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Event Profile

Core Concepts Online Session: September 30 - December 1, 2021 (SESSION IS FULL)

September 30, 2021



(SESSION IS FULL) Event Date: September 30 - December 1, 2021 


The goal of ADCES 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.

Please note that Diabetes Care and Education Specialists 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.

Required Textbook*

This course is an in-depth review of the concepts of diabetes self-management education. The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education, 5th Edition is mandatory reading for this course. It is NOT included with course registration. If you currently do not have this book, please purchase the 5th edition of the textbook separately.

Intended Audience

This learning is designed for individual or groups of diabetes care and education specialists, 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 to 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 prediabetes, 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 people with diabetic nephropathy.
  • Summarize approaches to pain management and describe autonomic nephropathy conditions.
  • Identify and problem solve barriers to change and high-risk situations.
  • Discuss current and new therapeutic options for the treatment of diabetes and obesity.
  • Determine optimal therapeutic regimens for patients with diabetes to achieve individualized cardiometabolic goals.
  • Select appropriate insulin preparations for patients based on the pharmacokinetic profile, acquisition cost, and individualized glycemic goals.

Seven Modules Will Be Covered Over the 9 Week Period

  • Module 1: Basic Knowledge
  • Module 2: Diabetes and Pregnancy
  • Module 3: Diabetes Prevention
  • Modules 4 and 5: Focus on Type 1 DM
  • Modules 6: Managing Macrovascular Complications
  • Module 7: Managing Microvascular Complications 

Activity Type:

This is an application-based learning activity.

2021 Dates

Session space is limited. Dates are subject to change.*

  • Winter: January 21 - March 24, 2021
  • Spring: April 15 - June 16, 2021
  • Summer: July 8 - September 8, 2021 
  • Fall: September 30 - December 1, 2021 - (SESSION IS FULL)

How it Works

  • You are required to purchase or currently have access to the 2020 edition of the The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education, 5th Edition.  This is NOT included with course registration.
  • You must 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 9-week course will include 2 Reading Weeks and 7 Modules, plus a final exam after the modules are complete. The modules include readings, online activities, and discussion board interactions based around case studies.
  • Registrants can expect to receive course information via email 1 week prior to the start of the session, with online access provided a few days before the official start of the session.
  • The first "pre-work module" readings (The Art & Science chapters 2 and 3) should be completed before the official course start date.
  • 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.
  • The final exam period will start a few days before the course session ends, and extend a week past the course session end-date.
  • 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. Three attempts are allowed.
    • Certificate of credit issued upon successfully completion of the course and passing the Final Exam.
  • Learners can work on the course at their own convenience. Discussion participation for each module must be completed within the one-week time frame 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 (e.g., you can work for one hour and then log off and come back three days later and work for another hour or two). 


Kelly Cuffe, MS, RD, LDN, CDCES
Riverside Diabetes Wellness Center and Endocrinology Specialists
Bourbonnais, IL

Evan M. Sisson, PharmD, MSHA, BCACP, CDCES, FADCES
VCU School of Pharmacy
Richmond, VA

Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, PhD, APRN/PNP-BC, CDCES
Director of Diabetes Education and Clinic Operations and Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Medicine at the University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Accreditation Statement

Registered Nurses

The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This program provides 30.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education credit.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 10977, for 30.0 Contact Hour(s).

Registered Dietitians

The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (AM001) is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 30.0 Continuing Professional Education unit(s) (CPEUs) for completion of this activity/material. Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program, or materials.

Registered Pharmacists

The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program provides 30.0 contact hour(s) (3.0 CEUs) of continuing education credit.
ACPE Universal Program Number: JA4008258-0000-21-548-H01-P
Effective Dates: July 9, 2020 – July 9, 2023

Successful Completion

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.

Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists

To satisfy the requirements for renewal of certification for the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBDCE), continuing education activities must be diabetes related and approved by a provider on the CBDCE list of Approved Providers ( CBDCE does not approve continuing education. The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists is on the CBDCE list of Approved Providers.

Board Certified Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM)

ADCES is the administering body for the Advanced Diabetes Management credentials. Continuing education programs offered by ADCES can be used toward fulfilling BC-ADM Certification and recertification requirements.

Faculty Disclosures

It is the policy of the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists to require that anyone who has an opportunity to affect continuing education activity 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:


Kelly Cuffe, MS, RD, LDN, CDCES – No conflicts of interest
Evan M. Sisson, PharmD, MSHA, BCACP, CDCES, FADCES – No conflicts of interest
Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, PhD, APRN/PNP-BC, CDCES  – Consultant, Provention Bio; Certified Product    Trainer, Tandem Diabetes, Medtronic, Insulet, Founder, Diabetes Toolkit (501c3)


Jodi Lavin-Tompkins, MSN, RN, CDCES, BC-ADM, has no relevant financial disclosures to report.
Matthew McClure, ADCES - No conflicts of interest

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

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships and Mechanism to Identify and Resolved Conflicts of Interest

Undertaking review of the educational activity to evaluate for potential bias, balance in presentation, evidence-based content or other indicators of integrity, and absence of bias.


Discounted Member price: $ 495.00*
Nonmember price: $ 595.00*

*The Art & Science of Diabetes Care and Education, 5th edition, is mandatory reading for this course. This is NOT included with course registration. If you do not have The Art & Science, 5th Edition, please purchase this textbook here. There will be an additional shipping and handling fee for the print. Be sure to order the The Art & Science in a timely manner to ensure delivery before start date of the class.

*Before purchasing this course, please click on the above tabs and closely read the requirements to have a full understanding of what the 9-week course entails. 

Refund Policy

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 ADCES Member Services - within 8 business days prior to the first day of the registered session. Requests received after this time may not be accepted, nor a refund provided.

Technical 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
  • We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer, however many mobile devices also successfully access the course. 

Additional Requirements

Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 10, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate (32-bit edition, or 64-bit edition with 32-bit browser)

  • Microsoft Edge 
  • 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, 8, or 10: 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)

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