Certified Clinical Transplant Dietitian (CCTD)

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

The purposes of this certification 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 Certification

The CCTD certification is valid for three years, after which an application must be submitted for recertification. Initial eligibility requirements are listed below. Eligibility will be evaluated by the Transplant Nutrition Workgroup.


Core Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for the CCTD, individuals must meet all the following core requirements:

1) Must be an active Registered Dietitian with the Commission of Dietetic Registration or a body determined to be equivalent if not located in the United States
2) Currently work in a transplant center or in a transplant related field
3) Obtain a minimum of 4000 hours (2 full years) of transplant dietitian experience
     Examples of transplant dietitian experience included the following:

  • Interaction with transplant candidates, recipients, and living donors.
  • Attendance of transplant specific meetings (e.g. Patient Selection, Quality, etc.…..).
  • Participation in transplant rounds or performance improvement projects.
  • Providing transplant nutrition education to staff


Additional Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for certification as a CCTD, individuals must meet the core requirements outlined above and have completed at least one of the following in the prior 5 years:

  • Published a transplant nutrition-related article in a peer-reviewed journal or book.
  • Provided an oral presentation on a transplant nutrition-related topic (can include roundtable or panel discussions) 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 1 year.
  • Attended a national transplant or transplant nutrition conference two times.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 transplant specific CEU’s.

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)


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


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).