Nutrition Focused Physical Exam Workshop FAQs

Frequently asked questions for participants and host facilities for the Nutrition Focused Physical Exam Hands-on Training workshop.

For RDN Participants

Why do NFPE?

How long is the NFPE Hands-On Training Workshop day? (times may vary per workshop location)

  • RDN participants are to arrive at 7:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast and to complete pre-workshop materials.
  • The NFPE workshop begins at 8 a.m. and the workshop concludes between 4:30 — 4:45 p.m.
  • The patient rounds portion of the workshop is usually between 2:30 — 4:30 p.m.

What are the requirements for workshop participants to participate in the patient rounds portion of the NFPE Workshop?

  • Requirements for the patient rounds portion of the workshop vary per host facility. Each participant should refer to his/her registration confirmation email with the details for the NFPE Workshop he/she is attending. Direct any questions to

How should I dress the day of the workshop?

  • Business casual, short sleeve shirt or sleeveless shirt with sweater or jacket, as needed, to allow for NFPE of upper extremities
  • Loose fitting pants, or skirt that will allow NFPE of lower extremities for edema
  • Please wear closed toe shoes — no sandals

Is there a different workshop for adult and pediatric RDNs?

  • Yes, there are separate adult- and pediatric-focused workshops. You may attend either workshop, but the lecture and actual patient rounds will be specific to the focus area.

How many CPEs is the NFPE workshop?

  • Ten CPEs have been approved by CDR.

What if I don't want to touch people during the hands-on breakout sessions and patient rounds? Can I just come for the lecture?

  • Workshop participants MUST participate in all breakout session and rounds to obtain the CPEs.
  • One of the goals of the NFPE workshop is to teach the NFPE skills in palpating and examining patients for malnutrition. Another goal is for RDNs to increase their comfort and confidence level with performing NFPE on patients.
  • RDN participants should come to the workshop understanding they will be touching peer RDNs and patients to obtain NFPE skills.

Can dietetic students or interns attend a NFPE workshop?

  • Dietetic students or interns are welcomed at the NFPE workshop.

Do dietetic students or interns receive a discount?

  • No discount is provided for students or interns attending an NFPE Hands-On Training Workshop.
  • Internships that wish to host a private training for their interns should complete the host site application (discounted pricing for complete internship NFPE workshops).

What if I'm not sure that I want to come – can I register and then get a refund if I decide not to come to the workshop?

  • Cancellations must be submitted in writing to A $100 cancellation fee will apply on or before the date indicated at the time of registration (usually four weeks before the workshop date). No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests after the date indicated at the time of registration (usually four weeks before the workshop).

Does the Academy offer ongoing support after the NFPE workshop?

  • Yes, each workshop participant is provided access to a monthly phone call and an electronic communication forum led by an Academy trainer. These modes of ongoing support can be utilized to ask questions, share experiences, and/or listen to peer RDNs discussions on malnutrition from across the country.

I will not able to attend all of the monthly phone calls after the workshop. Is that a problem?

  • No, the monthly phone calls are set up on a conference line. Workshop participants can call in when it works in their schedule. The phone calls are a set day and time each month and last no more than 30 minutes.

Can I train other RDNs on NFPE, and if so, how?

  • Yes. After attending the Academy's NFPE Hands-on Training Workshop and successful completion, RDN workshop attendees are eligible to provide Peer Champion NFPE Training to his/her facility employed RDNs following the detailed Academy's NFPE Peer Champion Program Training Guidelines.
  • The RDN workshop attendee is only permitted to train utilizing the Academy’s NFPE Peer Champion Program materials to RDNs that are employed at their facility. This does not include RDNs throughout a health system or at other hospitals, etc.
  • To utilize the Academy’s NFPE Peer Champion Program, the RDN needs to be a practicing RDN in a facility in which will be able to perform the patient rounds portion with their fellow facility RDNs.

How will I obtain the materials for the Peer Champion NFPE Training model for the RDNs back at my facility?

  • Each workshop participant will be provided access to the electronic communication forum where the materials necessary to implement the Academy's NFPE Peer Champion Program will be available. Additional questions and support can be directed to an Academy NFPE Trainer on the monthly phone call or the electronic communication forum.

In the Peer Champion NFPE Training model, how many CPEUs are Facility RDNs eligible to receive?

  • 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). The Peer Champion NFPE Training must be completed within one year of the workshop date the Peer Champion RDN attended for facility RDNs to be eligible for the 8 CPEUs.

Am I required to assist other RDNs at my facility if I sign up for the workshop because it uses the "peer champion" model?

  • No, workshop participants are not required to utilize the "peer champion" model, but the information is available to all workshop participants.

What are the suggested Learning Need Codes for the NFPE Training?

  • Learning Need Codes
    • 3005 Nutrition Diagnosis
    • 3030 Anthropometrics, body composition
    • 4150 Infancy & Childhood
    • 4190 Elderly Nutrition
    • 5070 Pediatrics
    • 5090 Adults
    • 5280 Nutrient deficiencies, Failure to thrive
    • 5285 Malnutrition, Failure to Thrive

What are the suggested Performance Indicators for the NFPE Training?

  • Performance Indicators
    • 8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management.
    • 8.1.5 Applies medical nutrition therapy in disease prevention and management.
    • 8.3.1 Maintains the knowledge and skill to manage a variety of disease states and clinical conditions.
    • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.
    • 10.1.2 Conducts the nutrition screening to identify patient risks and level of criticality and to direct services.
    • 10.2.2 Works collaboratively with interdisciplinary team to identify and implement valid and reliable nutrition assessment tools to support access to care.
    • 10.2.3 Analyzes and synthesizes the assessment data to identify nutrition problems following the Standards of Practice in Nutrition Care for RDNs.
    • 10.2.7 Prioritizes specific nutrition problem(s).
    • 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.
    • 10.2.9 In collaboration with the client and interdisciplinary team (including NDTRs), selects and implements current and evidence-based nutrition interventions and patient education.
    • 10.3.2 Obtains consent from patients for the involvement of support personnel, students and other providers in the provision of medical nutrition therapy.
    • 12.4.6 Applies and integrates the Nutrition Care Process to meet the complex needs of the target population.

For Host Facility

What is the minimum and maximum number of RDNs to participant in a NFPE Hands-On Training Workshop?

  • 12 RDN participants is the minimum
  • 24 RDN participants is the maximum

What if my facility doesn't have 12 RDNs to participate in a NFPE workshop?

  • The NFPE Hands-On Training Workshop was developed to be open to all RDNs in the region of the host facility, regardless of whether or not an employee works at the facility, but there are open and closed workshop options.

What host site options does my facility have?

Open Workshop:

  • Workshop will be posted on the Academy website with registration available for all dietitians.

Closed Workshop:

  • Workshop will be posted on the Academy website as closed to facility RDNs as the host site agrees to fulfill registration with dietitians of its choosing (dietitians from hospital staff, health system. etc.).
  • Pricing for closed workshop:
    • To ensure our 1:6 trainer-to-dietitian ratio, host facilities will be charged in tiers of 12, 18, and 24 (maximum) participants.
      • Up to 12 dietitians: $5,700
      • 13-18 dietitians: $8,550
      • 19-24 dietitians: $11,400

How does my facility provide access to non-facility RDNs for the patient rounds portion of the NFPE workshop?

  • Non-facility RDNs must fulfill any requirements specified by the host facility to participate in the patient rounds portion of the workshop. This may include attestation of immunizations, HIPAA acknowledgement form, confidentiality forms, etc. The host facility indicates to the Academy what information is required.

What is the cost to the host facility?

  • There is no cost to the host facility to be the host site for the NFPE workshop, though generally, host facilities are asked to provide a continental breakfast and lunch for all participants.

Do RDNs from the host facility pay the same amount as all RDN workshop participants?

  • Yes, host facility RDNs pay the same amount as all participants.

What is the benefit of being a host facility?

  • RDN participants do not have to travel to another facility and are able to participate in patient rounds with their patient population.
  • No fee to host the workshop.
  • If a closed workshop, the fee for participants breaks down $475, regardless if all participants are Academy members.