Core Concepts® Course Online

The goal of AADE's Online CORE Concepts® Course is to increase knowledge of the diabetes disease state, sharpen clinical management skills, and highlight self-management education techniques and tools that are most appropriate for assuring successful outcomes to the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors. 

This 9-week online course is recommended for health care professionals who have at least 2 years' experience in diabetes education and who know that online learning is a suitable fit with your learning style.  Learn from other participants and our experienced Facilitators as you collaborate and explore the readings and case studies and engage in the Communication Forum.

This course is an in-depth review of the concepts of diabetes self-management education. The course requires access to the Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference, 3rd Edition.  Please note that Diabetes Educators should always adhere to their clinical scope of practice when providing patient care and DSME/S.

Participants, with the assistance of course facilitators, will explore the scientific basis for diabetes education and care, while artfully applying concepts to patient situations, through case studies and online discussion.  The 9-week course will include 4 Reading Weeks and 5 Discussion Weeks, including Pre-Work reading that will be required prior to the official start of the session. The Discussion Weeks will entail review of Case Studies and online Communication Forum interaction.  Registrants can expect course information to be emailed to all participants about one week before the start of the session, with online access provided a few days before the official start of the session.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Assess stage of change and motivation to change
  • Describe the key components of effective behavior change goals using the SMART acronym
  • Describe prevalence and incidence of diabetes
  • Distinguish pathophysiological differences between type 1, type 2 and GDM
  • Describe difference between DKA and HHS, as well as possible treatments
  • Individualize goals of therapy based on patient-specific characteristics
  • Describe acute and chronic complications
  • Develop a drug therapy plan that includes blood pressure and dietary changes, for patients with diabetic nephropathy
  • Discuss approaches to pain management
  • Identify and problem solve barriers to change and high risk situations
  • Discuss current and new therapeutic options
  • Determine optimal therapeutic regimens for patients with diabetes to achieve individualized cardiometabolic goals
  • Select appropriate insulin preparations for patients based on the pharmacokinetic profile, acquisition cost and individualized glycemic goals

Five Modules will be covered over the 9-week period:

  • Pre-Work Module:  How People Learn & Change, Motivational Interviewing, and DSME

  • Module 1:  Epidemiology & Pathophysiology 

  • Module 2:  Complications 

  • Module 3:  Overcoming Barriers to Change

  • Module 4:  Medications

How It Works

  • Required to have access to the Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference
  • Need to register at least 2 weeks before the start of the class. No enrollments will be accepted within 1 week of start of session.  Registration is often full 4 or more weeks before the start of a session, so we encourage early registration.
  • A course will be 9-weeks of reading, case studies and online discussion board interaction with participants and facilitators.
  • Each session will have small groups for discussion with other participants and experienced facilitators. Communication will occur within the online Communication Forum (discussion board). 
  • Participants can expect to devote about 4-5 hours a week to complete all material.
  • Course is pass/fail.
    • Each participant will be expected to post a minimum of 3-4 messages per week in the Communication Forum.
    • Final exam must be passed with a minimum of a 70% to pass. Two attempts are allowed.
    • Certificate of credit issued upon successfully completion of the course and passing the Final Exam.
  • Participants can work on the course at their own convenience. We recommend that you stay on track with the Syllabus each week, so you don't fall behind (e.g., you can work for one hour and then log off and come back three days later and work for another hour or two.)


Discounted Member price: $ 386.00 *
Nonmember price: $ 586.00 *

Before you purchase please be sure to read closely the requirements and information above so that you have a full understanding of what the 9-week course entails.  

* The Desk Reference, 3rd Edition, is mandatory reading for this course.  It is not included with course registration.  If you don't have The Desk Reference, 3rd Edition, please add the Desk Reference book to your online shopping cart.   Be sure to order the Desk Reference in a timely manner to ensure delivery before start date of the class.

2015 Session Dates

(Each course limited to 60 students)
January 19 - March 22
April 20 - June 21

(January registration is closed.)

(April registration is closed.)

July 6 - September 6
September 21 - November 22

July session registration is OPEN

September session registration is OPEN



AADE provides full refunds (less $100 administrative fee) for registration canceled no later than 8 business days prior to the first day of the course .
All cancellation requests must be received in writing . To receive a refund, submit your written request to AADE Membership Services ( All refunds are processed within 30 days of receipt.
No refunds will be issued after the session has begun.


Rescheduling (postponing the use of paid registration to a future occurrence of the same program) is subject to availability and can only be requested one time before an Administrative fee ($100) will be charged.  
Requests must be received in writing (to AADE Member Services - within 8 business days prior to the first day of the registered session Requests received after this time may not be accepted, nor a refund provided


  • Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, RN, MLDE, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE
  • Kelly Cuffe, RD, LDN, CDE
  • Evan M. Sisson, PharmD, MHA, CDE

Faculty Disclosures

It is the policy of the American Association of Diabetes Educators to require that anyone who has an opportunity to affect continuing education activities content (e.g. authors, presenters and program planners) with products or services from a commercial interest with which s/he has financial relationships, discloses those financial relationship/s with commercial entities to participants.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation, but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.

Relevant disclosures (or lack thereof) among educational activity planners and faculty are as follows:


  • Evan M. Sisson: Consultant: DM Educate Design Team - University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
  • Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, RN, MLDE, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE: None
  • Kelly Cuffe, RD, LDN, CDE: None


  • Nancy Stonis, AADE Nurse Planner: None
  • Anne Willmore, AADE: None

The approval of this educational offering by the AADE does not imply endorsement of specific therapies, treatments, or products discussed in the presentations.

CE Credit Information

To receive a Statement of Credit, you must complete the full content of the program, participate in the online discussion, pass the final exam, and complete the course evaluation.
Statements of Credit will be issued electronically following completion of the course and exam.

Accreditation Statements

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Registered Nurses

The American Association of Diabetes Educators is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This educational program will provide 22 contact hours of continuing education credit.

AADE is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP # 10977).

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Registered Dietitians

The American Association of Diabetes Educators, (AM001) is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 22 continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for completion of this program. Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program, or materials.

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Registered Pharmacists

The American Association of Diabetes Educators is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program provides 21 contact hours (2.1 CEUs) of continuing education credit.

ACPE Universal Program Number: 0069-0000-12-011-L01-P
Effective Dates: 02/06/2012 to 02/06/2015

System Requirements

It is recommended that you have a high-speed broadband (or better) internet connection. 
Please be sure you close as many other open programs on your system as possible and have disabled your pop-up blocker.

Additional requirements:

Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate
(32-bit edition, or 64-bit edition with 32-bit browser)

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or later
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.x
  • Adobe Flash Player 8 or later

Microsoft Windows Vista® Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business, or Enterprise
(32-bit edition, or 64-bit edition with 32-bit browser)

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8 or 9  (Currently not compatible with Internet Explorer 10)
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.x, 3.x
  • Adobe Flash Player 8 or later
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Home Edition with Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.x, 3.x
  • Adobe Flash Player 8 or later

Windows hardware requirements

  • Windows XP: 450MHz Intel® Pentium® II or faster processor or equivalent (128MB of RAM, 512MB recommended)
  • Windows Vista: 1GHz Intel Pentium II or faster processor or equivalent (1GB of RAM)
  • Mac OS X v10.4, 10.5, 10.6 (Intel)
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.x, 3.x
  • Safari 2.x, 3.x
  • Adobe Flash Player 8 or later

Mac OS X v10.4 (PowerPC®)

  • Safari 2.x
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.x, 3.x
  • Adobe Flash Player 8 or later

Mac OS hardware requirements

  • 500MHz PowerPC G3 or faster or 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
  • 128MB of RAM (512MB recommended)
  • Course currently does NOT run on Apple iPad.


  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4.x, 5.x; Novell SUSE® 9.x or 10.x
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.x, 3.x
  • Adobe Flash Player 9 (Adobe Flash Player 10 available for Red Hat 5)


  • Mozilla Firefox 2.x, 3.x
  • Adobe Flash Player 9 or later