Exam Preparation

The National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists does not endorse any specific exam    preparation material but below you will find several resources that may be beneficial in preparing for the exam.  We recommend that you choose one or two comprehensive resource and supplement that with official position papers from our member societies as well as educational videos offered by these societies.

Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 9th Edition. ShilsShikeOlson. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0683307696.

Nutrition in Clinical Practice, Third Edition. David L. Katz, MD, MPH, MS, Rachel S.C. Friedman MD, MHS, Sean C. Lucan MD, MPH, MS. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1451186642.

A.S.P.E.N. Adult Nutrition Support Core Curriculum, 2nd Edition. Charles Mueller. American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition. 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1889622071.

Metabolic Medicine and Surgery, 1st Edition. Michael Rothkopf, Michael J. Nusbaum, Lisa P. Haverstick. CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group. 2013. ISBN-13: 978-1466567122.

Heimburger DC, Ard JD. Handbook of clinical nutrition. 4 th ed. Philadelphia: Mosby Elsevier, 2006. A 600-page spiral-bound pocket-sized handbook covering all aspects of clinical nutrition.


Online Series

Nutrition in Medicine. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina. A superbly designed self-instructional resource covering most aspects of clinical nutrition. Developed for physicians studying nutrition at almost any stage of their training. A comprehensive set of foundation modules covers key nutrition concepts and their practical applications. Tightly focused clinical modules of 5-15 minute length teach practical skills.


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