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Core Concepts Online Session: April 18 - June 19, 2016 (SESSION IS FULL)

April 18, 2016

Location: Online


THIS COURSE SESSION IS NOW FULL. The July-September 2016 session is now open at

This 9-week self-study, online course is recommended for health care professionals who have a minimum of 2 years of experience in diabetes education.  This online course is intended as an in-depth look at the important concepts of diabetes self-management education.  Participants, working with course Facilitators, will explore the scientific basis for diabetes education and care, while artfully applying concepts to patient situations, through case studies and online discussion.

The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference (3rd Edition) is mandatory reading for this course.  If you do not have the Desk Reference, please purchase before starting the course.

Activity Type: Application-based

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AADE Core Concepts® Course Online

The goal of AADE's Online CORE Concepts® Course is to increase knowledge of the diabetes disease state, sharpen clinical management skills, and highlight self-management education techniques and tools that are most appropriate for assuring successful outcomes to the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors. 

This 9-week online course is recommended for health care professionals who have at least 2 years' experience in diabetes education and who know that online learning is a suitable fit with your learning style.  Learn from other participants and our experienced Facilitators as you collaborate and explore the readings and case studies and engage in the Communication Forum.

This course is an in-depth review of the concepts of diabetes self-management education. The course requires access to the Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference, 3rd Edition.  Please note that Diabetes Educators should always adhere to their clinical scope of practice when providing patient care and DSMES.

Participants, with the assistance of course facilitators, will explore the scientific basis for diabetes education and care, while artfully applying concepts to patient situations, through case studies and online discussion. 

The 9-week course will include 4 Reading Weeks and 5 Discussion Weeks, including Pre-Work reading that will be required prior to the official start of the session. The Discussion Weeks will entail review of Cast Studies and online Communication Forum interaction. 

Registrants can expect course information to be emailed to all participants 2 weeks before the start of the session, with online access provided a few days before the official start of the session.

Target Audience

This learning is designed for individual or groups of diabetes educators, including RNs, RDs, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants, MDs, and other health care providers interested in staying up to date on current practices of care for their patients with diabetes and other related conditions.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Assess stage of change and motivation of change.
  • Review the key components of effective behavior change goals using the SMART acronym.
  • Describe prevalence and incidence of diabetes.
  • Identify resources for and aspects of planning, implementing and evaluating a DSME program.
  • Distinguish pathophysiological differences between type 1, type 2 and GDM.
  • Compare differences between DKA and HHS, as well as possible treatments.
  • Formulate individualized goals of therapy based on patient-specific characteristics.
  • Differentiate acute and chronic complications.
  • Create a drug therapy plan that includes blood pressure and dietary changes for patients with diabetic
  • Summarize approaches to pain management.
  • Identify and problem solve barriers and high risk situations.
  • Discuss current and new therapeutic options.
  • Determine optimal therapeutic regimens for patients with diabetes to achieve individualized cardiometabolic
  • Select appropriate insulin preparations for patients based on the pharmacokinetic profile, acquisition cost
    and individualized glycemic goals.

Five Modules will be covered over the 9-week period:

  • Pre-Work Module:  How People Learn & Change, Motivational Interviewing, and DSME

  • Module 1:  Epidemiology & Pathophsysiology 

  • Module 2:  Complications 

  • Module 3:  Overcoming Barriers to Change

  • Module 4:  Medications

How It Works

  • Required to have access to the Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference (3rd Ed.)
  • Need to register at least 2 weeks before the start of the class. No enrollments will be accepted within 1 week of start of session.  Registration is often full 4 or more weeks before the start of a session, so we encourage early registration.
  • The course will be 9 weeks of reading, case studies and online discussion board interaction with participants and facilitators.
  • Each session will have small groups for discussion with other participants and experienced facilitators. Communication will occur within the online discussion boards (communication forums). 
  • Learners can expect to devote about 4-5 hours a week to complete all material.
  • Course is pass/ fail.
    • Each participant will be expected to post a minimum of 3-4 messages in the discussion boards for each module.
    • Final exam must be passed with a minimum of a 70% to pass. Two attempts are allowed. 
    • Certificate of credit issued upon successfully completion of the course and passing the Final Exam.
  • The final exam period will start a few days before the course session ends, and extend a week past the course session end-date.
  • Learners can work on the course at their own convenience. Discussion participation for each module must be completed within the one-week timeframe designated for that module in the course syllabus--in order to ensure active discussions.
  • We recommend that you stay on track with the syllabus each week, so you don't fall behind (i.e., you can work for one hour and then log off and come back three days later and work for another hour or two). The syllabus structure reflects reading weeks alternating with discussion weeks.

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Discounted Member price: $ 386.00 *
Nonmember price: $ 586.00 *

Before you purchase please be sure to read closely the requirements and information above so that you have a full understanding of what the 9-week course entails.  

* The Desk Reference, 3rd Edition, is mandatory reading for this course. If you don't have The Desk Reference, 3rd Edition, please add the Desk Reference to your online shopping cart.  There will be an additional shipping and handling fee for the print. Be sure to order the Desk Reference in a timely manner to ensure delivery before start date of the class.

2016 Session Dates

(Each course limited to 60 students)

Registration Closed (Full)
Registration Closed (Full)



Dates TBA




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AADE provides full refunds (less $100 administrative fee) for registration canceled no later than 8 business days prior to the first day of the course .
All cancellation requests must be received in writing . To receive a refund, submit your written request to AADE Membership Services ( All refunds are processed within 30 days of receipt.
No refunds will be issued after the session has begun.


Rescheduling (postponing the use of paid registration to a future occurrence of the same program) is subject to availability and can only be requested one time before an Administrative fee ($100) will be charged.  
Requests must be received in writing (to AADE Member Services - within 8 business days prior to the first day of the registered sessionRequests received after this time may not be accepted, nor a refund provided


  • Laura Hieronymus, DNP, MSEd, RN, MLDE, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE
  • Kelly Cuffe, RD, LDN, CDE
  • Evan M. Sisson, PharmD, MHA, CDE

Faculty Disclosures

It is the policy of the American Association of Diabetes Educators to require that anyone who has an opportunity to affect continuing education activities content (e.g. authors, presenters and program planners) with products or services from a commercial interest with which s/he has financial relationships, discloses those financial relationship/s with commercial entities to participants.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation, but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.

Relevant disclosures (or lack thereof) among educational activity planners and faculty are as follows:


  • Laura Hieronymus: No disclosures 
  • Kelly Cuffe: No disclosures
  • Evan M. Sisson: Consultant: No disclosures


  • Nancy Stonis, AADE Nurse Planner: No disclosures
  • Anne Willmore, AADE: No disclosures

The approval of this educational offering by the AADE does not imply endorsement of specific therapies, treatments, or products discussed in the presentations.

CE Credit Information

To receive a Statement of Credit, you must complete the full content of the program, participate in the online discussion, pass the final exam, and complete the course evaluation. Statements of Credit will be issued electronically following completion of the course and exam.

Accreditation Statements

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Registered Nurses

The American Association of Diabetes Educators is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This educational program will provide 22 contact hours of continuing education credit.

AADE is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP # 10977).

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Registered Dietitians

The American Association of Diabetes Educators, (AM001) is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 22 continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for completion of this program. Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program, or materials.

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Registered Pharmacists

The American Association of Diabetes Educators is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program provides 22 contact hours (2.2 CEUs) of continuing education credit.

ACPE Universal Program Number: 0069-0000-15-005-L01-P
Effective Dates: 1/19/2015 to 1/19/2017


System Requirements

- It is recommended that you have a high-speed broadband (or better) internet connection. 
- Please be sure you close as many other open programs on your system as possible and have disabled your pop-up blocker.
- Install and enable both Java and JavaScript.

Additional requirements:

Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate
(32-bit edition, or 64-bit edition with 32-bit browser)

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or later
  • or Mozilla Firefox version 30 or later
  • or Google Chrome Browser, version 44 or later
  • or Safari (web browser on Mac)
  • ALSO: Adobe Flash Player 8 or later

Windows OS and hardware requirements

  • Windows 7 or 8: Any hardware configuration that supports these versions of Windows is sufficient
  • Windows XP Pro or Home, with Service Pack 2: 450MHz Intel® Pentium® II or faster processor or equivalent (128MB of RAM, 512MB recommended)
  • Windows Vista: 1GHz Intel Pentium II or faster processor or equivalent (1GB of RAM)

Mac OS and hardware requirements

  • Mac OS X v10.4 or higher, 500MHz PowerPC G3 or faster or 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
  • 128MB of RAM (512MB recommended)

Mobile - iOS or Android:

  • Course currently does NOT run on Apple iPad, iPhone, Android tablets, or Android phones.

Linux OS requirements:

  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4.x, 5.x or later; Novell SUSE® 9.x or 10.x or later

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