CDR Critical Thinking Self-Study Evaluation Tool


When you submit your exam online, responses are required in two sections:

1. Knowledge/practice information gleaned from the reference.

Earn a minimum score of 70%, and you will receive your Certificate of Completion via automated email.  Your certificate of completion is awarded based on your earning the minimum score of 70% for the exam questions only.  Therefore, the certificate you received verifies that you successfully passed the knowledge portion of the exam.

2. CDR Critical Thinking Self-Study Evaluation Tool

Responses to the CDR Critical Thinking Self-Study Evaluation Tool (these are the 5 survey questions at the end of the exam) do not influence your exam score (each question is worth “0” points), we do not grade them, and they do not influence your exam score. 

If you are audited by CDR, you will need produce two documents (#1 and #2 above) as proof of valid CPEU.

Background and Rationale
The Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) Competency Assurance Panel (CAP) has recently revised its long standing policy requiring that all CPE activities must be beyond entry level and replaced it with all CPE activities are required to be relevant to knowledge, skills, behavior and attitudes of professional dietetics practice.

Across all professions critical thinking is an essential component of evidence-based competent practice. CDR has designed the attached critical thinking tool template to assist CDR credentialed practitioners in reflecting on their new learning and its application to their practice competency while completing self-study products. This critical thinking tool is intended to be an additional evaluation and reflective component of a self-study and should not be viewed as a substitute for any evaluation forms that are currently used by you as product improvement tools. CDR credentialed practitioners must also retain one copy of the completed tool for each self-study product completed for their records to be submitted to CDR if audited. The original is to be submitted to the self-study provider in order to receive the provider issued certificate of completion.

Critical thinking can be defined as the objective analysis, interpretation and evaluation of a topic or issue in order to form a judgment. Good critical thinking can draw reasonable conclusion from a set of information and discriminate between useful and less useful details to solve a problem or make a decision. (1)
Evidence-based dietetics practice involves the process of asking questions, systematically finding research evidence, and assessing its validity, applicability and importance to food and nutrition practice decisions; and includes applying relevant evidence in the context of the practice situation and the values of clients, customers and communities to achieve positive outcomes. (2)

Evidence based practice considers the best available evidence and the strength of the evidence.
This tool has been created to help the CDR credentialed practitioner utilize essential critical thinking skills as they apply to evidence-based practice.

1.    Health Sciences Reasoning Test with Numeracy (HSRT-N) and the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI). View reference online here.
2.    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Quality Management Committee. Definition of terms. 2017.