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ADCES Career Path Certificate Program

Looking to enhance your resume as a diabetes care and education specialist?

Need more training in diabetes self-management education to better serve people with diabetes?

The ADCES 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 care and education specialist? The program is suitable for healthcare professionals who need additional training in diabetes to meet the needs of their patient population.

Answer a few brief questions to discover which level is right for you:

Discover which Career Path level is right for you



 

"The information provided by the ADCES Career Path Certificate Program is current, culturally sensitive and relevant. It has been invaluable to me working with a diverse, low income population, in an area where diabetes education resources are limited. I am better able to recognize significant risk factors and make treatment recommendations that are specific to my patients' needs. It has been one of the very best investments I have made in my continuing medical education."

- Tina, APRN 



 

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

There are two separate career paths:

Diabetes Paraprofessional, Levels 1 and 2

and

Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, Basic and Advanced

Before enrolling in any program, review the detailed descriptions of each level and the FAQs about the program. (See Related Resources below.)

Programs are not intended to be taken sequentially.  Enroll in the program for which you meet the professional discipline and, for the DCES programs, years of practice.

Diabetes Paraprofessional Level 1

Complementary workers who interact with those who have or are affected by diabetes. DPs 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                                                                                                            

* Health coaches meeting the professional and practice experience requirements described in the other certificate programs should enroll in the appropriate program. ​​

Diabetes Paraprofessional 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 Community Health Workers
  • Dental Hygienists  
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Medical Assistants
  • Dietetic Technicians
  • Registered Pharmacy Technicians
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Licensed Practical Nurses

 



Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Certificate: Basic 

Healthcare providers who interact professionally with people with diabetes 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 (MDs or DOs)
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Master Certified Health Education Specialist


Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Certificate: Advanced

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 Advanced certificate incorporates those providers who meet the academic, professional, and experiential criteria to qualify for and maintain the CDCES credential.

This certificate assumes enrollees have a minimum of 2-3 years of professional practice experience providing diabetes care and education as the primary focus of their practice.  Due to this practice experience requirement individuals who complete the Basic certificate program should not immediately enroll in the Advanced program.

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 (MDs or DOs)
    • Licensed clinical social workers
    • Master Certified Health Education Specialist

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