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Diabetes Education for Health Care Providers

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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 page.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page


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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

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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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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