Gluten Intolerance and GI Disorders - RD158

Gluten Intolerance and GI Disorders

by Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD
(4.6 / 290 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (9.00 CPEU)

Price: $119.00
CE-PRO Price: $59.50


We’re not what we eat; we’re what we digest, so digestive disorders need to be on the radar of every nutrition professional. In this comprehensive journey through the digestive tract, we will look at the most frequent digestive disorders. Gluten intolerance, celiac disease, IBS, Crohn’s disease, colitis, and diverticulosis cause nutrition deficiencies, bone disease, autoimmune problems, and hematological diseases. The goal of this course is to provide a better understanding of GI diseases and nutrition management and education tools. Resources for more information, including how to find dietitians specializing in celiac disease and gluten-related disorders are included. Updates throughout this course cover symptoms, diagnosis, nutritional implications, and treatment, with special focus on gluten-free diets.


The goal of this continuing education course is to provide dietitians with detailed information on the functions of the GI tract and up to date research on the most common digestive disorders including their pathology and treatment. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Explain the basic function of the GI tract; the absorption sites in the GI tract for specific vitamins, minerals and other nutrients; and the role of probiotics in GI tract function.
  • Explain the basic pathophysiology of irritable bowel disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, diverticular disease, and celiac disease.
  • Discuss how gut-associated lymphoid tissue, antigen tolerance, and auto-antibodies relate to the development of inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Describe the role of probiotics in treating inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Compare and contrast Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, including etiology, pathology, diagnosis, nutritional concerns, and treatment.
  • Design one diet for a patient with Crohn’s disease who does not require surgery and one for a patient who has a resection of the large intestine.
  • Compare and contrast the various presentations of celiac disease, including symptoms, organs, and body systems that are involved.
  • Discuss etiology and treatment for diverticular disease.
  • Explain the basic components of a gluten-free diet and barriers to compliance with the diet.
  • Develop a Medical Nutrition Therapy treatment plan to address nutrition deficiencies for a patient with celiac disease and gluten intolerance.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians and health educators.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
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 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3000, 3040, 3090, 5000 and performance indicators of 4.1.2, 4.2.7, 8.1.5,10.2.8. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 4/22/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/15/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/15/2022

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.


For Florida professionals:

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Julie H - Cape Coral, FL  ·  Dec 04, 2019
Informational and helpful tool for practice
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Cecilia F - Rosamond, CA  ·  Oct 29, 2019
Informative, up to date & presented a complex topic of GI disorders treatment by diet and medication.
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DORIA S - sylmar, CA  ·  Oct 07, 2019
very informative course, great review of gluten intolerance and other gi issues
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PHYLLIS G - Beattyville, KY  ·  Oct 06, 2019
The course was thorough.
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Monique E - Kearney, NE  ·  Aug 27, 2019
It was a very informative course and good refresher!
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Price: $119.00
CE-PRO Price: $59.50