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Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals

Advanced Certificate

Program Overview

As a health care professional, you’re keenly aware of the need for diabetes education in our communities. More than 3 million Canadians live with diabetes, another 6 million live with pre-diabetes—diabetes education has never been more important.

Whether you’re a registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, dietician, pharmacist, advanced care paramedic, nutritionist or recreation/exercise specialist, Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals will help you meet the growing need for responsive, informed education.

Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals is an advanced certificate program offered through distance learning. Saskatchewan Polytechnic developed the program in direct response to growing need in our communities, especially our Aboriginal communities.

Through a combination of theory, labs and clinical education, you’ll get the knowledge and skills you need to meet the health care needs of people living with diabetes. You’ll focus on:

  • issues of cultural diversity
  • approaches to adult learning
  • Primary Health Care Model and Canadian Diabetes Association clinical practice guidelines
  • primary prevention strategies and population health approach to disease prevention
  • understanding and managing diabetes (prevention, treatment, complications and nutrition & activity management)

Learn At Your Own Pace

The Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals program offers flexible start times, course sequencing and choice of clinical experience. The online, distance-based program includes 11 courses. Study part-time at your own pace to complete the program within five years (current students at November 18, 2015).

Note: Individuals who apply to the program on or after November 19, 2015, must complete the program within four years.

Hands-on Learning

Hands-on learning is an important part of the program. You’ll practice new skills in a 12-hour lab and finish the program with 60 hours of clinical practice education.

Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

The Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals program is specifically designed to meet the needs of health care professionals—RNs and LPNs, registered psychiatric nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, advanced care paramedics, nutritionists and recreation/ exercise specialists. You’ll be prepared to provide consistent, current and accurate information about diabetes prevention, education and care in a wide variety of health settings across Saskatchewan and Canada.

For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you or visit www.healthcareersinsask.ca.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Ongoing:

For more information, contact diabetesed@saskpolytech.ca.


Length: 15 weeks per course

Current students at November 18, 2015, must complete the program within five years. Note: Individuals who apply to the program on or after November 19, 2015, must complete the program within four years.

Locations

  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Registration/licensure with an appropriate professional body (i.e., SRNA, SALPN or pharmacists) in the province where your clinical experience will occur
  • Currently employed in the health care sector
  • English Language Requirement

Note

  • You will need to have current immunizations according to the Regional Health Authority where your clinical experience will take place.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

For more information, contact diabetesed@saskpolytech.ca

Courses

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Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CLIN 231
Clinical Component
4
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The clinical component consists of a 60-hour clinical experience that integrates the theory you learned and the lab component. Your clinical experiences will be scheduled in an agency chosen by you in conjunction with the faculty of the Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals program. An experienced agency staff member will guide and direct you, and evaluate your competence. You will be expected to demonstrate responsibility and accountability for your own learning. You will be in an unpaid student role and require time off work to complete the clinical component.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): HLTH 272, HLTH 273
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience -Individual
CLTR 260
Cultural Considerations
3
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Using cultural sensitivity as a guiding premise, your studies will focus on issues related to cultural diversity and how cultural beliefs, practices and traditions influence diabetes care and management. You will explore ways to ensure culturally sensitive care and education. You will also examine the benefits of culturally sensitive care.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): EDUC 260
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Individual
EDUC 260
The Education Process
4
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Using the principles of adult learning, your studies will focus on the characteristics of all adult learners and the approaches used to enhance learning and healthy self-care practices. You will also use the Staged Model of Change in Practice to explore the behaviours that affect learning and your clients' readiness to learn.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): HLTH 267
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Individual
HLTH 266
Diabetes Management: A Review
3
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Your studies will focus on a review of the basic features of diabetes and diabetes management. You will discuss topics related to pathophysiology (including population health concepts, epidemiology and demographics of diabetes, risk factors for diabetes and key client management strategies).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
HLTH 267
Primary Prevention
3
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Primary prevention is a prescription for change. Your studies will focus on a population health approach to diabetes prevention by considering the determinants of health and the effectiveness of interventions. Using community development principles, you will explore strategies to promote the importance of diabetes prevention. You will be introduced to evidence-based practice and its role in health promotion and the primary prevention of diabetes. You will also explore prevention strategies aimed at facilitating behaviour change in people at high risk for developing diabetes.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): HLTH 266
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Individual
HLTH 268
Insulin and Oral Agents
4
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You will study the oral diabetes medications and insulins used in diabetes management in Canada, focusing on their actions, advantages/disadvantages of different regimens and principles of management. You will apply this information in client education, considering drug interactions and use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications. You will learn about complementary and alternative therapies and diabetes. You will become aware of financial and support programs for people living with diabetes.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): HLTH 269
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Individual
HLTH 269
Nutrition Management
4
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You will study both the principles of healthy eating and the specifics of nutritional management of diabetes. You will learn how to use Just the Basics and other tools to provide nutrition education for people with diabetes. You will learn about special considerations when dealing with bariatric clients and the management of diabetes. You will give consideration to special nutritional needs that may be concurrent with diabetes, including using alcohol, dining out, vegetarian eating, travelling, eating disorders and altered work patterns. You will also consider the influence of cultural differences in eating on diabetes management.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CLTR 260
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Individual
HLTH 270
Activity Management
3
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You will review the benefits of physical activity and its role in diabetes management. You will explore the limitations and barriers people living with diabetes face when incorporating physical activity into the management plan.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): HLTH 268
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Individual
HLTH 271
Complications: Acute and Chronic
4
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You will examine the five major long-term complications of diabetes. Your studies will focus on support to the client in assessment, management and prevention strategies. You will also examine the physiological changes related to aging that increase the risks for diabetes complications.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): HLTH 270
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Individual
HLTH 272
Diabetes Care Across the Lifespan
3
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Using the Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for the prevention and management of diabetes in Canada as a framework, you will examine optimum management strategies for supporting all people living with diabetes. You will study gender-specific health issues in diabetes, and you will examine physiological changes related to growth, development and aging, and their effects on diabetes management. You will also study the psychosocial and mental health issues of people living with a chronic illness experience.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): HLTH 271
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Individual
HLTH 273
Lab Component
1
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You will explore the role of community development and capacity building in diabetes prevention and management. You will practice motivational interviewing techniques. You will look at how current issues and trends affect diabetes care, prevention and education. You will practice performing a foot assessment.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 12.0
Prerequisites(s): CLTR 260
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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