Certificate of Training in Adult Malnutrition

(7.0 RN CE; 7.0 RD CPEU)

The World Health Organization reports that one-third of the global population suffers from malnutrition complications, like stunting, wasting, obesity, vitamin and mineral deficiency, and some non-communicable diseases. Learn what you can do to reduce the burden of malnutrition in the communities you serve.


Enroll in these required courses

Enroll in and complete THREE required online self-study courses.

If you’d like, you can also take many of these programs in a group setting. Contact your Abbott representative to schedule a program in your facility. If you need assistance, contact us.

Leading Malnutrition Quality Improvement for Better Hospital & Patient Outcomes

This course discusses how addressing malnutrition impacts older adult patient outcomes and healthcare costs and aligns with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and healthcare institution quality priorities. It describes how to access and use new electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) for malnutrition developed by the Academy and a new evidence-based Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) Toolkit to implement malnutrition care quality improvement in your own hospital. Finally, it identifies best practices for leading malnutrition quality improvement and navigating healthcare institutional challenges and barriers.


Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam - Part 1: Subcutaneous Fat and Muscle Loss

Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam - Part 1: Subcutaneous Fat and Muscle Loss


Nutrition Focused Physical Exam - Part 2: Micronutrients, Fluid Accumulation and Functional Status

This is part 2 of a 2-part course. In this course, you’ll discuss how to evaluate micronutrient deficiencies in adult patients; summarize the types and stages of edema; review how to conduct a hand grip strength assessment; and watch demonstrations on how to assess for micronutrient deficiencies and functional status.


Choose up to five electives

Select, enroll in and complete five of these electives.

If you’d like, you can also take many of these programs in a group setting. Contact your Abbott representative to schedule a program in your facility. If you need assistance, contact us.



Malnutrition Screening in Adults: Combining Evidence and Clinical Practice to Improve Patient Care

In this course, you’ll review the background and evolution of validated nutrition screening tools for adults; summarize new evidence; and discuss the use of these tools in real-world examples.


Become an Institutional Leader of Change: Implementation of Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs)

A multi-disciplinary expert panel will discuss the impact and opportunities of the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) and associated Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs). The panel will also discuss how RDNs can engage interprofessional partners and hospital leadership, and develop best-practices for implementation.


Connecting Nurses With Nutrition And Quality Improvement

This course discusses hospital-based malnutrition and its impact on healthcare costs and complications, and describes a quality improvement, inter-professional approach to initiating timely nutritional support in the nursing plan of care.


Mastering the Next Level of Quality Patient Care by Addressing Malnutrition

This course discusses the key role of nursing in hospital-based malnutrition quality of care and CMS efforts to improve patient safety and quality. It describes the vision of the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) and nursing’s role to improve care of the older, malnourished patient. Finally, it reviews how to implement the MQii Toolkit in the hospital setting and monitor and evaluate results of quality efforts.


The Magic of Nutrition: Collaborative Strategies to Improve Outcomes

This course describes the nutrition screening process and how patients are identified as “at risk” for malnutrition.


Using Outcomes Data to Advocate for the Nutrition Care Process

This course discusses how to generate a data-driven business case to advocate for appropriate dietitian staffing levels. It reviews how data can be used to support the NCP and to advocate for nutrition services along the continuum of care, as well as describes how to create and implement data collection tools at the facility level.


Hospital Malnutrition: nutritionDay Results Around the Globe and Providing Optimal Care for Your Patients - Part 1

In Part 1, you’ll discuss the prevalence of malnutrition and its impact on hospital outcomes; learn about the nutritionDay worldwide initiative; and review worldwide nutritionDay results.


Hospital Malnutrition: nutritionDay Results Around the Globe and Providing Optimal Care for Your Patients - Part 2

In Part 2, you’ll discuss the importance of the nutritionDay worldwide initiative; learn about how the data is being used, particularly in Colombia and the United States; and review a case scenario of how nutritionDay results can be translated into clinical practice.


Patient Simulation: Putting Malnutrition Screening, Assessment, Diagnosis, and Intervention into Practice

This course determines a malnutrition diagnosis using the Academy/A.S.P.E.N. clinical characteristics. It assesses at least one muscle site for signs of malnutrition and demonstrates the use of a grip strength dynamometer. It develops a nutrition care plan, recommending appropriate nutrition interventions for the malnourished patient. And it describes one functional measure for demonstrating improved nutritional status during follow-up.


Navigating the Perioperative Nutrition Landscape

This course explores the impact of malnutrition on surgical outcome and the clinical immune effects of early postoperative enteral nutrition. It reviews the current evidence and the surgical nutrition guidelines including the role of immunonutrition. And it describes the mechanism of surgery-associated insulin resistance and the evidence for carbohydrate loading.


Your Patient’s Strength Matters: The Role of Nutrition in Enhanced Recovery

This program was originally presented at the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) Annual Convention, October 12, 2017, Palm Springs, CA.


Live Events


Nutrition Focused Physical Exam (Live Course – 4-hour course)

See if this live event is available in your region.

Note: Attending an all-day program could provide the additional 2 hours of the 7 hours to receive a Certificate of Training in Adult Malnutrition.

Final Exam


The final exam is a capstone assessment of what you’ve learned through the course curriculum. Please take this exam only after you’ve completed all the courses in your curriculum.

Supplemental Materials


These materials aren’t required as part of your certificate of training, but we think they’ll play a helpful role in your clinical practice.


Infographic for HCPs: Addressing Malnutrition Across the Continuum of Care (in English and Spanish)


Infographic for HCPs: Better Integration of Malnutrition Care into Care Transitions is Necessary


Infographic for HCPs: Why Maintaining Muscle Matters


Video for HCPs: Screening for Malnutrition, by Dr Paul Wischmeyer


Video for HCPs: The Malnutrition Inflammation Score, by Dr Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh

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Abbott Nutrition Health Institute is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing Provider #CEP 11213.

Abbott Nutrition’s Provider Statement for Dietitian CPEUs:

Abbott Nutrition Health Institute is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs) for completion of these activities/materials.

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