Practice Resources

Diabetes Resources and Education for Nurses

As a nurse, you are an important part of the diabetes care team. Whether you work in an inpatient or outpatient setting, you are the front line in providing accurate and relevant information to people affected by or at risk for diabetes. It is vital to have the resources and knowledge you need at your fingertips to provide the best care possible.

The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) provides continuing education and resources for diabetes prevention, self-management, support and therapy that can enhance your professional development as a nurse.

Continuing Education Credit

1 - 2 Credit Hours 

Annual Reimbursement Update for 2022 (1.5 CE)

Get your yearly update on the Final CMS 2022 Payment Rules as well as reimbursement issues and changes that may impact DSMT, DPP or MNT.
ADCES Members save $10

2 - 12 Credit Hours

Cultural Competency for Diabetes Care, 2nd Edition 
(2 CE)

Explore specific ways to positively address individual cultural and linguistic needs when working with diverse populations. Gain strategies for effective patient-provider communication in the context of diabetes care.
ADCES Members save $30

Putting Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) into Practice: Certificate Program (7.5 CE)
Overcome barriers to implementing CGM in your practice, understand CGM coding and reimbursement, and learn how to best match a person with diabetes with a device.
Free to all

DSMES Program and Business Management Certificate Program, 5th edition (10 CE)
Advance your DSMES service to operate as a business by gaining a deeper understanding of the business, marketing, reimbursement, and quality improvement techniques needed to implement and sustain a DSMES program.
ADCES members save $100

Connected Insulin Delivery Devices and Clinical Application of Data Certificate (6 CE)
This assessment-based certificate program explores the benefits of connected insulin delivery devices, like smart insulin pens, and the integrated data that they provide. Gain a digital badge upon completion.
Free to ADCES members

Person-Centered Care for Individuals who Have Higher Weight 
(8 CE) 
Educate the entire diabetes care team on best practices to provide non-stigmatizing care for higher weight individuals. Earn a digital badge upon completion.
ADCES members save $50

ADCES Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach Training Online (12 CE/CME)
Gain the knowledge and skills you need to facilitate a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. By becoming a trained Lifestyle Coach, you’ll enhance your professional skills as you help people with prediabetes eat healthy, move more, and manage stress.
ADCES Members save $100

Resources for Your Patients

Managing Hypoglycemia and Low Blood Sugar
A blood sugar reading that is less than 70mg/dl is a very dangerous complication for people with diabetes. Help your clients reduce their risk for hypoglycemia and access tips to manage low blood sugar.

Using the ADCES7 Self-Care Behaviors™ for Optimal Health
The ADCES7 self-care behaviors help your clients manage their diabetes, prediabetes or other chronic conditions. Our dedicated webpages and tip sheets on the topic support sustainable healthy copinghealthy eatingphysical activity, and problem-solving behaviors.

Spanish Language Resources
Many of our resources for people with diabetes and prediabetes are also available in Spanish to help you provide person-centered care. 

Resources for Your Practice and Professional Development

Practice Papers

These documents include position statements, practice guidelines, technical papers, and any other documents that reflect the current evidence and standards of diabetes care, support the ADCES7 Self-Care Behaviors® framework, and provide technical guidance to practitioners.

Competencies for Diabetes Care and Education Specialists

The competencies help you meet the current needs and future trajectory of the specialty, with emphasis on the goals and pillars of the ADCES strategic vision. The competencies are divided into 6 key domains that underscore specific sets of knowledge, skills and abilities critical to the role of diabetes care and education specialists.


The fifth edition of the desk reference

The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education, 5th Edition

A must-have reference book for every diabetes care and educaiton specialist with detailed information on everything from complications to behavior management and transitional care.

ADCES Members save $50

ADCES Quick Guide to Medications, 12th Edition cover

Quick Guide to Medications, 12th Edition

A convenient pocket-size resource. Includes:

  • Current information for insulins, fixed-dose combinations and oral-glucose lowering agents
  • Storage guidelines for mixing insulins, prefilled syringes and pens  

ADCES Members save $4


ADCES Diabetes Education Curriculum, 3rd Edition

Your all-in-one guide to meet the varying needs of your program participants. Includes instruction plans, discussion questions, teaching and learning tips, and advanced information.

ADCES Members save $35

Additional Training, Certification and Information

Become a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist®

Becoming a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) is the best way to gain employment in diabetes management and support. Find out more information on eligibility requirements for becoming a CDCES with the CBDCE. When you're ready to take the next step, study for the exam with our best-selling resources created by CDCESs.

Don’t have enough experience to sit for the CDCES exam? Consider a certificate program with the ADCES Career Path Certificate Program.

Stay Current on Diabetes Devices and Technology 

The volume of patient-generated data is growing exponentially and the diabetes technology generating it is evolving rapidly. ADCES' technology website,, is there to help you stay up-to-date and find reliable training for all your diabetes tech needs. By covering your tech training needs, this resource helps practitioners focus on what they do best—caring for their patients. 

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Get More With ADCES Membership

ADCES members get access to more updates, resources, education and networking opportunities. Join today and get access to all of the ADCES member benefits, including:

  • Free Continuing Education: Earn up to 35 free CE from a variety of webinars and online courses.
  • Reimbursement Q&A: Many of your questions may have already been answered by the Reimbursement Expert. ADCES members can log in to read previously answered questions, or submit their own.
  • ADCES Connect: Connect with other members, ask questions and get the latest updates in different areas of practice and interest, like Plant Based Nutrition.

CDCES® is a registered mark owned by CBDCE. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES® examThe use of ADCES products does not guarantee successful passage of the CDCES® exam. 

ADCES and CBDCE are separate entities that support each other in the advancement of the CDCES credential.

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