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Diabetes Worker/Educator (Recognition of Achievement)

Durham College Recognition of Achievement

Durham College Recognition of Achievement

Program Description

The Diabetes Worker/Educator program offers a firm foundation in current clinical approaches to diabetes education. It is designed for Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses, Registered Dietitians, and other regulated health care professionals who wish to specialize in the field of diabetes education.

The Diabetes Worker/Educator program provides a sound knowledge base in diabetes care management and ensures the student has the skills and abilities to practice safely and effectively. These courses provide the health care provider with the skills and knowledge to perform the required hands-on hours in the diabetes education field to meet the exam eligibility requirements by the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board (CDECB). This program covers a breadth of topics including an overview of the disease process, management of diabetes, patient education, living with diabetes, and special issues with diabetes.

The Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board (CDECB) is responsible for the development and administration of the certification program for Certified Diabetes Educators in Canada. It is independent and separate from all other diabetes related organizations and associations. They provide a process whereby eligible health professionals can be recognized as diabetes specialists.

There are additional requirements in becoming recognized as a Diabetes Educator through the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certificate Board. Please visit their web site at

Admission Requirements

  • Students must be of a regulated health care profession, with a current and valid license (Registered Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse, Registered Dietitian, Chiropodist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, or Registered Kinesiologist). Proof of a valid license must be submitted to the School of Continuing Education prior to registration into Diabetes: The Basics.
  • It is recommended and assumed that students have a basic knowledge of human physiology.
  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate.
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Admission Form Students are required to complete and submit this form to indicate that the program's admission requirements have been met. This form must be submitted prior to registering for your first course.

Current Program of Study Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Continuing Education office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Identify the symptoms, causes, physiology, and progression of diabetes in a variety of populations
  • Advise clients using an approach that integrates diet, exercise, lifestyle, and medication components as appropriate to support health, manage risks, and minimize long-term complications
  • Integrate an understanding of the psychological, cultural, and social aspects of living with diabetes during client care and advisement
  • Respond to the special needs of specific populations of people living with diabetes, including pregnant women, the elderly, children/adolescents, and those with disabilities
  • Apply the principles of adult education to diabetes education with individuals and groups

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Family Health Teams
  • Community Health Centres
  • Long-Term Care Homes
  • Hospitals

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Continuing Education OSAP Eligibility webpage.

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