Diabetes Education for Health Care Providers is an applied certificate
program that provides health care providers with the knowledge,
judgment, skills and attitudes needed to meet the health care needs of
individuals with diabetes. The program is for health care providers with
the following designations:
community health representative (CHR)
community health educator (CHE)
continuing care assistant (CCA)
primary care paramedic (PCP)
licensed practical nurse (LPN)
graduate practical nurse
This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing
education. For complete program information, check the program
Your studies will focus on the diabetes complications that can be prevented or delayed. You will be introduced to the different tools used to monitor diabetes status and identify how they help in preventing complications. You will learn the importance of good foot and skin care, how to assess for changes and how to teach clients the basics of good foot care.
You will learn the five important parts of diabetes management and ways
to support the client in promoting and reinforcing the importance of a
healthy lifestyle. The course content includes the basic actions of oral
medications and insulin, their side effects and what to do about them. You
will also learn how to address cultural traditions and differences.
You will learn how to support the client in preventing and managing the
two acute complications of diabetes (hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia).
You will be introduced to the tools used to monitor for changes in blood
glucose, how to use them and what to do with the results. You will also
learn how to document and report your findings.
Teaching and learning in diabetes care is an essential part of the client
management plan. The course content includes the basic goal of education
and the role of self-management in diabetes care. You will review the
principles of good communication and how to assess your clients’ readiness to learn. You will be introduced to the stages of behaviour change that help guide the education process.
You will examine situations that can affect the day-to-day management of
diabetes. You will learn how to assess and care for clients with an acute
illness. You will also learn why pre-planning for events like feasts, travel,
sick days or surgery help to enhance diabetes self-care.
The course provides an introduction to diabetes. You will study basic features of diabetes, diabetes management and diabetes prevention. You will learn what happens in the body when diabetes develops, the different types of diabetes, risk factors and how diabetes can be prevented.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 27,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.