This course awards 1 credit hour continuing
professional education.

Basic BIA

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Upon successful completion of the post-test, the participant will be awarded one (1) hour of Continuing Education credit. Course grading and certificate generation are immediate.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Describe BIA and its use in health and disease
2. List the four data-types required for the BIA equations
3. Describe how to position the patient to take a reading
4. Define the meaning of the readings from the standpoint of BCM and ECM

This course is followed by a post-test which must be completed successfully with a score of 80% or better in order to receive continuing education credit.


Hi-R-Ed Online University is approved as a continuing education provider for nurses with the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider # CEP 13804). This course is approved for one (1) continuing education credit hour.


Hi-R-Ed Online University is an approved provider as registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (provider # NU003).This course is approved for dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered for one continuing education contact hour.


Primary author - Cade Fields-Gardner, MS, RD, LD, CD
Technical writer - Sheila Miles, RN

Need to know about BIA in a hurry?  You’ve come to the right place!  No time to waste… let’s get started!


Or, if you want to go directly to the Post-Test, click here.


First, some basic concepts:  BIA is an electrical reading (don’t worry, it is a lot less shocking than static electricity…  actually imperceptible) and if you use the right equations, you can use the results to tell if someone has enough of the tissues they need to stay alive and function well.  Let’s start with how to do a BIA.  For those of you with us for this section, you will need to make sure that you are taking a good reading.  I mean, what is the point of doing this if your readings are bogus! 


[If you want to know more, you can find very specific information by checking out the longer BIA course, Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis, elsewhere on this site.]


Let's move on to the next section, Methods

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