- Duration: 40 hours
Diabetes Educator Course, based on the 2020 Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines, is designed to provide you with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge, learn the basic knowledge of diabetes, explore the complexities of diabetes management and advance the practice of a health professional or non-health professional to support individuals with diabetes.
Role of Diabetes Educator: Diabetes Educators work collaboratively with their patients to develop the best treatment plan, educate on nutrition and medication as well as promote positive lifestyle choices. They work with patients and their families to teach diabetes self-management and help patients gain control of the disease.
Course prerequisite: Degree or diploma in one of the following regulated health professions (other regulated health professions may be considered on a case by case basis):
- Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), Registered Dietitian (RD), Physician, Chiropodist, Pharmacist or Kinesiologist AND
- Registered and licensed with a regulatory body in Canada as one of the above regulated health professions; AND
- A minimum of one year of current patient care experience* in your profession;
- Students must have access to a computer that meets the minimum system requirements, access to the Internet, and an e-mail account
- Access to and basic proficiency with a PDF reader, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint are also required as they are used to access course material and submit evaluation items
*Please note: Applicants for the Diabetes Educator Certificate Program are considered to have sufficient ‘patient care experience’ if they are a working health professional with a degree or diploma in a regulated health profession, who routinely interacts with patients to provide treatment, counseling and education about disease processes and healthcare issues.
General Eligibility: Health professionals – Physician/Dietitian/Students or Professors of Health Sciences
- Content Goals
- Gain knowledge of various Diabetes concepts, such as:
- Pathophysiology of Diabetes,
- Oral Hyperglycemic Agents,
- Self-Management Education and Learning,
- Intensive Insulin Management: Initiation of Insulin Therapy, Titration and Pattern Management
- Acute and Chronic Illness Management,
- Special Population and Issues,
- Physical Activity and Nutrition Management,
- Diabetes Management in Children, Adolescents, Older Adults and Pregnancy.
Module 1. Overview of Diabetes (4 hrs.)
Module 2. Diabetes: Self-Management (4 hrs.)
Module 3A. Treatment of Diabetes: Antihyperglycemic Agents (4 hrs.)
Module 3B. Treatment of Diabetes: Insulin Therapy – Types and Methods (4 hrs.)
Module 3C. Treatment of Diabetes: Insulin Therapy – Treatment Regimen (4 hrs.)
Module 4: Acute Complications of Diabetes (4 hrs.)
Module 5. Chronic Complications of Diabetes (4 hrs.)
Module 6. Monitoring Diabetes – Tools and Aids (4 hrs.)
Module 7. Nutrition Management (4 hrs.)
Module 8. Diabetes and Physical Activity (4 hrs.)
Module 9. Diabetes in Pregnancy, Through Lifespan (4 hrs.)
Module 10. Diabetes and Special Considerations (4 hrs.)