Renal Nutrition for the Dietitian - RD123

Renal Nutrition for the Dietitian

by Rory Caswell Pace, MPH, RD, CSR
(4.6 / 584 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (12.00 CPEU)

Price: $149.00
CE-PRO Price: $74.50


Do you run screaming every time you see a renal diet order on your census? Are you looking to explore a challenging specialty area of nutrition practice? Welcome to the world of renal nutrition! This course will expose you to the origins, challenges, and nutritional management of kidney disease in adults and children. Whether new to renal nutrition or needing a refresher, this course will bring you up to speed on all aspects of nutrition care for renal patients. Written by a practicing renal dietitian, it includes case studies of actual patients to make the material relevant to clinical dietitians. Topics include pathophysiology, chronic kidney disease, nutrition assessment, determining nutrition needs, vitamin and mineral supplementation, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, transplantation, pregnancy, nutrition support, patient education, and more.


The goal of this course is to prepare the clinical dietitian nutritionist to provide medical nutrition therapy to patients with chronic kidney disease.
After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the structure and function of the kidney, and explain the progression of renal disease.
  • List and define the kinds of congenital and pediatric renal disease, and discuss the diagnosis and treatment of each.
  • Explain the process of hemodialysis, and discuss possible complications, and nutritional implications in detail.
  • List the types of peritoneal dialysis, and discuss the criteria, contraindications, and nutritional implications of each.
  • Explain how transplants work, including discussing donor screening, rejection, and nutrition therapy.
  • Explain and compare the various assessment techniques for the adult ESRD patient.
  • Discuss the use of  protein catabolic rate, explain its importance, and calculate it on a patient.
  • Explain the Kt/V index, and its use and significance.
  • Discuss in detail the nutritional needs of various renal patients, including those on dialysis.
  • Discuss vitamin and mineral nutriture for the individual with renal disease, which nutrients are often deficient and need supplementation and those that should not be supplemented.
  • Explain oxalosis, its causes, and effects.
  • Discuss nutrition therapy during various stages of renal disease.
  • Explain the special needs of pregnant women with renal disease and discuss how to assess, treat, and monitor them.
  • Explain some of the criteria for nutrition support, both enteral and parenteral, and explain its use in various types of renal disease.
  • Discuss techniques for motivating renal patients to follow dietary guidelines, and explain how adherence may be fostered and monitored.
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Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This course is a level 3 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3020, 3060, 3090, 5030 and performance indicators of 10.1.2, 10.2.7, 10.2.8, 10.2.9. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 3/1/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/23/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2023

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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JENNIFER S - Charlotte, NC  ·  Feb 04, 2020
Very technical and informative.
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Laura L - Forney, TX  ·  Jan 18, 2020
It is very detailed, with useful information applicable to inpatient and outpatient dialysis patients.
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Gillian P - Gilbert, AZ  ·  Dec 08, 2019
Increased knowledge of renal nutrition
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Tammy B - Winston-Salem, NC  ·  Dec 02, 2019
Written very well, easy to read and understand.
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Lindsey L - Vestavia, AL  ·  Nov 01, 2019
This course was thorough.
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Price: $149.00
CE-PRO Price: $74.50