Nutrition Courses

As a dietitian selected for one of our nutrition courses, you will learn the very latest evidence-based nutrition related topics from recognized physician experts.

Upon completion of the course you will be able to communicate more effectively with your healthcare team and learn valuable skills to enhance patient care.

This exclusive program for Registered Dietitians is designed to foster advanced knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for enteral nutrition as a primary therapy for adult patients in the acute care setting. This unique program provides an intimate and interactive educational experience. This course is only for practicing dietitians in the US and Canada. Please review the eligibility criteria before submitting an application.

Below are links to our important documents which you can download by simply clicking on the link

Application form (588kb pdf)

Letter of Interest (649kb pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions (138kb pdf)

NNI Advanced RD Program Eligibility Criteria (148kb pdf)

Evaluation Process (103kb pdf)

If you have questions regarding the program, please click here

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The program will be conducted over five consecutive weeks via weekly telephone conference calls, augmented by reading assignments and quizzes. The conference calls are structured to provide didactic instruction, case study and article presentations, and the opportunity to share ideas with colleagues.

• PPT presentation addressing weekly goals (25 minutes)
• Application of knowledge (45 minutes)
• Present a case study
• Present a published article
• Q and A session (20 minutes)

Week 1:Medical Team Fundamentals; Interpreting Clinical Studies; Case Presentations [2.0 hours]
• Effectively describe the mechanics of the medical team and the “nutrition team”
• Demonstrate how to present a clinical case to a medical team member
• Communicate the key points of published articles to the medical team effectively
• Identify basic statistics used in research

Week 2: Should Autophagy Drive Nutrition Therapy? [2.0 hours]
• Define Autophagy and explore its role in critical illness 
• Explain why autophagy has been used as a rationale for not providing "forced mandatory feeding" the first week after admission to the ICU. 
• Identify the contradictions in the concept that preservation of autophagy should direct early nutrition therapy in the ICU.

Week 3:Metabolic Response to Stress [2.0 hours]
• Identify patients at risk for catabolic stress
• Describe the common organ specific changes associated with the metabolic response
• List at least two ways to alleviate or attenuate the catabolic response

Week 4:Lessons Learned from Nutrition Guidelines and Evidence-Based Medicine [2.0 hours]
• Describe how nutrition guidelines are derived by the appropriate societal committee
• Identify the elements of the GRADE evaluation system
• List the differences between a prospective randomized trial, an observational cohort study, and a meta-analysis

Week 5:Nutrition in Cancer: Are We Making Progress? [2.0 hours]
• Identify the stage of cachexia in the cancer patient
• Discuss at least 3 roles nutrition support in the cancer patient can influence the quality of life
• Describe the relationship between inflammation cancer and nutrition and how it can influence outcome

Nestlé HealthCare Nutrition is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Registered Dietitians will receive up to 10 CPEUs for completion of this program. CPE Accredited Provider Number NE008.

By submitting an application for participation in the Nestlé Nutrition Institute Advanced Enteral Nutrition Program, you agree to the following expectations:

1. The participants are required to attend and interact on each of the five conference calls. The total amount of time for the five calls is 10 hours over a five week time frame (one call per week). The conference calls will last typically 2 hours. The conference calls will be held during work hours. The call in time will be as follows: 

Week 1 through Week 5
3:00 - 5:00 pm ET
2:00 - 4:00 pm CT
1:00 - 3:00 MT
12:00 - 2:00 PT

2. Participants will complete all pre-work assignments including required reading and view video-based programs. It is estimated that this will require an additional 2 hours per week. Please note there will be a required reading assignment prior to the first call.

3. Participants will prepare a case study for weeks 2 through 5. Typically, three participants per call will be selected to present to the group. Estimated prep time is 1 hour.

4. Participants will prepare an article review for weeks 2 through 5. Estimated prep time is 1 hour. A list identifying who presents a case study and article review for each call is sent to all participants prior to the start of the course.

5. Participants will answer five questions following each call for weeks 1 through 5 and fax or email the responses. Estimated time is 15 minutes. Time will be allowed during the Q&A session to address the answers to the questions from the previous week.


Robert G. Martindale MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of General Surgery
Medical Director Hospital Nutrition Support
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

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Stephen A. McClave MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology
Director of Clinical Nutrition, University of Louisville
School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

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Next Course Begins: TBD 
Deadline to Apply: TBD 
Please check back for specific dates.

Complete the 2 Forms: Program Application and Letter of Interest.
You can mail or fax the two required forms.

Print and mail to:
Nestlé HealthCare Nutrition
Attn: Advanced Enteral Nutrition Program
2150 E. Lake Cook Rd.
Riverwalk I, Ste 800
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Fax to 866-546-3005

“I learned much more from the course than I would have ever imagined. After each conference call I would talk to my co-workers about what was discussed and the cases that were presented, it was a great opportunity for them too. I now have great resources to share with them and our dietetic interns. The course was well worth the time put in to each week. More beneficial than any daylong conference I have ever attended.”
-Sue Berger, MS, RD (May 2013)

“The Nestle Advanced Enteral Nutrition Program was a great experience and very informative. Not only did I get the opportunity to interact and learn more from Dr. McClave and Dr. Martindale, but I also enjoyed interacting with other dietitians across the country.“
-Amber Krupiak RD, LDN (May 2013)

“This program equipped me with the tools that I need to promote the provision of enteral nutrition as primary therapy. I really appreciated the dynamic presentations that the instructors provided and the opportunity to receive individualized feedback on how to improve my practice. I look forward to sharing this information with the rest of my team. Please also let the instructors know that I am especially thankful for the tips on how to improve my presentation of a case study.”
-Michele Rager, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC (October 2012)

“Participating in this program was an amazing experience because it was unique in every way. It gave me the rare opportunity to express my concerns and questions regarding nutrition support to a group of my peers and panel of experts. Listening to Dr. McClave and Dr. Martindale lecture and relate to common obstacles that clinical dietitians face was enlightening.
I would encourage any RD looking to gain insight into the critical care world to take this class. I found myself using the feedback the very next day and seeing positive results. Overall, I feel as though this program equipped me with tools to be a better clinician and more confident in the care that I provide my patients. “
-Stephanie Moore MS, RD, LD, CNSC (October 2012)

“I was so honored to be part of this program. The binder alone contains so much valuable information. Drs. Martindale and McClave show such a passion for nutrition, and they presented cutting edge nutrition information in a fun and easy to follow format. This program inspired me and left me more confident to improve my own practice. “
-Deborrah Scardaville, RD (October 2012)

"I really enjoyed the interactions among such a talented group of RDs and Drs. McClave and Martindale. It was very helpful to learn what others are doing in their practice, and to hear of the challenges faced and overcome by fellow professionals. The experience gave me great ideas for improving care for my patients and also for how to better obtain support from others on my healthcare team. The sessions were very rewarding and this has proven to be an extremely unique experience which, I believe, has value for any RD. Thanks so much!"
- Carrie Edwards, MS, RD, LDN (March 2012)

"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Advanced Enteral Nutrition Program. I have gained so much knowledge from this course to serve as a resource for my physicians as an expert in enteral nutrition and provide the best nutritional care for my patients."
- Cynthia Wigutow MS, RD, LD/N, CSO (March 2012)

“Participating in this program reminded me that we really do need to continually keep learning, as healthcare providers. You can never know it all, and this program is filled with excellent, applicable information to allow any RD to improve their practice. Being able to interact and learn from some of the “rock stars of nutrition” was truly a privilege. Dr. Martindale and Dr. McClave are truly a wealth of enteral nutrition knowledge and are more than willing to share for the betterment of all patients. On top of that, they are also very entertaining. I can’t say enough about this program – you won’t be disappointed if you decide to participate.”
- Hilda Seyler, RD (March 2012)

“By joining this seminar, I have expanded my professional knowledge. The curriculum covered a series of topics, helpful learning strategies and communication tools that I could immediately put in to practice. With Dr. DeLegge’s expert leadership, I now have a network for best available nutrition practices and clinical know-how. This experience will no doubt be of great value as I work with my healthcare team!”
- Vicki Englehardt, RD, LD, CNSC (May 2011)


“First I want to thank you so much for the wonderful presentations and all the material. I have found countless ways to implement what I learned in my practice. I’ve become a more proactive leader during rounds and have felt so encouraged and supported that what I do is critical in enhancing patient care. I truly hope to stay in touch and attend more presentations and conferences with you and the folks at Nestlé.”
- Jennifer N. Sato, MS, RD, CNSC (May 2011)

“Thank you so much for a wonderful program. The materials were just what I needed to advance my practice”
- Kendra Glassman, MS, RD, LD, CNSC (October 2010)

“I felt the Nestlé Advanced Enteral Nutrition Program was a unique opportunity to collaborate with other nutrition professionals with a common interest. Dr. DeLegge is an excellent instructor. He has a way of simplifying complex theories that are easy to grasp. He has a way of empowering dieticians to become more involved as part of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. The course has been a wonderful experience!”
- Kris Danilovitz, RD, LDN, CNSC (October 2010)

“I am now more confident in my skills and ability to provide sound, up-to-date nutrition therapy practice recommendations to intensivists and surgeons. The Nestlé Advanced Enteral Nutrition Program allowed me to refresh my statistical skills and improve my communication skills to present journal articles and publications to medical and ancillary staff. From this program I have started my own library of nutrition support articles that are relevant to my area of practice.”
- Krystie Nelson, RD, CNSC, LN (October 2010)

“Thanks so much! I am sad this course is over – I enjoyed every minute of it and got so much out of it.”
- Lisa Gibbs, MS, RD, LDN, CNSD (October 2010)

“As evidence-based practicing dieticians, we experience the chasm between clinical studies and actual practice. The Nestlé Advanced Enteral Nutrition Program has given me the tools and confidence to challenge and hopefully change the way we do things in my daily practice.”
- Marliese White, RD, MS, LD, CNSC (October 2010)

“I really enjoyed the program. Dr. DeLegge was very helpful in putting things in to perspective from the physician’s point of view.”
- Ronelle Mitchell, RD, MA, CNSC (October 2010)

“Participating in the program has transformed the way I practice. I now enjoy reading clinical evidence and see how effective evidence-based recommendations are. My healthcare team is outstanding; with the advanced enteral knowledge from this program I can better contribute to our patient outcomes. Dr. DeLegge is very inspiring; being able to hear his perspective was an amazing opportunity.”
- Dail Duncan, MS, RD, LD (June 2010)