Diabetes Educator Certificate Program – Winter 2017

Become a Certified Diabetes Educator

Diabetes Educator Certificate Program-Course Outline

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This fully online course is designed to help prepare health care professionals and educators to complete the Canadian Diabetes Educator Examination to become certified in Canada to work as a diabetes educator.

This course reflects the competencies as described in the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board (CDECB) Handbook and will provide health care professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to manage and educate patients with Diabetes. Participants will enhance their knowledge on all aspects of diabetes management including disease process, glycemic targets, medication/nutritional management, diabetic complications as well as the education theory and self-management strategies that can enhance the education of patients living with or at risk for diabetes. Participants enrolled in this program are expected to complete the six modules requirements within a twelve week time frame.

 Learning Objectives

Upon successful competition of this certificate-level continuing education program, you will be better able to:

  1. Discuss the pathophysiology, epidemiology and risk factors for the development of the different types of diabetes.
  2. 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.
  3. Educate a patient on the role of nutrition, physical activity and exercise in the prevention and management of diabetes.
  4. Counsel a patient on the different pharmacological treatment options through the course of living with diabetes.
  5. Review strategies to prevent, screen and identify diabetic complications.
  6. Use the self-management principles to enhance the diabetes education provided to patients and their families.
  7. Understand and tailor diabetes management and education provided to patients based on patient factors and their stage of life (ie. Child, adolescent, adult)
  8. Critically analyse current national and international guidelines relating to the prevention and management of diabetes, and apply these to different complex clinical situations.

Admission Requirements

This course is for regulated health professionals interested in diabetes management and education:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Registered Kinesiologists
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Social and Mental Health Workers
  • Physicians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Other registered health professionals

Course Modules

This certificate program is made up of multiple modules for self-study and each module is intended to be completed every two weeks:

Module One – Teaching and Learning: This module covers the role of diabetes education professionals, health literacy and adult education as well as chronic disease self-management principles.

Module Two – Diabetes Basics: This module will review the pathophysiology of diabetes, diagnosis and classification and well as clinical monitoring and glycemic targets related to living with diabetes. Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome are also covered.

Module Three – Living with Diabetes: This module will provide you with the foundation knowledge required to understand how diabetes is treated and the recommended approaches for the effective management of diabetes. This module will go over lifestyle therapy (nutrition and exercise) and pharmacotherapy (oral agents and insulin therapy) in the management of diabetes.

Module Four – Acute Complications of Diabetes: This module will identify diabetic emergencies and initiate appropriate treatment for hypoglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar non-ketotic acidosis.

Module Five – Chronic Complications of Diabetes: This module will review the screening and implications of macrovascular and microvascular complications of diabetes, including cardiovascular disease, retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy among others.

Module Six – Special Topics and Populations: This module will cover special considerations with diabetes throughout the lifespan (children, adolescents, elderly) and include pregnancy in diabetes as well as gestational diabetes. Cultural consideration of populations will also be reviewed.

Each module contains course reading and supplementary materials, multiple choice questions, and reflective activities to enhance your learning style and needs. You are encouraged to enhance your learning by accessing additional information resources as appropriate. The course will be facilitated by Certifies Diabetes Educators.

Credential Earned: Certificate of Completion

Program Length: 12 weeks. Students enrolled in the program are expected to complete the six modules requirements within this time frame.

Time Requirements: 4-8 hours a week, including listening/viewing, reading, quizzing and writing

Start Date: January 11, 2017

Tuition: Register before November 30, 2016 for early bird rate of $850
  After November 30, 2016 $955


Headshot of Mireille Landry

Mireille Landry received a BScPT from Queen’s University and a 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.

Technical Requirements for Online course participation:

To participate in the online course, 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/)
3. A recent version of Adobe Flash. It can be downloaded from http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ although some web browsers include it.

It is possible to view course content and participate on the discussion board with a smart phone using the Blackboard Mobile Learn app; however, it cannot be used to take tests. Links to download the app for iOS, Android, and Blackberry can be found at: http://www.portalinfo.utoronto.ca/content/blackboard-mobile-learn

Please note: While this program will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work as a diabetes educator, graduating from this program does not make you a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). This ADVICE Program reflects the competencies as described in the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board (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 http://www.cdecb.ca/

For further information about this course of to register, please contact pt.coned@utoronto.ca

Refund for withdrawal from the course is subject to a $50.00 administration fee and must be made 5 days prior to the commencement of a course.