Neonatal Nutrition Practicum:
From Theory to Practice

This program is designed for dietitians who are new to the neonatal setting. Enrollment is limited to four dietitians for each one-week practicum, held annually. The next available session is April 27-May 1, 2015. The program includes on-site experience in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU) and the clinical nutrition department at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Participants interact with CHOP staff including neonatal dietitians, neonatologists, surgeons, speech therapists and lactation consultants during lectures and daily multidisciplinary care rounds.

Program objectives

Participants will:

Practicum highlights

Nutrition assessment of the neonate

Measurement techniques and growth charts; energy, nutrient and fluid requirements; physiological, developmental and nutritional implications associated with prematurity

Parenteral nutrition in the neonate

Macronutrient, micronutrient and electrolyte provision; central versus peripheral access routes, laboratory monitoring; potential medical and surgical complications; and current research recommendations

Enteral nutrition in the neonate

Disease management of the high-risk neonate

Respiratory distress syndrome, chronic lung disease, cholestasis, patent ductus arteriosis, necrotizing enterocolitis, osteopenia of prematurity, gastrointestinal anomalies and other anomalies with nutrition implications


Drug-nutrient interactions and medications commonly used in the NIICU.

Continuing education accreditation

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) accredited provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered Dietitians will receive 26 continuing professional education credits (CPEUs) for completion of this program.

Application process and deadlines

Upcoming session dates and application deadlines
April 27-May 1, 2015 Feb. 8, 2015
April 25-29, 2016 Feb. 1, 2016
April 24-28, 2017 Feb. 1, 2017

Please submit the application form, your resume or CV and a letter of recommendation from your supervisor by the deadline for the session you wish to attend. You may also provide a letter of recommendation from a neonatologist; however, this is not required.

The registration fee for the one-week course is $500, in addition to the cost for lodging, meals and travel. Information on lodging within walking distance to the hospital is available. Do not send registration fee with your application.

Contact information

For further information, please contact:



Medical advisor

CHOP faculty


Reviewed by: Brenda Waber, RD, CSP, CNDC, LDN
Date: May 2014

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