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Nutrition Assessment and Prescription for Rehabilitation Professionals

Nutrition Assessment and Prescription for Rehabilitation Professionals

Nutrition Assessment and Prescription for Rehabilitation Professionals

This course includes
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Certificate of completion

Course Description:

The purpose of the Assessment and Prescription course is to provide you with an intermediate level of knowledge of nutrition, nutrition assessment, and dietary prescription. Topics will include scope of practice assessment, dietary clinical assessments and problem list creation, and dietary prescription concepts specific for rehabilitation outcomes. The course will be presented in a multimedia approach including visual, auditory, and interactive components to optimize learning for all participants.

This course is not designed to train the rehab professional to become a dietitian, nor does it replace prudent referral to licensed dietary services. 



At the conclusion of the module, clinicians will be able to:

  1. Analyze whether a clinician should be provided specific nutritional services, referred to a licensed dietician or other provider, or deferred for nutritional care altogether.
  2. Understand how to use the following dietary assessments: 24-hour dietary recall, dietary record, and the Food Frequency Questionnaire.
  3. Recall online resources for screening, such as the Fruit, Vegetable, Fiber ScreenerFat Intake Screener; and Mini Nutritional Assessment.
  4. Compare and contrast the benefits and drawbacks to the 24-hour dietary recall, dietary record, and the Food Frequency Questionnaire.
  5. Perform the components of a basic nutrition history
  6. Understand the following forms of physical dietary assessment: serum nutrient levels, saliva testing, and urine sampling
  7. Compare and contrast the benefits and drawbacks to: serum nutrient levels, saliva testing, and urine sampling
  8. Apply the appropriate assessment tool(s) given a specific patient case
  9. Explain the role and methods of dietary goal setting
  10. Provide examples of dietary goal setting specific for patient outcomes
  11. Recall common dietary calculations for macronutrients to promote energy balance and healing for patients
  12. Outline a full dietary prescription including: types and amounts of foods, frequency, prep, calculation of energy needs, calculation of macronutrient needs, nutrient factors, contextual factors
  13. Analyze patients’ dietary prescriptions and provide dietary prescriptive recommendations to optimize healing, movement, and/or reduce pain.

Note: If you have signed up for the Modern Mastery Program by Erson Religioso, do not register for this course. This course is included in the Mastery Program




This course has been approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) for CEUs.

The instructors
Dr. Sean M. Wells

Dr. Sean M. Wells is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and The National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Wells has taught wellness, nutrition, athletic training, and exercise physiology at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). He is current owner of Wells Physical Therapy, a concierge physical therapy and training service serving Ponte Vedra, St Augustine, Naples, and Bonita Springs, FL.

His research interest includes lower back pain, nutrition and healing, and aging mechanisms/models. Sean has been published in the area of orthopedics, aging and nutrition, and fitness. He has helped to author and publish three international peer-reviewed journal articles on nutrition and aging mechanisms. He has published one book on the dangers of CrossFit and is currently working on his 2nd book, Nutritional Physical Therapy. He is second author on Wellness and Physical Therapy 2nd Edition, with contributions for nutrition, community wellness and dry needling. He was contributing author to the fitness section of a South Florida magazine for 3 years, and has been featured in Redbook, Muscle and Fitness Magazine, and Eat This Not That blog. Sean provides an array of services from concierge physical therapy, to post-rehab programs, to personal training, with an overarching emphasis on orthopedics, geriatric health, and fitness.

Course Material included in this course
  • Section 1: Introduction and Scope of Practice
  • Lecture 1.1: Outline and Objectives
  • Lecture 1.2: Nutrition Legalities and Practice
  • Lecture 1.3: When to Refer or Defer?
  • Section 2: Paper and Interview-based Assessment of Diet and Nutrition
  • Lecture 2.1: Paper-based Assessments
  • Lecture 2.2: Interview-based Dietary Assessments
  • Section 3: Nutrition History
  • Lecture 3.1: Basics of Taking a Nutrition History
  • Section 4: Physical Methods of Dietary Assessment
  • Lecture 4.1: Body composition, Skin, and Structure
  • Lecture 4.2: Serum, Saliva, and Other Testing
  • Lecture 4.3: Patient Vignettes for Dietary Assessment
  • Section 5: Principles of Dietary Diagnosis, Prescription, and Goal Setting
  • Lecture 5.1: Developing a Diagnosis: Dietary Problem List
  • Lecture 5.2: Prescribing and Recommending Dietary Changes: Components
  • Lecture 5.3: Dietary Goal Setting
  • Section 6: Dietary Prescriptions and Meal Plans
  • Lecture 6.1: Dietary Prescriptions for Disease States and Conditions
  • Lecture 6.2: Sample Dietary Prescriptions and Menu Planning
  • Section 7: Review and Cases
  • Lecture 7.1: Review and Cases
  • Case History
  • Module Review
  • Course 2 - Examination
  • Instructions
  • Nutrition Assessment and Prescription for Rehabilitation Professionals Evaluation
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