The NATCO Certified Clinical Transplant Dietitian (CCTD) certification recognizes registered dietitians practicing in transplantation who have met strict eligibility requirements encompassing registration status, experience, and professional engagement.

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* 1. The purposes of the Certified Clinical Transplant Dietitian are to:

· Recognize individuals who have met professional standards and who possess clinical expertise based on specialized experience and professional engagement in transplantation,
· Help registered dietitians distinguish themselves as advanced practitioners in the nutrition care of transplant candidates, recipients, and living donors,
· Enhance professional and public recognition of transplant dietitians,
· Reassure patients and their families of professional nutrition services specific to transplantation,
· Increase awareness of transplant nutrition as a highly specialized, professional classification of clinical nutrition,
· Provide a mechanism for the attainment of a professional distinction and expertise, and to promote professionalism within the transplant dietitian community.

Eligibility for Re-Certification

The CCTD certification is valid for three (3) years from date of issuance.

To be eligible for re-certification, individuals must be an active Registered Dietitian with the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR), or a body determined to be equivalent if not located in the United States, have maintained 2 years full time or 4,000 hours over 5 years of transplant dietitian experience, and have completed one of the following within the last 3 years:


Re-Certification Eligibility Requirements

· Published a transplant nutrition related article in a peer-reviewed journal or book.
· Provided an oral presentation (can include roundtable or panel discussions) on a transplant nutrition topic at a national transplant or nutrition conference.
· Provided a webinar presentation on a transplant nutrition related topic for a national transplant or nutrition organization.
· Presented a poster on a transplant nutrition related topic at a national transplant conference.
· Served on a national committee related to transplant and/or transplant nutrition for a minimum of one (1) year.
· Complete a minimum of 20 transplant specific CEU’s in the 3 years since last certified.

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* 2. Transplant-specific education includes the following:

Any offering from NATCO or other national transplant-related organizations such as:

· American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation (AFDT)
· American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS)
· American Society for Transplantation (AST)
· International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS)
· International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT)
· International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS)
· Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (The Alliance)
· United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

and/or

Any offering from a national nutrition or medical organization specific to transplant nutrition or transplant dietitian practices. These organizations may include:

· The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
· American Society of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (ASPEN)
· National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
· Dietitians in Nutrition Support

and/or

Any offering that provides Category 1 CME approved credits on a transplant specific topic.

NATCO Transplant Nutrition Workgroup will accept any of these educational offerings regardless of whether they have been approved by bodies like the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR).

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* 3. Enter your contact information:

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* 4. Please visit this link to download the Statement of Understanding.

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* 5. CORE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT:  Please visit this link for the CCTD Qualifying Experience Form. Please upload this form.  If multiple forms are necessary to account for the full 4,000 hours of experience, please combine into one pdf before uploading.

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* 6. CORE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT:  Please upload documentation of your Registered Dietitian status from the Commission on Dietetic Registration, or a body determined to be equivalent. (example: copy of your CDR card)

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* 7. ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT:  Please select at least one of the following eligibility requirements that you have performed within the immediate 5 prior years.  Upload evidence of this requirement below.

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* 8. ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY:  Please upload evidence of eligibility requirement(s) selected above in question 7. For continuing education units please provide both a summary graph and total number of CEUs plus CEU certificate. CEU Log

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* 9. The application fee for the Certified Clinical Transplant Dietitian is based on your NATCO membership.  Membership in NATCO is $175 annually.  Please select from the following status options.  A representative of NATCO will invoice you for the appropriate fee.  There is a non-refundable $25 administration fee for ALL applications.  This fee is included in the fees below:

Thank you for your submission. Within the next few days you will receive confirmation that your application has been received, notification that an invoice has been created in your account for the application fee, and information regarding next steps from the NATCO office. If you have immediate questions or concerns please contact Teresa Bristow at info@natco1.org.

If you have a NATCO account, please login and verify that your information is current and accurate. If you Do Not have a NATCO account, please take a moment to create one. You will be using this account throughout the CCTD process and for NATCO membership.

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Once your application is processed you will be notified via email by a member of the Transplant Dietitian Workgroup. Applications are due April 1st and October 1st of each year. Applications will only be processed twice per year. Qualified applicants will receive a Clinical Transplant Dietitian Certification certificate via email. This certification will be valid for three years. The NATCO membership included with the application fee is a one-time offer only.

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