workshop provides the RDN with the skills to perform an NFPE, empowering the RDN to accurately identify and provide a nutrition diagnosis of malnutrition for patients. Workshops are available across the country with the focus on the adult or pediatric population.

Upcoming Workshops

Workshop Fee

Workshop Details

General Information

Host a Workshop Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Upcoming Workshops

Adult NFPE Training Workshop – November 18, 2019
Workshop registration full. If you register, you will be placed on the wait list.

Workshop Site: Masonic Village of Elizabethtown
Location: Elizabethtown, PA

Adult NFPE Training Workshop (Closed Workshop for Facility RDNs) – February 8, 2020

Workshop Site: Tufts Medical Center
Location: Boston, MA

For more information about any of the above NFPE Hands-On Training Workshops please contact or 312-899-4707.

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Workshop Fee

Early Bird Pricing

Academy Members: $400
Nonmembers: $525

Normal Pricing

Academy Members: $475
Nonmembers: $600

*For facilities interested in hosting a closed workshop for the RDNs from their facility, please refer to Hosting a Workshop Information and the NFPE Host Facility Information and Application for details and pricing.

*For international inquiries, please contact

Included in Fee

  • Full day hands-on training
  • Pre-workshop materials (provided via email prior to training)
  • Trainer demonstrations
  • NFPE Training Guidelines
  • NFPE Pocket Guide
  • Medical Penlight
  • NFPE Patient/RDN Script
  • NFPE Skills Assessment
  • Post-workshop support
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch
  • Edema pads and dynamometer available during the workshop

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted in writing to for the event you will be withdrawing from. A $100 cancellation fee will be applied on or before the deadline indicated at the time of registration.

*No refunds will be issued after the deadline to cancel.

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Workshop Details

Subjects Discussed:

  • Discussions on malnutrition characteristics and documentation
  • An interactive, hands-on experience to obtain NFPE skills:
    • Assessment for muscle wasting and fat loss
    • Assessment for micronutrient deficiencies/toxicities
    • Assessment for fluid accumulation/edema
    • Assessment for functional status/hand grip strength
    • For Pediatrics – Assessment for mid-upper arm circumference
  • In-depth discussions on Coding for Malnutrition
  • Case Study to review NFPE/Malnutrition components
    • Putting it all together from head to toe
  • Demonstrate basic NFPE skills with real patients during patient rounds

Workshop Benefits:

  • Ratio of 1:6 trainer to RDN participants for individual instruction
  • 10 hours of continuing professional education for RDN workshop participant
  • Ongoing support from Academy staff and Workshop trainer(s) in the form of monthly calls and electronic communication forum
  • Peer Champion resources for implementation with RDNs at home facility
    • Facility RDNs that successfully complete the peer champion training are eligible to take a quiz and earn 8 hours of continuing professional education for $75 (Academy member) / $100 (nonmember)

Scholarship Program

NFPE Workshop Scholarships are available from the Academy's Center for Lifelong Learning for the NFPE Hands-on Training Workshop for registered dietitian nutritionists who are Academy members. To be eligible for an NFPE Workshop Scholarship, one must be a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of the full or partial registration fee; applicants can specify need in the application. One to two scholarships may be awarded per workshop. Applications must be submitted no later than five weeks prior to the workshop date the applicant plans to attend. Applicants will be notified of the result of their application three to four weeks prior to the workshop date.

Apply for the NFPE Workshop Scholarship

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General Information

Learn more about becoming an NFPE Workshop Trainer.

Applications are accepted on a continual basis but only reviewed quarterly.

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Articles

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