Diabetes Education for Health Care Providers

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated April 11, 2016

Questions and answers for Diabetes Education for Health Care Providers program.

  1. Why should I consider the Diabetes Education for Health Care Providers program? What sets this program apart from other programs?
    As a student in the Diabetes Education for Health Care Providers program, you’ll enhance your current health care skills while maintaining job and family responsibilities.

  2. When can I start courses in the program?
    You can start any time of the year from September 1 to May 31 as the program has ongoing enrolment.

  3. How is the program offered?
    The program is offered by distance learning. The learning method is home study with print-based learning materials. You can submit your assignments by email, regular mail or fax.

  4. How many courses are there in the program?
    There are six theory courses, one lab and one clinical component.

    You will have 15 weeks to complete each theory course. Some courses have prerequisites.

  5. I have not been in school for awhile. Do you have any suggestions for enhancing my study skills?
    The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library has a wealth of resources that they direct you to help you study, write exams and write papers.

  6. How will I communicate with faculty?
    Program faculty are available to support you via the telephone and email.

    There is no faculty support in July and August as these months are not counted when determining your end date.

  7. I have always attended formal classroom education. Distance learning seems like it would be a lonely experience. Is there any way I could have contact with my classmates?
    While distance learning can be a lonely experience, all students are given the opportunity to complete a Freedom of Information consent form. If you agree to allow our faculty to release your contact information to other students, then you can be linked up with your classmates. Your information is only given to other classmates and is only released with your consent.

  8. How will I progress through the program?
    Each of the theory courses is divided into learning outcomes that cover specific material. Each learning outcome is divided into learning steps that will guide you in your learning. There are review exercises included at the end of each learning outcome that allow you to assess your learning. All theory courses have a final exam and some have a midterm as well.  The courses have assignments to evaluate your knowledge. Guidelines for completing assignments and the grading criteria are included in the course manuals.

    There is one 12-hour lab experience which looks at the role of community development in diabetes prevention and management. The five stages of the Behavioural Change Model are reviewed. You will have an opportunity to practice basic teaching principles and procedures for blood glucose monitoring and ketone testing.

    There is one 60-hour clinical practice education which takes place in your home community (whenever possible). You must successfully complete all the theory and lab courses prior to registering for the clinical practice education course.

    All exams are graded as pass / fail.

  9. Where are the labs held?
    The labs are held at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina or Saskatoon Campus. A minimum number of students are required in order to offer the labs.

  10. Where will my clinical practice education take place?
    You will do your clinical practice education in an agency chosen by you and the program faculty. An experienced agency staff member will guide and direct you, and evaluate your competence.

  11. Where do I write my exams?
    An approved test site will be assigned to you when you are registered in program courses.

    Students can write their exams at the test centres located at a Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus.

    The exams are multiple choice and require the writer to know how to use a mouse and read onscreen instructions.

  12. Can I get credit for prior learning?

    This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.

    If you have three years experience or the equivalent of 5000 hours recent diabetes educator experience, and have an employer reference and have learned the skills and knowledge for one or more of the courses, you may apply to be assessed for each applicable course.

  13. Where can I buy my books and other materials?
    Information on purchasing textbooks and course manuals will be provided when you register. Material is available for purchase online, by phone, or in person.

  14. What completion document do I receive after completing the program?
    Upon graduation, you will receive an applied certificate in Diabetes Education for Health Care Providers.