Diabetes Education and Care (DICT)



This certificate program, designed in collaboration with the Northern Diabetes Health Network, is available only to certain regulated health care professionals (Registered Nurses and Registered Dietitians). It will cover topics such as disease process, management of diabetes, patient education, living diabetes, and special issues with diabetes. The program includes two fieldwork components (see Admission Requirements).


Delivery Format

Part-time: Independent Learning/Internet

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Diabetes Education & Care Certificate may find employment in the field of diabetes education.

Admission Requirements

Proof of registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Dietitian.

Additional Requirements

Note: There are additional requirements in becoming recognized as a Diabetes Educator through the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board. For more information, please visit their website at www.cdecb.ca.


  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR Level C
  • Up-to-date Immunization Record (including a 2-step TB skin test within 3 months of fieldwork start date or a Chest X-Ray not more than one year old if TB skin test is positive).

It is also recommended and assumed that students have a basic knowledge of human physiology.

How to Apply

Contact Continuing Education at (705) 566-8101, extension 7373 or email: continuing@cambriancollege.ca

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

Fees are charged per course and will vary accordingly.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

Fees are charged per course according to current international rates and will vary accordingly.

Course Descriptions

  • DEC1000- 002 – Diabetes – The Basics
    This course is designed for health care educators who want to increase their understanding of the disease process and management of diabetes. It is proven that control of diabetes reduces the risk of complications for people with diabetes. Participants in this course will examine the essential elements for diabetes control – balance of food, physical activity and medication.
  • DEC1001- 002 – Intro to Diabetes Education
    This course is designed to examine the dynamic and changing field of diabetes education and how diabetes educators need to respond to changes in practice. Their role is crucial in a disease where the primary care provider is the client. The goal of diabetes education is to assist people to develop the skills and strategies they need to manage diabetes. Methods used to promote self-management may be to increase knowledge, provide skills, and change attitudes and behaviour. People with diabetes need a basic level of information in order to manage their diabetes.
  • DEC1002- 002 – Living with Diabetes
    This course is designed for health care providers working in or planning to work in the field of diabetes education. We will examine hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia and the impact on diabetes self-management. Topics include eating according to a healthy meal plan, being physically active, managing diabetes targets (blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels). People with diabetes can expect to live active, independent and vital lives with a lifelong commitment to careful management of the disease.
  • DEC1003- 002 – Diabetes Fieldwork I
    In this course, students will demonstrate competency in their knowledge of diabetes by teaching the topic to individuals. Using topics in basic diabetes education and techniques of adult education, students will design and deliver lessons to clients, and evaluate both their teaching and learning. *Students must submit current registration in either Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Dietician (RD) fields before they will be accepted into the fieldwork courses.
  • DEC1004- 002 – Special Issues with Diabetes
    More than three million Canadians live with Diabetes. Using the Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines as a framework, students will examine diabetes across the lifespan, such as gestational diabetes, diabetes in children and adolescents, diabetes and the elderly, and long-term (acute and chronic) complications. Special attention will be paid to assessment, management and prevention strategies.
  • DEC1005- 002 – Diabetes Fieldwork II
    In this course, students will focus on the special techniques involved in teaching groups of patients and family members. Students also apply the theory of diabetes education, program design and management to actual situations.

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