Diabetes Education

Ontario College Graduate Certificate | Code: 1262

Please note:

NOTE: The Diabetes Education program has had significant changes in its design. If you have already been accepted in the program, please contact Debbie Richardson at drichardson@conestogac.on.ca for details on completion of your certificate.

About the program

The Diabetes Education graduate certificate program is designed for regulated health care professionals seeking knowledge and skills in diabetes treatment and management. The program offers a firm foundation in diabetes education including evidence-based knowledge and skills in assessment, self-management and treatment and prevention strategies in diabetes care. The curriculum incorporates a variety of health teachings including those related to Indigenous culture to enhance the health and well-being of diverse populations living with diabetes.

This program will discuss current clinical approaches to support clients, their families and care givers in the treatment and management of diabetes across the lifespan.

The Capstone course focuses on collaboration, community partnerships, prevention and health promotion in diabetes. It provides students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the program.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program

Admission requirements

  • A two- or three-year diploma or a degree from an accredited college or university in a regulated health field (registered nurse, registered practical nurse, registered dietician, chiropodist, pharmacist, social worker, kinesiologist) with a valid license.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.

  • We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application form
  • Attach a current resume and a letter of application outlining why you are applying to the program
  • Final selection is based on a review of post-secondary background and relevant documentation.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Design and deliver diabetes self-management education in a professional and ethical manner in accordance to the scope, guidelines and standards of the health care practice.
  • Develop client specific treatment plans and management strategies for individuals and families living with diabetes.
  • Select and perform assessments using clinical judgement and promote health and well-being, prevent complications, and restore and maintain health of the client.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate diabetes programs and services which respond to identified needs and interests of clients to promote and maintain quality of life.
  • Monitor client treatment plans and management strategies in collaboration with the client, their support system, health care providers and other community members to enhance the quality of care.
  • Formulate a culturally competent approach for delivering diabetes programs and services to individuals, groups, families, and communities.

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming Registrations

Mark your calendars for our upcoming registration dates so you can plan your future.

Spring Registration: February 4, 2019
Fall Registration: July 8, 2019