University of Southern Indiana

Diabetes Management Certificate Program

Description of Program

The Diabetes Certificate Program is an interactive continuing education program designed to provide physicians, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills essential to the health of all diabetic patients. The program consists of eight modules and is designed to be completed in ten weeks. Each module includes reading assignments, study questions, case studies, and test questions. Learners interact with practitioners and faculty who are expert in the area of Diabetes Management.

Who Should Enroll in this Program
This program is designed for English-speaking nurses, office managers, pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals interested in the concepts and practices of Diabetes Management.

Program Curriculum
Instruction will include the following content:

  • Pathophysiology of glucose metabolism and diabetes disease state
  • Acute complications
  • Chronic complications
  • Oral medications
  • Injectable medications
  • Diabetes management issues
  • Nutrition
  • Plan of care involving activity, stress, sick days, and monitoring.

Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to successfully manage patients with diabetes based on current therapeutic guidelines and best practice.

  1. Describe the pathophysiology, classification and diagnosis of diabetes mellitus.
  2. Discuss the clinical assessment and glucose monitoring of patients with diabetes mellitus.
  3. Discuss nutrition and other lifestyle behaviors essential to the management of diabetes mellitus.
  4. Describe the non-pharmacologic therapies associated with diabetes mellitus including activity, risk reduction, and problem-solving/coping.
  5. Discuss oral, non-insulin and insulin pharmacotherapy.
  6. Activate treatment plans for patients with diabetes in special situations including inpatient care, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state, and hypoglycemia.
  7. Identify the Clinical Practice Recommendations for screening and treatment of the long-term chronic complications of diabetes.
  8. Formulate effective teaching plans for the patient diagnosed with diabetes mellitus.

Featuring an "Ask the Expert" Session
National experts will be available to answer your most challenging Diabetes Management questions.

Course Schedule
This ten-week activity is offered two times a year.

Offering dates for 2016: February 8 and August 8

Offering dates for 2017:  February 6 & August 7

We reserve the right to cancel any offering due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified well in advance if this occurs.

For more schedule information, call toll free 1-877-USI-HLTH (874-4584) or 812-461-5217 or e-mail

Enrollment Cost
The enrollment fee for this program is $600 and includes Internet instruction, handouts, study guide and a comprehensive exam (the textbook is not included). Partial refunds are available until the start of the class. An additional $96.00 charge will be added for pharmacists requesting contact hours. NOTE: Pharmacists requesting CEs must request them during registration.

Information on the textbook will be forwarded upon registration.

The textbooks are not included in the cost of the program.

Instruction Methods
A combination of delivery methods are used to facilitate learner and faculty communication including:

Provides on-line instructor-prepared materials and course assignments. Internet resources are used as an integral part of the instruction.

Computer Conferencing
Allows learners to interact with faculty and other course participants.

Electronic Mail
Allows learners to freely interact on an individual or group level with other learners and faculty.

Telephone Consultation
Faculty will be available by telephone to assist learners.

Kelly Dugger, PharmD
Jane Hackert, RD, CDE
Sue Krieg, RN, MSN, FNP-C
Janet Meyers, RN, DNP, MSN, CDE, CWCN, CFCN, CNE

Delivery of Program Content
The program has eight modules. Each module includes reading assignments, study questions, case studies, and test questions. Learners interact with practitioners and faculty who are expert in the area of case management. A comprehensive examination will be administered at the end of the ten-week program.

Why Enroll in an Interactive Internet Program?
The convenience of on-line instruction allows the participant to "attend" class at any hour or day of the week during the 8-week period. Participants will learn from experts in the area of diabetes management and have the opportunity to network with other course participants from across the country. Internet instruction provides an opportunity for personal interaction with course faculty while providing the comfort of learning in your own home or office.

Continuing Education Credits
A Continuing Education Certificate will be awarded following successful completion of study guide questions, an online comprehensive examination (with a passing score of 70% or higher), and submission of a course evaluation. Certificates will be sent via email within 30 days after the completion of the course.

The program content meets the pharmacology continuing education requirements for the renewal of the advanced practice nurse prescriptive authority license. Nurses will receive 48 total continuing education credits of which 12 are specific to Pharmacology credit.  


ANCC Accredited Distincion Logo V6 ProviderThe University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited with distinction through November 30, 2018 as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is an enduring program which is reviewed annually in December.

The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.

AcpelogoThe Indiana Pharmacists Alliance is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participants will receive 48 contact hours or 4.8 CEU's for successful completion of this program. CE statements of credit will be distributed upon completion of the program. ACPE Universal Program Number0120-0000-14-203-H04-P. Initial Release Date: 01/01/09. Expiration Date: 12/31/17. There is an additional $96.00 charge for pharmacists requesting contact hours. NOTE: Pharmacists requesting CEs must request them during registration. This is a knowledge-based program activities.


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