Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals (Part-time studies)

School of Nursing 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.

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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.


Clinical Practice Education (CLIN-231CE)
Cultural Considerations (CLTR-260CE)
The Education Process (EDUC-260CE)
Diabetes Management: A Review (HLTH-266CE)
Primary Prevention (HLTH-267CE)
Insulin and Oral Agents (HLTH-268CE)
Nutrition Management (HLTH-269CE)
Activity Management (HLTH-270CE)
Complications: Acute and Chronic (HLTH-271CE)
Diabetes Care Across the Lifespan (HLTH-272CE)
Lab Component (HLTH-273CE)