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Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals

Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals is an advanced certificate program that provides health care professionals with the knowledge, judgment, skills and attitudes needed to meet the health care needs of individuals with diabetes. You will learn how to practice in accordance with the Primary Health Care Model using primary prevention strategies and the population health approach to disease prevention. The program is designed for:

  • registered nurses
  • licensed practical nurses
  • registered psychiatric nurses
  • dietitians
  • pharmacists
  • advanced care paramedics
  • nutritionists
  • recreation/exercise specialists

This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing education. For complete program information, check the program page.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.


Activity Management (HLTH 270)

You will review the benefits of physical activity and its role in diabetes management. You will explore the limitations and barriers people living with diabetes face when incorporating physical activity into the management plan.

Prerequisites: Insulin and Oral Agents


Fee: $592 Additional costs: Books and print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 09-80September 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
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Complications - Acute and Chronic (HLTH 271)

You will examine the five major long-term complications of diabetes. Your studies will focus on support to the client in assessment, management and prevention strategies. You will also examine the physiological changes related to aging that increase the risks for diabetes complications.

Prerequisites: Activity Management


Fee: $592 Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 09-81September 2, 2013 - June 30, 2014
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Cultural Considerations (CLTR 260)

Using cultural sensitivity as a guiding premise, your studies will focus on issues related to cultural diversity and how cultural beliefs, practices and traditions influence diabetes care and management. You will explore ways to ensure culturally sensitive care and education. You will also examine the benefits of culturally sensitive care.

Prerequisites: The Education Process


Fee: $592 Additional costs: Books and print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 09-77September 2, 2013 - June 30, 2014
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Diabetes Care Across the Lifespan (HLTH 272)

Using the Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines as a framework, you will examine optimum support to client management strategies recommended for all people with diabetes. You will review quality of life and psychosocial issues, and explore how they influence self-care practices.

Prerequisites: Complications - Acute and Chronic


Fee: $592 Additional costs: Books and print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 09-82September 2, 2013 - June 30, 2014
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Diabetes Management: A Review (HLTH 266)

Your studies will focus on a review of the basic features of diabetes and diabetes management. You will discuss topics related to pathophysiology (including population health concepts, epidemiology and demographics of diabetes, risk factors for diabetes and key client management strategies).

Fee: $642 Additional costs: Books and print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 09-74September 2, 2013 - June 30, 2014
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Insulin and Oral Agents (HLTH 268)

You will examine the various types of oral agents and insulins available, their actions, and their role in diabetes management. You will explore blood glucose pattern management and the theory behind pattern adjusting.

Prerequisites: Nutrition Management


Fee: $592 Additional costs: Books and print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 09-79September 2, 2013 - June 20, 2014
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Nutrition Management (HLTH 269)

Using the Canadian Diabetes Association’s nutrition guidelines, you will learn the essential components of a healthy diabetes meal plan. You will be introduced to carbohydrate counting, pattern management and their role in meal planning. You will explore lifestyle issues and life events that influence meal planning.

Prerequisites: Cultural Considerations


Fee: $592 Additional costs: Books and print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 09-78September 2, 2013 - June 30, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

Primary Prevention (HLTH 267)

Primary prevention is a prescription for change. You will explore prevention strategies aimed at facilitating behaviour change in people at high risk for developing diabetes. Using community development principles, you will also explore ways to promote the importance of diabetes prevention.

Prerequisites: Diabetes Management: A Review


Fee: $592 Additional costs: Books and print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 09-75September 2, 2013 - June 30, 2014
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The Education Process (EDUC 260)

Using the principles of adult learning, your studies will focus on the characteristics of all adult learners and the approaches used to enhance learning and healthy self-care practices. You will also use the Staged Model of Change in Practice to explore the behaviours that affect learning and your clients’ readiness to learn.

Prerequisites: Primary Prevention


Fee: $592 Additional costs: Books and print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 09-76September 2, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Ongoing registration
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Online
CRN: 09-76September 2, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Ongoing registration
Register Now
Online

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