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 four electives

Select, enroll in and complete four 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.



Nutrition & Health Currents: Identification, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Malnutrition in Adult Hospitalized Patients: An Ethical Perspective

In this article, you’ll review the importance of the Nutrition Care Process in the diagnosis of malnutrition; describe how policies and protocols can alleviate delays in diagnosis and treatment; and review hypothetical ethical case scenarios.


Dietitians Driving Impact: Data on Improved Patient Care from the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii)

In this course, you’ll review best-in-class examples describing how to capture data from key nutrition interventions; describe the critical role of the dietitian in interdisciplinary teams; and discuss the evidence linking nutrition care delivery to improved patient outcomes. Originally presented at the 2019 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE).


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.


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.


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.


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’s Provider Statement for Nursing CEs:

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 (RO002), is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for completion of this program/materials. Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program, or materials.

In addition to completing an online evaluation, participants of our programs can provide feedback directly to CDR.


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