Diabetes Courses

You can gain learn more about diabetes nursing through course work and independent study. These are the two main options. Depending on where you live, it might be possible to join a study group to prepare for diabetes certification.  Information on courses is provided below.

The Michener Institute Diabetes Educator Certificate Program
Offered twice a year, the program is delivered by distance on-line education and workshops. You study on your own time, at your own pace and the program is completed in seven months.  The program is recognized by the International Diabetes Federation and follows the Curriculum for Diabetes Health Professional Education.  Tuition costs approximately $1480, not including textbooks.

Aileen Knip comments :  “The Michener course is an excellent way to learn the basics of diabetes and to see if this is a specialty you wish to pursue. I have spoken with people who have taken the program and hear it is excellent. Of course you still must obtain the clinical hours in order to write the CDE. The Michener fieldwork courses cannot be applied to hours needed towards writing the CDE.”

Admission Requirements
• Degree or diploma in a related health profession
• A minimum of two years of current patient care experience.
• Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide proof of an English language assessment.

As well, Michener offers several Specialty Diabetes Course.

Saint Elizabeth Health Career College offers a Virtual CDE Study Group. This virtual study group will guide and support health professionals in understanding the core competencies for Diabetes Educators identified by the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board. Registration is now open for the 18 week 2016 study group.

The Confederation College, Diabetes Education Graduate Program provides a link to an Application Package, where the program is described. The part-time program comprises 4 elearning courses and two practical courses, listed below. Prior Learning Assessment is available for a fee.

• Diabetes: The Basics
• Introduction to Patient Education
• Living with Diabetes
• Special Issues with Diabetes
• Diabetes Fieldwork I
• Diabetes Fieldwork II

To find the diabetes courses at Cambrian College, Sudbury, click here and search using the keyword 'diabetes'.

Ontario Learns
This consortium of 22 Ontario Community Colleges (which includes Confederation and Cambrian Colleges) is dedicated to developing and delivering online courses. The Ontario Learns elearning diabetes courses are hosted by Confederation College (see above) but registration is through the individual colleges. The fieldwork courses are not offered through Ontario Learns and it is not clear whether all the elearning diabetes courses are offered every year. 

For information on courses and fee schedules at a college near you, go to Ontario Learns
- Search using ‘diabetes’ as keyword

Other Community College Courses
Community colleges may offer other continuing education courses related to diabetes care. For instance, in the past, Algonquin College, Ottawa has offered courses on basic and advanced nursing skills for foot care.



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