USDA Online Course Teaches WIC Nutrition
Educators By Len Carey, (301) 504 6778,
November 29, 2004
BELTSVILLE, Md., Nov. 29--The U.S. Department of Agriculture has made
available a free web-based training course for registered dietitians and others
who work with USDA's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants,
and Children (WIC).
Learning Online course was developed at USDA's
National Agricultural Library by the
library's WIC Works Resource
System, in collaboration with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The online course provides WIC staff
with a free, user-friendly and time-efficient method for staff development and
The online course has been approved as a self study course by the
American Dietetic Association's
Dietetic Registration, meaning that completing the course counts toward the
continuing professional education requirements for Registered Dietitians.
The course is composed of 12-modules organized into four lessons. Each
module provides a basic introduction and background on the topic, as well as
tips for practical application in the clinic setting. Each module requires less
than 30 minutes for completion. The course includes an online tutorial, a
bookmark feature that allows students to re-enter the course at the same point
at which they stopped, and job aids that can be printed for future reference.
The course is publicly available. Anyone can take the course by
logging onto the site and creating a unique username and password. A student
who successfully completes the assessments at the end of each lesson with a
score of 70 percent or better may print a personalized certificate of
The National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Md., is part of the
Agricultural Research Service, a USDA
scientific research agency.