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

School of Nursing Applied Certificate

Program Overview

Note: This program is currently suspended. No new applications will be accepted.

As a front-line health care provider, you see the need—more than 3 million Canadians live with diabetes, another 6 million live with pre-diabetes. Diabetes education, especially our Aboriginal communities, has never been more important.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Diabetes Education for Health Care Providers is specially designed for special care/home-care aides, community health representatives, community health educators, continuing care assistants, licensed or graduate practical nurses and primary care paramedics working in health care settings.

Diabetes Education for Health Care Providers is an applied certificate program offered through distance learning. It is designed to help you meet the growing need for responsive, informed education in the community. Through a combination of theory, lab and clinical practice education, you’ll focus on:

  • understanding and managing diabetes
  • managing hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
  • long-term complications
  • situations impacting day-to-day management
  • principles of education
  • Primary Health Care Model and Canadian Diabetes Association clinical practice guidelines

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 8 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 on or after November 19, 2015, must complete the program within three 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.

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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 Component (CLIN-160CE)
Principles of Education (EDUC-160CE)
Understanding Diabetes (HLTH-162CE)
Managing Diabetes (HLTH-163CE)
Managing Highs and Lows (HLTH-164CE)
Lab Component (HLTH-165CE)
Long-term Complications (HLTH-166CE)
Special Considerations (HLTH-167CE)