Nutrition Assessment/Prescription Course

As a PT, providing useful nutrition tips may help "nudge" the patient in the right direction -- but what if you could translate food changes and physical therapy into massive physical therapy outcomes? 

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Our Second Course Offering

Taking a diet history, using diet tests/measures, and providing a dietary assessment will be covered in this course. The prerequisite course is Introduction to Nutrition for Physical Therapists (IN).

Access Easily, Online

This online course lasts 3 hours (3 CEH) and includes multiple modules. It can be taken at your own pace. There will be brief quizzes throughout the course and an end-of-course exam.

Earn CEU's

That's right! This course will provide 3 CE credits (3 CEHs) for PTs and PTAs approved by the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Association (FTPA). 

Course Overview

Discover what you'll learn in Course 2: Nutrition Assessment/Prescription, with this overview from Dr. Sean M. Wells, DPT, PT, OCS, ATC/L, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, Cert-DN.

Who The Course is For:

Knowing when nutrition is appropriate and when it isn't is a starter. Being able to assess a patient's diet and make concrete recommendations can make or break the difference in a person's life. This second course is designed to provide intermediate-level nutrition knowledge for the PT or similar healthcare provider. Taking a diet history, using diet tests/measures, and providing a dietary assessment will be covered in this course. 

Here's What You'll Learn

Objectives: At the conclusion of the course, PTs and PTAs will be able to:

  1. Analyze whether a PT should be provided physical therapy specific nutritional services, referred to a licensed dietician or other provider, or deferred for nutritional care altogether.
  2. Understand how to use the following dietary assessments: 24-hour dietary recall, dietary record, and the Food Frequency Questionnaire.
  3. Recall online resources for screening, such as the Fruit, Vegetable, Fiber ScreenerFat Intake Screener; and Mini Nutritional Assessment.
  4. Compare and contrast the benefits and drawbacks to the 24-hour dietary recall, dietary record, and the Food Frequency Questionnaire.
  5. Perform the components of a basic nutrition history
  6. Understand the following forms of physical dietary assessment: serum nutrient levels, saliva testing, and urine sampling
  7. Compare and contrast the benefits and drawbacks to: serum nutrient levels, saliva testing, and urine sampling
  8. Apply the appropriate assessment tool(s) given a specific physical therapy patient case
  9. Explain the role and methods of dietary goal setting
  10. Provide examples of dietary goal setting specific for physical therapy patient outcomes
  11. Recall common dietary calculations for macronutrients to promote energy balance and healing for physical therapy patients
  12. Outline a full dietary prescription including: types and amounts of foods, frequency, prep, calculation of energy needs, calculation of macronutrient needs, nutrient factors, contextual factors
  13. Analyze physical therapy patients’ dietary prescriptions and provide dietary prescriptive recommendations to optimize healing, movement, and/or reduce pain.

What to Expect:

The 3 hour online course can be taken at your own pace and is presented in a multimedia approach including visual, auditory, and interactive components to optimize your learning. Brief quizzes throughout the course and an end-of-course exam will promote retention and success in achieving the course objectives.

Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) Approved:

This course is approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA), a component of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for Florida CE credit for physcial therapists (PTs) or Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs). 

Take the Nutrition Assessment/Prescription Course Today!

Don't fear the unknown -- nutrition ought not be as complex as you might think. Plus, a referral to a registered dietician is always a play in the PT playbook! Let's get started!!!

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