Education & Career

AADE Career Path Certificate Program

Looking to begin or expand your career as a diabetes educator? Need more training in diabetes self-management education to better serve your patients?

The AADE Career Path Certificate Program for Diabetes Self-Management Education provides training for healthcare providers in the delivery of diabetes education and support. The program prepares both individuals new to diabetes education as well as experienced educators in the early and mid-stages of their careers.  Not planning to become a diabetes educator?  The program is suitable for healthcare professionals who need additional training in diabetes to meet the needs of their patient population.    

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

There are two separate career paths: 

Associate Diabetes Educator, Levels 1 and 2

and

Diabetes Educator, Levels 1 and 2

Before enrolling in any program, review the detailed descriptions of each level, the competencies for each practice level, as well as the FAQs about the program.  (See Related Resources below.)
  

Associate Diabetes Educator Level 1

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. 

Who should enroll in this program? 

  • Lay health workers
  • Community health workers
  • Peer counselors
  • Health navigators
  • Health promoters
  • Health coaches
  • Assistive school personnel

Associate Diabetes Educator Level 2

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.

Who should enroll in this program?

  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Medical Assistants
  • Dietetic Technicians
  • Registered Pharmacy Technicians
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Licensed Practical Nurses



Diabetes Educator Level 1

Healthcare providers who interact professionally with diabetes patients to provide the essential knowledge and skills needed for safe self-care.

Who should enroll in this program?

  • 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
  • Physicians


Diabetes Educator Level2

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.

Who should enroll in this program?

  • 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
  • Physicians

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