Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate Program

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Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate Program:
at a glance

Credential(s) Earned

Graduate Certificate

Program Length

9 Months

Delivery Method


Start Date

Fall 2014: September 8, 2014 OR Winter 2015: February 23, 2015


$1,480 in two installments, textbooks not included. Please see below for International


The Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate Program is the first program globally to achieve recognition from the International Diabetes Federation.  Led by Certified Diabetes Educators, this program is highly sought after by health professionals interested in supporting patients and families with the management and control of diabetes.  Offering flexible and varied learning methods, the program has been taught to more than one thousand (1,000) registrants since 2004.  For those interested in specializing further, there are a number of distinct additional courses that are offered independently.

Please note that the Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate Program entails a rigorous plan of study with both online and workshop components. There are pre-set assignment dates that must be met in order to progress to the workshop component. Thus, students must be prepared to devote the necessary hours of study and preparation required to complete the course within the allotted time frame.

This program is eligible for Transfer Credit in Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Nursing: Post LPN and Bachelor of Nursing: Post RN Programs.


FAQs – Diabetes Educator Program

Program Outline

Michener’s Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate Program is designed to be flexible, with online delivery and ending with a two (2) day live workshop. Study on your own time and at your own pace, and complete the Certificate in nine (9) months. Upon successful completion of the online program, workshop, and final exam you will receive The Michener Institute’s Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education.

Course Modules

The Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate Program consists of one (1) course made up of six (6) modules. Each online module contains learning objectives, a pre and post self-assessment quiz, course reading materials, a list of supplementary reading, assignments with pre-set due dates and workshop preparation activities.

You are encouraged to identify your own learning needs and go beyond the material provided in each module to additional information resources. Evaluation is conducted by certified facilitators and will include written assignments, case studies, online case conferences, online webinar, presentations, assessment of teaching skills and a final web based examination.

1 Teaching and Learning

2 Pathophysiology

3 Managing Diabetes

4 Antihyperglycemic Agents

5 Complications of Diabetes

6 Special Populations and Issues


Workshop Component

The mandatory 2-day workshop builds on your personal knowledge and experience, and is conducted by experienced facilitators who are Certified Diabetes Educators. You will participate in small group discussions, case presentations, role playing, teaching practice, and assessment of teaching skills as you evaluate and problem solve diabetes patient cases. You will receive written, oral and videotaped feedback from the faculty and your peers.

The workshops are held during the final month of the program, prior to the final examination. Workshops run for two full days, Saturday and Sunday and several workshop dates are offereed. Workshops are held at The Michener Institute in Toronto. A workshop may be arranged in Calgary, pending sufficient students.

Workshops will be held in April/May 2015 for the Fall 2014 session and November/December 2015 for the Winter 2015 session. The exact dates of the workshop will be advised as they are confirmed.


More than 9 million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes.


Admission Requirements

  • Degree or diploma in one of the following regulated health professions (other regulated health professions may be considered on a case by case basis):
  • Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), Registered Dietician (RD), Physician, Chiropodist, Pharmacist or Kinesiologist AND
  • Currently able to practice in your profession; AND
  • A minimum of two years of current patient care experience* in your profession
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide proof of an English language assessment. Please see Michener’s policy for more information. NOTE: if you are a registered health care professional in Canada, you do not have to provide proof of an English language assessment.

*Please note: Applicants for the Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate Program are considered to have sufficient ‘patient care experience’ if they are a working health professional with a degree or diploma in a regulated health profession, who routinely interacts with patients to provide treatment, counseling and education about disease processes and healthcare issues.



To apply for the program please submit all of the following documents to The Michener Institute:

  1. A completed Michener Application Form

    • Please ensure you specify desired start date on application form ie. Fall 2014 or Winter 2015
  2. $30  non-refundable application fee
  3. A copy of your professional college current registration or professional registration.
    • Please note, you must belong to a regulated health profession
  4. Evidence of 2 years experience in your profession
    • For example, a current resume or letter from your employer

Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide proof of an English language assessment. Please see Michener’s policy for more information. NOTE: if you are a registered health care professional in Canada, you do not have to provide proof of an English language assessment.

You are welcome to include relevant additional information or documentation if you feel it will benefit your application.

Please note, the application process for international students is slightly different. Visit the international admissions page for more information.

Your application should be sent to:

Office of the Registrar
The Michener Institute
222 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON
M5T 1V4
Fax: (416) 596-3122

For more information on the application process please visit Michener’s Admissions page, and/or view our FAQs.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2014 (Start date: September 8, 2014): *Deadline Extended* July 4, 2014

Winter 2015 (Start date February 23, 2015): November 28, 2014

Late applications will not be accepted. Further information on application deadlines is available on our FAQs page.


Diabetes and its complications is the leading cause of death by a disease in Canada and is responsible for more deaths each year than AIDS, Breast Cancer and Lupus combined.



$1,480 per program not including textbooks. Tuition is paid in two installments:

  • $985 is paid when registering for the program
  • $495 is paid when registering for a workshop mid-way through the program

Please note:

  • Tuition fees are subject to change
  • Tuition includes program materials, instructional support, workshop and evaluation.

You will be responsible for purchasing these textbooks:

  • The How To of Patient Education, 2nd Ed. Belton, A.B. & Simpson, N, 2010
    order here
  • Beyond The Basics: Meal Planning Resource, The Canadian Diabetes Association
    order here

The tuition structure for International Students is different. Please visit the International Students page for the International Student tuition fees.

Have questions about the Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate Program? Check our Frequently Asked Questions page!


Diabetes Specialty Courses

The following advanced level specialty courses, also recognized by the International Diabetes Federation, may be taken independent of the Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate Program. These courses have been designed to advance the practice of diabetes educators and interprofessional health care providers.

DE801 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents

Course dates: October 20, 2014 – January 30, 2015

DE802 Diabetes and Pregnancy

Course dates: March 9 – May 29, 2015

DE803 Promoting Self Care in Chronic Illness

Course dates: March 30- June 19, 2015

DE804 Diabetes Management in the Elderly

Course dates: November 3, 2014 – March 22, 2015

+ 2 day workshop March 7-8, 2015 (required to complete this course)

DE806 Diabetes 101

Course dates: September 22, 2014 – January 16, 2015

DE807 Intensive Insulin Management

Course dates: February 2 – May 1, 2015