Diabetes Educator Academy

Price:  $695.00
Start Date: Open enrollment, begin upon registration
Location: Online
Textbook: The Art & Science of Diabetes Self-Management
Syllabus: Diabetes Educator Syllabus
Course Access: Self-paced course with 3 months of access
Credential: Click here to Learn how to earn your credentials.

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This fully online self-paced course is designed to provide healthcare professionals with a foundational knowledge of the essential concepts of diabetes care and management. When complete, the healthcare professional will have the knowledge and tools required to help people with diabetes more effectively manage their disease, and educate others on diabetes prevention. This course requires a minimum of 49.5 hours dedicated to videos, readings, quizzes, and homework.Upon successful completion of the program you will receive a professional certificate in diabetes education from The University of Florida, and possess the knowledge required for successful completion of the national certification examination, attaining the CDE credential. More Information


The curriculum includes concepts bundled in 6 sections which are outlined below in the course topics. Enrollees will have 3-months to complete the program. Upon successful completion of the program you will receive a professional certificate in diabetes education from The University of Florida, and possess the knowledge required to sit for the national certification examination, in order to earn the CDE® credential. 

This online Diabetes Educator Academy provides a cost savings opportunity compared to a face-to-face course. Click to Diabetes Educator Cost Analysis a cost estimate of attending a comparable on-site program. 

Course Topics:

  • Pathophysiology and Epidemiology
  • Nutrition and Exercise understanding and management 
  • Medication Management and Monitoring
  • Acute and Chronic complications
  • Teaching, Problem-solving, Psychosocial assessment, and coping
  • Type I and Type II Diabetes through the life-span, Program management     

Is this Academy right for you?

This course is intended for healthcare professionals with a minimum of 2-years clinical experience in diabetes related areas. This course provides a basic foundation from which to build upon as you prepare to advance towards a formal certification as a Diabetes Educator.

A professional who is self-motivated and focused will have the greatest success. Individuals who have not had past experience in diabetes may have some difficulties grasping the concepts, but are not prohibited from enrollment.


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Diane Thompson has over 20 years of clinical expertise, including a strong background in diabetes and cardiac care. Originally an employee of The Cleveland Clinic, she relocated to Florida, and has been a diabetes case manager, and now currently serves as the Sr. Program Director for Diabetes Health Ways at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. Diabetes Health Ways is a part of the International Healthcare Company, specializing in comprehensive care management. Ms. Thompson has been in her leadership position since 2006. As the director of the diabetes center, Ms. Thompson is responsible for the hospital diabetes clinicians, hospital wound care clinicians, and out-patient education program. Ms. Thompson has lectured regarding diabetes at the local, state, and national level regarding diabetes and the hospital management of hyperglycemia and is the founder and designer of the University of Florida’s Diabetes Education Certificate Program.

Curriculum Breakdown

  • Pathophysiology and Epidemiology Introduction: 390 minutes or 6.5 hours
  • Nutrition and Exercise Understanding and Management Introduction: 480 minutes or 8 hours
  • Medication and Monitoring Introduction: 480 minutes or 8 hours
  • Acute and Chronic Complications Introduction: 570 minutes or 9.5 hours
  • Teaching, Problem-solving, Psychosocial Assessment and Coping Introduction: 450 minutes or 7.5 hours
  • Type I and Type II Management through the Life-span and Program Management Introduction: 600 minutes or 10 hours (this includes the final exam which is 2.5 hours) 

Total Contact Hours: 49.5

CDE® is a registered mark owned by the NCBDE. NCBDE does not endorse any preparatory courses or review materials for the CDE® exam

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