Very interested in getting "certified" in Diabetes Mellitus

  1. Hi, I am an RN with a BSN and MSN and Ed.D in Higher Education (major in Nursing Education). I taught several years ago but have lost touch with my nursing community as I went into executive administration in community colleges. I have always had an interest in Diabetes and find an escalating number of friends and colleagues who have Type II. I have had great success in working with them and would like to have more education and become certified and commit my work to this area. Any comments/contacts would be helpful.

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  3. by   Ari RN
    Hello and Welcome to All Nurses Grace!
    Hope you enjoy the site!
  4. by   VickyRN
    Welcome to the forum, Grace!
    Perhaps this information may be of help to you:

    Eligibility Requirements for Initial Certification
    To qualify for the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators, the following requirements must be met:

    1. Professional Education

    A. An active, unrestricted license from the United States or its territories as a registered nurse, occupational therapist, optometrist, pharmacist, physical therapist, physician (M.D. or D.O.), physician assistant, podiatrist, or registration as a dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.


    B. A minimum of a master's degree, from a United States college or university accredited by a nationally recognized regional accrediting body, in one of the following areas: nutrition, social work, clinical psychology, exercise physiology, health education, or specified areas of study in public health*.

    After meeting the Professional Education requirement and before applying for the Certification Examination, all (A through C) of the following requirements must be met:

    A. A minimum of two years (to the day) of professional practice experience in diabetes self-management training in health care settings within the United States or its territories.*

    B. A minimum of 1,000 hours of diabetes self-management training experience within the past five years.*

    C. Current employment in a defined role as a diabetes educator a minimum of four hours per week, or its equivalent, at the time of application.