Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease - RD60179

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Infancy Through Adulthood

by Cathy S. Birn, MA, RN, CGRN, CNOR
(4.5 / 117 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.50 CPEU)

Price: $30.00
CE-PRO Price: $15.00


Gastroesophageal reflux disease is one of the most common GI complaints that healthcare providers encounter. The backflow of food, liquids, and gastric acid from the stomach into the esophagus can result in heartburn. Healthcare professionals, acting as a team, play an important role in detecting early symptoms of GERD and helping patients manage the disease. Pre-existing conditions that increase the risk of GERD include obesity, smoking, and certain medications. With appropriate lifestyle and dietary changes, many of the symptoms of GERD can be mitigated. Medications and surgical interventions may be required when lifestyle changes are unsuccessful. This course describes GERD, its risk factors, diagnostics, and treatments.


The goal of this continuing education program is to update nurses’ and dietitians’ knowledge of the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the patient with gastroesophageal reflux disease. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify two common causes of GERD
  • Describe four differences in the presentation of GERD in infancy and adulthood
  • Discuss four diagnostic tests that detect GERD
  • Explain the current evidence-based diet, lifestyle, pharmacologic, and surgical interventions for GERD

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and dietitians.
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 or 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. Suggested learning codes: 5220 and performance indicator 4.1.1. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 5/18/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/3/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/3/2021

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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Amanda H - Ballinger, TX  ·  Jan 31, 2020
Very informative and has increased my knowledge of GERD & medications.
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Allison L - Jackson, MI  ·  Jan 10, 2020
This gave me more knowledge on how to help counsel patients with GERD symptoms.
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Sandra F - Springfield, MA  ·  Aug 14, 2019
Increased my knowledge of germ in infancy
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JoAnn N - Detroit, MI  ·  Jul 30, 2019
a good review of GERD symptoms, diagnosis and treatments
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Brittany A - Windsor, CO  ·  Jul 15, 2019
I enjoyed this course and found it valuable to my job as an RD.
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Price: $30.00
CE-PRO Price: $15.00