Career Path Program

The AADE Career Path Certificate Program for Diabetes Self-Management Education is designed to provide a structure for training and education for healthcare providers involved in delivery of diabetes education and care. The focus of the program is to prepare those new to the field and to support those in the early and mid-stages of their careers.

The programs are based on practice levels for diabetes educators. These distinct levels are differentiated by educational preparation, credentialing, professional practice regulations, and the clinical practice environment.

In April of 2014, the AADE Board of Directors empaneled a workgroup to review the existing levels of practice, and existing professional support documents. The charge was to determine if the existing diabetes educator levels of practice (1-5) were still appropriate, and if the Association’s supporting documents reflected current practice. The workgroup’s findings resulted in a determination that the five (5) levels did not adequately reflect the current practice of diabetes education or the role of diabetes educators in the present or for the future.

After an open comment period, the Board of Directors adopted new practice levels that are designed to clarify a career path for the profession and develop of a workforce capable of providing high quality, evidence-based diabetes care and education. The existing diabetes educator category levels were changed from five (5) to three (3). A new category of associate diabetes educator was created with two (2) levels. For detailed descriptions of each level, please review the document, Diabetes Educator Practice Levels.  

The content for the each of the programs is based upon the skills and knowledge defined for each diabetes educator practice level in the Competencies for Diabetes Educators: A Companion Document to the Diabetes Educator Practice Levels.

The program is offered entirely online and is self-directed. Program registrants are required to complete specific courses, activities, and readings. Upon successful completion of all assigned coursework and the program evaluation, registrants will receive a certificate of completion, which will be generated in the registrant’s online portal.

Program registrants are required to complete specific courses, activities, and readings. Upon successful completion of all assigned coursework and the program evaluation, registrants will receive a certificate of completion, which will be generated in the registrant’s online portal.

Diabetes Educator Practice Levels

Associate Diabetes Educator Level 1  

Level 1 associate diabetes educators (ADEs) are complementary workers who interact with those who have or are affected by diabetes. ADEs have various roles in the dissemination of information, acquisition of baseline skills and provision of self-management support. The Level 1 designation includes, but is not limited to lay health, community health workers, peer counselors, health navigators, health promoters, health coaches, and assistive school personnel with some level of preparation in a recognized healthcare field.

Associate Diabetes Educator Level 2  

Level 2 associate diabetes educators (ADEs) are complementary healthcare workers who have a defined role in a certified or recognized diabetes education or prevention program. They may also be aligned with practices that serve a dedicated or focused proportion of diabetes patients. The Level 2 designation includes, but is not limited to, Certified Nursing Assistants, Medical Assistants, Dietetic Technicians Registered, Pharmacy Technicians, Physical Therapy Assistants, and Licensed Practical Nurses.

Diabetes Educator Level 1

Level 1 educators are healthcare providers who interact professionally with diabetes patients to provide the essential knowledge and skills needed for safe self-care. The Level 1 designation includes but is not limited to registered nurses (from any accredited entry level education program), advanced practice nurses, registered dietitians (licensed or registered), pharmacists (licensed or registered), exercise physiologists, physical therapists, physicians assistants, and physicians.

Years in direct diabetes education and or management: 0 – 2 years of direct care experience in diabetes.

Diabetes Educator Level 2

Level 2 educators are healthcare providers who have achieved an advanced body of core knowledge and skills related to diabetes education and/or management above that which is required by the profession of origin. The Level 2 incorporates those providers who meet the academic, professional, and experiential criteria to qualify for and maintain the CDE credential. A distinction is made between the newly credentialed educator who is competent in all and proficient in some areas of diabetes knowledge, and the level 3 educators who are at the highest level of expertise in the field.

Years in direct diabetes education and or management: 3 – 5 years post-achievement of CDE®/or more experienced in diabetes clinical/ educational care.

Diabetes Educator Level 3 (No career path program available)

Level 3 educators are advanced level experts in diabetes education, clinical management and/or research. The Level 3 educator encompasses those involved in integrated, comprehensive, and global management of people with diabetes. This includes, but is not limited to clinicians, researchers, and academics, program managers, healthcare administrators, and consultants. The educator at this level may hold the CDE credential, meets the academic, professional, and experiential criteria to qualify for and maintain the BC-ADM credential, and may be recognized as a Fellow of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This level of practice is characterized by care coordination and management, autonomous assessment, problem identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation of diabetes care. Additionally, it involves excellent communication as well as complex critical thinking and clinical decision making skills. High level clinical and non-clinical practice is characteristic of this level.

Years in direct diabetes education and or management: More than 5 years of direct engagement in the diabetes as a specialty practice.

 

About the Career Path Program

Before enrolling in a program, review the detailed descriptions of the practice levels to determine which certificate programs is most appropriate for you. For detailed descriptions of each level, please review the document, Diabetes Educator Practice Levels.

You may enroll in only one certificate program at a time.

Register for the certificate program by purchasing the Level Bundle. After your registration has been processed, all the activities for the program will be in your online learning portal, which can be accessed 24/7. A program syllabus will be with the program activities. Review this syllabus before starting your coursework for the best way to progress through the program activities in a timely manner.

Some activities for each level will are future scheduled and will be available to you on the scheduled dates. You will receive notifications via email when these activities are live in your learning portal.

You’ll work at your own pace, while keeping in mind the deadline for program completion, which varies by level. For those program levels that provide continuing education (CE) units for activities, these are added to your profile as you complete each CE qualifying assignment. Statements of Credit are for individual CE qualifying activities. Upon verification of completion of all required coursework and completion of the program evaluation a Certificate of Program Completion will be generated in your learning portal.

Associate Diabetes Educator Level 1

Applicants have three (3) months from the date of program registration to complete all the coursework and the program evaluation.

Price: $125.00 Member and Non-member

ADE Level 1 Coursework:

Online Course

  • Fundamentals of Diabetes Care (6 modules) (6 hours Pharm Tech CE)

Recorded Webinars(Each webcast is 90 minutes)

  • Eat Less Exercise More: Sounds Easy, So Why Is It So Hard?
  • Obesity Series, Part I: Healthy Eating
  • Obesity Series, Part II: Physical Activity
  • Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
  • Applying the Essentials of Health Literacy to Your Practice
  • Addressing Technophobia in Patients and Clinicians

Readings

  • AADE7 Self-Care Behavior™ Framework
  • Community Health Worker
  • Competencies for Diabetes Educators
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Diabetes Education
  • Diabetes and Disabilities
  • Diabetes and Physical Activity
  • Diabetes Educator Practice Levels
  • Healthy Eating: Incorporating Nutritional Management
  • Obesity and Diabetes
  • Special Considerations in the DSME of Older Persons with Diabetes

Associate Diabetes Educator Level 2

Applicants have six (6) months from the date of program registration to complete all the coursework and the program evaluation.

Price: $175.00 Member and Non-member

ADE Level 2 Coursework:

Online Course

  • Fundamentals of Diabetes Care (6 modules) * 6 hours Pharm Tech CE

Recorded Webinars(Each webcast is 90 minutes)

  • Eat Less Exercise More: Sounds Easy, So Why Is It So Hard?
  • Obesity Series, Part I: Healthy Eating
  • Obesity Series, Part II: Physical Activity
  • Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
  • Applying the Essentials of Health Literacy to Your Practice
  • Addressing Technophobia in Patients and Clinicians

Core Readings and Assessments:

  • The Diabetes Education Program Management
  • The Diabetes Self-Management Education Process
  • Theoretical and Behavioral Approaches to the Self-Management of Health

Readings

  • AADE7 Self-Care Behavior™ Framework
  • Competencies for Diabetes Educators
  • Community Health Worker
  • Communicating Effectively with Patients: The Importance of Addressing Health Literacy & Numeracy
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Diabetes Education
  • Diabetes and Disabilities
  • Diabetes and Physical Activity
  • Diabetes Educator Practice Levels
  • Healthy Eating: Incorporating Nutritional Management
  • Individualization of DSME
  • Diabetes Education & Public Health
  • National Standards for DSME&S
  • Obesity and Diabetes
  • Special Considerations in the DSME of Older Persons with Diabetes
  • Standards for Outcomes Measurement of DSME
  • Weight Loss Medications

Diabetes Educator Level 1 (Total CE hours = 46)

Applicants have nine (9) months from the date of program registration to complete all the coursework and program evaluation. The continuing education (CEs) credits indicated in the table below are available to nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists who successfully complete the activities. The number of credits are indicated in parentheses following the activity. Upon verification of completion of all required coursework and program evaluation you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Note: Three activities are small books on specific topic and will be mailed to you via U.S. Postal Service. The assessments for these three activities will be online:

  • Managing Diabetes: Complications & Comorbidities
  • Managing Diabetes: Senior Care
  • Managing Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Price: $495 Members and Non-members

Diabetes Educator Level 1 Coursework

Online Courses

  • ABCs of Diabetes Care (6 modules, 9 CEs)
  • Facilitating Behavior Change (4 modules, 6 CEs)

Recorded Webinars (Unless otherwise indicated, each webcast is 90 minutes and 1.5 CEs)

  • Applying the Essentials of Health Literacy to Your Practice (1.5)
  • Affordable Care Act (2) (This webcast is 120 minutes)
  • Reimbursement Annual Update (1.5)

Core Readings and Assessments

  • Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome (2)
  • Managing Diabetes: Senior Care (3)
  • Managing Diabetes: Complications & Co-Morbidities (4.5)
  • Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME): The Art & Science of Disease Management (1.5 – pending approval)
  • Theoretical & Behavioral Approaches to Self-Management of Health (1.5 – pending approval)
  • The Diabetes Self-Management Education Process (1.5 – pending approval)
  • Healthy Eating (1.5 – pending approval)
  • Being Active (1.5 – pending approval)
  • Taking Medications (1.5 – pending approval)
  • Monitoring (1.5 – pending approval)
  • Problem Solving (1.5 – pending approval)
  • Healthy Coping (1.5 – pending approval)
  • Reducing Risks (1.5 – pending approval)
  • Diabetes Education Program Management (1.5 – pending approval)

Readings

  • AADE7 Self-Care Behavior™ Framework
  • Blood Glucose Meter Accuracy
  • CHW Position Statement Sustainable Model for DSME
  • Competencies for Diabetes Educators
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Diabetes Education
  • Communicating Effectively with Patients: The Importance of Addressing Health Literacy and Numeracy
  • Diabetes & Disabilities
  • Diabetes Educator Practice Levels
  • Diabetes Education & Public Health
  • Diabetes Educators: Implementing the Chronic Care Model
  • Implementing Chronic Care Model
  • Individualization of DSME
  • Injectable Medication Administration
  • National Standards for DSME&S
  • Obesity and Diabetes
  • Preventing Infection & Injury During Blood Glucose Monitoring & Injectable Medication Administration
  • Special Considerations in the DSME of Older Persons with Diabetes
  • Standards for Outcome Measures for DSME
  • Weight Loss Medications

Diabetes Educator Level 2 (Total CE hours = 62)

Applicants have one (1) year from the date of program registration to complete all the coursework, exam and submit the required professional license and practice hour information. The continuing education (CEs) credits indicated in the table below are available to nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists who successfully complete the activities.

Note: Three activities are small books on specific topic and will be mailed to you via U.S. Postal Service. The assessments for these three activities will be online:

  • Managing Diabetes: Complications & Comorbidities
  • Managing Diabetes: Senior Care
  • Managing Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Price: $895.00 Members and Non-members

 

Note on Core Online Course: All Level 2 applicants will be assigned to the next upcoming online session of the Core Concepts Course, which starts in January 2015. Please note, this is an instructor - facilitated online course that begins on a specific date and runs for 9 consecutive weeks. Click here for more details about the online Core Concepts Course (CCC), but DO NOT register for the CCC Online separately. When you register for the Level 2 program, the next upcoming session date will be included in your bundle.

 

When checking out in the shopping cart: You will be se a registration page for the assigned Core Concepts Online. You must select:

  • Registrant Type
  • Preregistered

For those Level 2 registrants who successfully completed the live CCC any time between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2014, you will be able to upload a copy of your Statement of Credit from the live course to receive credit for the course in the Level 2 program. You will not need to repeat the CCC Online course. This applies only to individuals having successfully completed the live version of the course in the time-frame indicated above.

Diabetes Educator Level 2 Coursework

Online Courses

  • Core Concepts Course Online (8 sessions, 22 CEs)
  • Facilitating Behavior Change (4 modules, 6 CEs)
  • DSME Reimbursement: Essentials (4)
  • DSME Program Management (4)
  • Insulin Pumps (7)

Recorded Webinars (Unless otherwise indicated, each webcast is 90 minutes and 1.5 CEs)

  • Affordable Care Act (2) (This webcast is 120 minutes)
  • SGLT2 Inhibitors - A New Class of Diabetes Medication (1.5)
  • Guidelines for Medication Management of Type 2 Diabetes (1.5)
  • Applying the Essentials of Health Literacy to Your Practice (1.5)
  • ADA Clinical Guidelines 2014 (1.5)
  • Diabetes Comorbidities (1.5)

Core Readings

  • Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome (2)
  • Managing Diabetes: Senior Care (3)
  • Managing Diabetes: Complications & Co-Morbidities (4.5)

Readings

  • AADE7 Self-Care Behavior™ Framework
  • Blood Glucose Meter Accuracy
  • CHW Position Statement Sustainable Model for DSME
  • Competencies for Diabetes Educators
  • Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII)
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Diabetes Education
  • Communicating Effectively with Patients: The Importance of Addressing Health Literacy and Numeracy
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Diabetes Education
  • Diabetes & Disabilities
  • Diabetes Educator Practice Levels
  • Diabetes Education & Public Health
  • Diabetes Educators: Implementing the Chronic Care Model
  • Implementing Chronic Care Model
  • Individualization of DSME
  • Injectable Medication Administration
  • National Standards for DSME&S
  • Obesity and Diabetes
  • Preventing Infection & Injury During Blood Glucose Monitoring & Injectable Medication Administration
  • Special Considerations in the DSME of Older Persons with Diabetes
  • Standards for Outcome Measures for DSME
  • Strategies for Insulin Injection Therapy in Diabetes Self-Management
  • Teaching Injection Technique to People with Diabetes
  • Technical Review of Outcomes Measurement of DSME
  • Weight Loss Medications

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FAQ

Q: Who can apply for this program?
A: Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements as described in the Diabetes Educator Practice Levels.

Q: Are all the courses and activities online?
A: Yes. All courses are offered online. There are no in-person requirements for this program.

Q: How much time do the courses require?
A: The courses vary in length. The modules and continuing education (CE) credit hours, if applicable, are indicated next to the title of each course. For courses with CE, assume the number of hours required to complete the course equals the number of CE hours. Unless otherwise indicated, all of the recorded webinars are 90 minutes. The readings vary in length from a few pages to 50 pages.

Q: Can I work at my own pace?
A: Yes, except for the DE Level 2, Core Concepts Course, you may work at your own pace, keeping in mind the completion date for all activities. The Core Concepts Course, a requirement for the Level 2 DE program, is an instructor-facilitated course that begins at specific weeks, and runs for 9 weeks. Work for each session must be completed within the designated session week, but there are no required days/times during the week when you must be available. You work within your own schedule each week.

Q: What is the best way to proceed working through the activities?
A: A syllabus for your program will be uploaded into your learning portal. The syllabus outlines the sequence for completing course activities.

Q: I registered for a program and when I checked my activities in my learning portal, some of the links indicated that some of the activities would be available later. What does this mean and how does that affect my progress in my program?
A: Some activities are in development and will be available later in the year. As soon as the activities are available, they will be made live in your learning portal and you will receive an email telling you that the activity is in your portal. All activities should be available within the time-frames for program completion. Should there be any delay in producing these activities, all program registrants will be provided with an automatic extension in their program to allow time to complete the requirements.

Q: I have already received taken a course, recorded webinar, or reading that is included in my program bundle. Do I need to repeat the activity? Will I be able to receive CE credit (if applicable) again?
A: You do not need to repeat any activity that you have already completed. When you check the status of your activities, you will see that activity listed a "Completed". You may certainly repeat an activity in order to review the information. However, you will not receive additional CE credit.

Q: Can I stop the program prior to completion and restart it after the date of my original completion has passed?
A: No. All programs can be completed in less time than has been allotted. We strongly encourage you to review the number of activities for the program, note the length of time needed for the various activities, and assess that against the amount go time you can devote to the program over time provided.

Q: Are there bulk discounts available for more than one registrant from the same organization?
A: No. Each certificate program provides a training and continuing education at an already significantly reduced rate.

Q: What can I do with this certificate?
A: The certificate program can supplement your present career or help you to begin a new one in diabetes education. It provides levels of recognition for the continuing education efforts of healthcare professionals that supports on-going efforts to raise the recognition and professional status of diabetes education/educators. For those who qualify, the CEUs from the program apply to CDE exam prerequisites and help to prepare you for the exam. The certificate program can be used to set minimum training standards for DSME program staff.

Q: Does this program offer CE that can be counted toward my professional license renewal?
A: Continuing education (CE) is available for all of the courses, recorded webinars and some readings for nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists. These CEs may be counted toward the professional license renewals of nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists.

 

Q: Can I progress from one level to the next?
A: There are specific requirements for degrees / professions, diabetes education, and years of practice in diabetes education. To move from one certificate level to the next, you would need to meet all the requirements of the specific level prior to enrolling in the certificate program for that level.

Q: What are the major competencies addressed by the certificate program?
A: The major areas of competencies provide a master list of the knowledge and skills needed across the continuum of care for the various levels of practice, from novice to clinical expert. Additionally, these objectives provide a basis for education, training, development, and performance appraisal of those engaged in diabetes education. These components are clustered into five main domains, and within each domain, the competency is defined and specific objectives are identified.

 

 

  • Domain I: Pathophysiology, Epidemiology, and Clinical Guidelines of Diabetes
    This domain addresses the competencies needed for individuals to demonstrate familiarity with pathophysiology, epidemiology, and clinical guidelines consistent with diabetes care provider level.
  • Domain II: Culturally Competent Supportive Care Across the Lifespan
    This domain addresses the competencies needed to provide diabetes support and care in a culturally competent manner across the lifespan.
  • Domain III: Teaching and Learning Skills
    This domain addresses the competencies needed to apply principles of teaching and learning and/or behavior change to facilitate self-management skills of individuals with diabetes.
  • Domain IV: Self-Management Education
    This domain addresses the competencies needed to work with an interdisciplinary diabetes care team to tailor interventions to individual patient self-management education needs.
  • Domain V: Program and Business Management
    This domain addresses the competencies needed to apply principles of program and/or business management to create a climate that supports successful self-management of diabetes.

 

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