University of Southern Indiana

Diabetes Management Program

Description of Program
Diabetes is a major public health problem and its complications cause poor patient outcomes and death. The management of this chronic metabolic condition requires lifelong behavioral and lifestyle changes. An interprofessional and collaborate approach to the management can promote the health and well-being for patients with diabetes mellitus. The program was designed utilized the clinical guidelines of the American Diabetes Association and test plan for National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. 

The Diabetes Program at USI is considered a recognized provider of continuing education by National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.  

Information regarding the Certified Diabetes Educator national certification exam can be obtained at

Who Should Enroll in this Program?
This program is designed for English-speaking nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants and other healthcare practitioners who are interested in the concepts and best practices in diabetes management. 

Program Content
The content is divided into modules. Each module utilizes instructor outlines, audio/video recordings, reading assignments, articles, web resources, case studies to augment the learning process. These methods provide the participant with flexibility in completing assignments and interacting with the faculty.  Each module has accompanying study guide(s) with questions (such as multiple choice, essay) for participants to submit to faculty.  Interaction with faculty may occur as feedback to study guides, within discussion boards, or via email. The modules cover normal physiology, pathophysiology, patient assessment, diagnostic tests, diagnosis, lifestyle interventions, pharmacology and acute and chronic complications.

No text is required for this program.   

Program Schedule
This 10-week activity is offered two times a year.  The deadline for registration is the Monday prior to the start date.

2022 Dates



February 7

April 15

August 1

October 7

Learning Outcome
The learning outcome of this program is to enable the learner to incorporate current guidelines and best practices into the management of patients with diabetes mellitus through interprofessional collaborative practice. 

Program Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  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.
  9. Assimilate evidence based interprofessional collaborative practice.

Delivery of Content
The content is delivered asynchronous via the online learning management system, Blackboard. The internet provides an opportunity for interaction with program faculty while in the comfort of learning in your own home and office. Program staff are available during business hours by phone or email to assist participants with technical issues or concerns. 

Note: Many businesses, especially government agencies or health institutions, utilize security firewalls. Access to web links within program and communication from the instructor, or other students may be blocked. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.

Contact Hours
48 contact hours (12 hours specific to Pharmacotherapeutics)

The University of Southern Indiana designates this activity for 48 contact hours with 12 contact hours related to pharmacotherapeutics for nurses.  Twelve hours of this content meets the pharmacology continuing education requirements for the renewal of the advanced practice registered nurse prescriptive authority license.

The University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning designates this knowledge based Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) activity for 48 contact hours for completion of this program. Pharmacists who request to have their contact hours reported to the Certified Pharmacy Education Monitor (CPE) must indicate this request during registration and include the correct NABP e-PID# and Birthdate (mmdd).

The University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning designates this activity for a maximum of 48.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this program does not guarantee expertise in the content. Clinical experience and judgment coupled with an understanding of the content are necessary to attain competency. Achieving certification via a designated professional organization is an additional step to demonstrate competency.

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • Submit registration and payment.
  • A certificate for contact hours will be awarded following successful completion of study guides for each module, receive a passing score of 70% or better on comprehensive final, and submission of program evaluation.

The certificate of completion will be sent via email immediately upon the completion of the program evaluation.

Faculty Name and credentials
We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers.  

Lynn Melchior, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CDE
Jane Hackert RD, CDE
Kelly Dugger PharmD

Conflict of Interest Statement
No individual in a position to control content has any relevant financial relationships.

Accreditation Statements

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 48 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change. 

In support of improving patient care, University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

State of Indiana
The University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider of continuing education for several professionals licensed in the state of Indiana, including social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and dental professionals.

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

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