Diabetes Educator Certificate Program – Spring 2019

14 February-23 May 2019*

A Thirteen-Week Online Certificate Program

Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

*Note: No program activities 10-16 March

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NEW!! The Diabetes Educator Certificate Program has been revised and updated to address the most recent clinical practice guidelines from Diabetes Canada.

Diabetes education is a subspecialty for many health professionals, and this online certificate program will provide you with the tools you need to educate your patients. Participants will enhance their knowledge of all aspects of diabetes management including disease process, glycemic targets, medication and nutritional management, and diabetic complications. We will also explore self-management strategies and education theory to enhance the education of patients living with, or at risk for, diabetes. Interprofessional learning is a significant component of this certificate program, and we welcome physical therapists, registered nurses and nurse practitioners, pharmacists, registered kinesiologists, dietitians and nutritionists, social and mental health workers, physicians, occupational therapists and other registered health professionals. Program content and activities are designed according to the International Diabetes Federation’s Standards for Education of Diabetes Health Professionals.  

Participants enrolled in this program will complete six online modules and all other certificate components within a thirteen-week period. You should plan to devote four to eight hours per week to the program. Those who complete the program will receive an official certificate of completion.

Please note: Graduating from this program does not make you a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). This Certificate Program reflects the competencies as described in the CDECB Handbook and as such will help educators prepare to write the CDE Exam with the CDECB. To become certified in Canada, you must pass an exam administered by the CDECB. For more information on taking the CDE Exam, please visit the CDECB website at www.cdecb.ca


At the conclusion of this program, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the pathophysiology, epidemiology, and risk factors for the development of the different types of diabetes.
  • Review with a patient the diagnosis of pre-diabetes and diabetes, as well as glycemic targets and parameters requiring monitoring to reduce the risk of diabetic complications.
  • Educate a patient on the roles of nutrition, physical activity, and exercise in the prevention and management of diabetes.
  • Counsel a patient on the different pharmacological treatment options through the course of living with diabetes.
  • Review strategies to prevent, screen, and identify diabetic complications.
  • Implement self-management principles to enhance diabetes education provided to patients and their families.
  • Effectively adapt diabetes management and education provided to patients based on patient factors and their stage of life (e.g. child, adolescent, adult).
  • Critically analyse current national and international guidelines relating to the prevention and management of diabetes, and apply these to different complex clinical situations.


  • Six online modules (including readings, online lectures, guiding questions, and additional resources)
  • Six module quizzes
  • Active participation in online discussion board, moderated by the program facilitators
  • Written Assignment: Chart-Stimulated Reflection
  • Final examination


Module topics will be posted in Fall 2018, once updates to course content in light of new Diabetes Canada practice guidelines have been completed.


Headshot of Mireille LandryMireille Landry, PT, MSc, received her BScPT from Queen’s University and her MSc from the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Toronto. Mireille’s clinical background includes cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and exercise physical therapy in acute care, private practice, and ambulatory care settings. In 2011, she became a Certified Diabetes Educator, one of few physiotherapists to hold that designation. She is currently the Exercise Coordinator for the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women’s College Hospital – a cardiac rehabilitation and primary prevention program for women. Mireille has a teaching appointment at the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy. She is an experienced teacher in the area of cardiorespiratory conditions, exercise and sports therapy. Mireille is also an active member of the Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC) division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is currently a director on the board of SPC. She also has post-graduate certification through SPC.

Nicola Farnell has worked as a Nurse Practitioner in Endocrinology at Women’s College Hospital since 2007 and has been a Certified Diabetes Educator since 2010. She works with individuals with Type 2 diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, gestational diabetes, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Nicola is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.

Janis Rusen is a Clinical Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator working in the Endocrinology Program and the CACE Complex Care Clinic at Women’s College Hospital. She is also a recent recipient of WCH’s Joint Excellence Teacher/Educator Award. We are excited to welcome her as a new instructor to the Diabetes Educator Certificate Program in 2019!


To participate in this online offering, you will need:

  1. An up-to-date web browser, preferably Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari.
  2. A recent version of Adobe Reader (http://get.adobe.com/reader/)


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Registration fees include all certificate program materials

Early Bird Fee:                   $835 (received on or before Sunday, 27 January 2019)

Regular Fee:                       $985 (received after Sunday, 27 January 2019)

Registration Deadline:   7 February 2019 Now extended to 10 February 2019!

Phone: (416) 946-8641 • Fax: (416) 946-8562

For further information please contact: pt.coned@utoronto.ca

Refund for withdrawal is subject to a $75.00 administration fee and must be requested at least 5 days prior to the commencement of the program.

The University of Toronto reserves the right to cancel in cases of insufficient registration.