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Formula Technicians are responsible for providing nutritional services through preparing and distributing human milk, formula feedings, and maintaining formula labs in NICUs and/or pediatric floors of hospitals.
This noncredit course provides specialized training for technicians to increase confidence and capacity and decrease errors. Technicians receive training in every aspect of proper human milk and formula preparation based on infant feeding guidelines from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, including:
• Basic mathematics
• Medical terminology formula ratios
• Calorie mix
• Aseptic handling techniques
• Inventory control
• Customer service
Labs are becoming an important part of NICU and/or pediatric floors in hospitals, as they allow formula and breast milk to be prepared in a safe and sterile locations.
Upon completion, students are eligible for 1.6 continuing education units (CEUs) and a certificate.
Jennifer Powell Bolton, Ph.D., RDN, developed and instructs the course. She created the class to meet the growing need for trained professionals in infant need preparation. Dr. Bolton is an instructor for the MSU Denver Department of Nutrition, and has been a maternal and child nutrition profession and a clinical dietitian for over 20 years.
There are no prerequisites required. Students do not need to hold a college degree nor have specific work experience.
Since this is a noncredit certificate, you do not need to complete a formal admissions application. You simply need to register at www.msudenver.edu/formulatech.
The course is $425, plus the cost of the textbook. There is a $35 transaction fee per payment.
Many hospitals will pay for their employees to earn this certificate. Payment can be made by the student and reimbursed according to your employer’s rules, or the employer can pay directly for the certificate on your behalf.
Discounts for multiple students from the same hospital or organization may apply. Please contact us for more information before registering.
You will receive an automatic receipt via email once you complete the registration.
Noncredit courses and certificates at MSU Denver do not qualify for financial aid.
Unfortunately, we do not offer course waivers based upon education nor experience. You must successfully complete the entire course to receive an MSU Denver certificate.
The course is offered in fall 2021, and future offerings will be posted in spring 2022.
For Fall 2021, the course begins September 1 and ends September 30. Students have until August 31 to register.
Yes, the textbook will need to be purchased for $45 (though it can be shared with others in the same hospital/organization).
The training is delivered entirely online, and in a self-paced format. You can work through the course material as quickly or as slowly as needed. The course material is asynchronous and does not require you to login at a certain time.
Students determine the amount of time needed to master the material provided in each module. The instructor provides assistance when needed.
The course is conducted through Canvas Learning Management System. Course material includes discussion boards, reading, projects, and quizzes. There is no formal exam required for completion.
Yes, upon completion the student is eligible for 1.6 CEUs.
Students may drop or cancel a course up until the day before the course begins and receive a full refund. No refund will be given after the course begins. To drop or cancel a course, please contact Andrea Pazos at [email protected] or 303-615-1234.
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