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The Diabetes Management Certificate Program


Target Audience

The Diabetes Management Certificate Program for Pharmacists is designed for pharmacists caring for adults with diabetes.

Goals of the Certificate Program

The primary goals of this program are to:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology, including risk factors, and presenting signs and symptoms of diabetes and its long-term complications.
  2. Design, recommend, monitor, and evaluate patient specific diabetes regimens that incorporate the principles of evidence-based medicine.
  3. Identify the unique contribution of pharmacists to the interdisciplinary team caring for patients with diabetes.
  4. Prepare pharmacists to advance along a career path toward becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator or Board Certified-Advanced Diabetes Manager.
  5. Identify the necessary components to develop a diabetes education program suitable for accreditation.

Professional Competencies and Outcome Expectations

This certificate program addresses the following professional competencies (learning objectives):

  1. Identify appropriate goals and outcomes of pharmacologic treatments for patients with diabetes.
  2. Discuss monitoring parameters (efficacy and toxicity), common adverse effects, and safety issues of pharmacologic treatments for diabetes.
  3. Discuss how to select and modify diabetes pharmacotherapy to achieve desired treatment goals.
  4. Develop an education strategy to initiate insulin therapy.
  5. Discuss the impact of medical nutrition therapy on patient outcomes and establish an approach to nutrition product recommendations in response to patient queries.
  6. Describe the role of pharmacists in identification and management of diabetic microvascular complications (retinopathy, neuropathy and nephropathy).
  7. Develop skills in basic diabetic foot care, including self examination and OTC product selection.
  8. Devise an individualized patient education plan using the AADE7TM framework (Appendix A).
  9. Describe the role of pharmacist participation on a multifaceted patient care team.
  10. Recognize key patient-specific factors in selecting self blood glucose monitors and assistive devices pertinent to the injection of insulin.
  11. Identify and track disease, cost, and quality of life outcomes in order to support reimbursement for diabetes pharmacy care services using AADE7TM System as a model (Appendix B).

Outcome Expectations

We expect participants who complete this certificate program will have a clear understanding of the professional competency areas listed above. To assess the outcomes of the educational process, we will perform the following assessments:

  • Prior to participating in the experiential component of the program, participants must complete 27 hours of continuing education by completing designated sections from DM EducateTM, an on-line, comprehensive, diabetes management course that provides users with a multidisciplinary foundation in the principles of diabetes management. Contributing faculty are educators and practitioners from the fields of pharmacy, nursing, medicine, behavioral psychology, nutrition, and exercise physiology. The required sections from DM EducateTM are modules 1-6, 10-12, and 14. Each module is accompanied by summative assessment tests. To receive continuing education credit, participants must view the required modules and receive 70% or greater on the combined required DM EducateTMmodules.
  • Participants will be required to attend a one-day interactive diabetes management workshop led by faculty preceptors.
  • Participants must meet all program requirements in order to receive a Certificate of Completion for this program.

Requisites for Learner Participation

For acceptance into the certificate program, participants must:

  • Be a graduate of a school or college of pharmacy and or foreign trained licensed pharmacists accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
  • Actively practice pharmacy.
  • Demonstrate strong clinical knowledge and skills by citing clinical practice experience.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in providing medication therapy management.
  • Be employed by an organization able and willing to implement diabetes pharmacy care services.
  • Have successfully completed the on-line DM EducateTM modules 1-6, 10-12, and 14 prior to attending the workshop portion of the certificate program.

Instructional Design to be Used

This certificate program will include two components: Didactic Sessions. Twenty-seven hours of continuing education provided through DM EducateTM, an on-line, comprehensive, diabetes management course that provides users with a multidisciplinary foundation in the principles of diabetes management. Participants will complete on-line DM EducateTMmodules 1-6, 10-12, and 14 by viewing powerpoint presentations narrated by educators and practitioners from the fields of pharmacy, nursing, medicine, behavioral psychology, nutrition, and exercise physiology. At the end of each section, participants will complete a multiple choice summative assessment.

Program Length in Contact Hours and CEUs

This certificate program provides 35 hours (3.5 CEUs) of continuing pharmaceutical education. This is comprised of a 27-hour (2.7 CEU) Web-based educational program and a 8 hour (0.8 CEUs) workshop.

An NABP ID is required to receive continuing education credits for our programs. You must register with CPE Monitor at www.nabp.net/programs/cpe-monitor/cpe-monitor-service/ to receive an NABP ID.

Date/Time: TBA

Cost: $385.00

Diabetes Management Registration Form and Flyer