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

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Ongoing:

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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.


  • Distance Learning options available


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


  • 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.


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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.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Additional Information

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Part-Time Delivery

To graduate and receive a credential for this program, part-time students must apply to the program and be admitted before taking any program courses.

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