In order to achieve a high level of Infant Feeding Technician confidence and performance, reduce errors, and assure the safe preparation and handling of infant formula and human milk, this 20 CE hour, on-demand, online certificate program was developed, based on the guidelines detailed in the third edition of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Infant and Pediatric Feedings.
Who Should Attend
This asynchronous program was specifically designed for NICU Infant Feeding Technicians, but is also an attractive resource for dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) and other healthcare professionals responsible for preparation of human milk and formula feedings in all pediatric units.
This course consists of modules hosted online, comprised of PowerPoint presentations, videos, demonstrations, and supplementary readings. Participants will view a sequence of lectures and complete multiple-choice quizzes, to assess and reinforce learning and to aid in course progression. A variety of written and multimedia assessments will also be utilized throughout the course. Additionally, a final written examination will be assigned at the end of the course to determine participant’s mastery of the material and ability to use this knowledge in “real world” applications.
In order to progress through the course, participants must complete all assignments in sequence, as each is a prerequisite for the next.
Additionally, participants will have access to the course for a period of 90 days, and all required assignments must be completed within this time-frame. Course deadlines have been eliminated for all students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Take as much time as you need to complete the course and take care of yourself.
Participants will be able to:
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- Display a strong understanding of and demonstrate safe preparation and handling techniques for infant formula and human milk.
- Demonstrate the ability to accurately calculate and prepare infant formula and human milk feedings to meet diet order specifications and according to institution protocols.
- Accurately describe the infant feeding technician’s role in infant feeding documentation and inventory control.
- Define the infant feeding technician’s role in reducing common errors during the preparation, handling, and storage of infant formula and human milk.
- Display a baseline knowledge of neonatal nutrition needs and can identify key differences between various types of commercial infant formulas, as well as human milk.
Continuing Education Units
Upon successful completion of the program, Registered Nurses and Registered Dietitians can earn 20.0 RN CE or RD CPEU. A professional certification is not currently available for infant feeding technicians, but all participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.
The fee for this online training is $300 per person. There is a 10% discount available for companies registering two or more participants at the same time.
There is a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations will not be accepted after the participant has started the course.
Textbook: Steele, Caroline and Collins, Emily. Infant and Pediatric Feedings: Guidelines for Preparation of Human Milk and Formula in Health Care Facilities, 3rd ed. Chicago: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2019 (Link to publisher’s website)