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 ADCES7 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.
This course is an in-depth review of the concepts of diabetes self-management education. The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education is mandatory reading for this course. It is NOT included with course registration. If you currently do not have this book, please purchase the textbook separately.
The textbook is available for purchase in both printed and eBook formats.
This learning is designed for individual or groups of diabetes care and education specialists, including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, physicians, PAs, and other health care providers interested in staying up to date on current practices of care for people with diabetes and other related conditions.
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.
Nine Modules Will Be Covered Over the Course Period
- Module 1: Clinical Management of Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Conditions
- Module 2: Healthy Coping
- Module 3: Reducing Risk
- Module 4: Taking Medications
- Module 5: Healthy Eating
- Module 6: Monitoring
- Module 7: Being Active
- Module 8: Communication and Problem Solving
- Module 9: Advocacy and Care Delivery
This is an application-based learning activity.
Session space is limited. Dates are subject to change.
Spring: April 4 - June 13, 2024
Summer: June 20 - September 29, 2024
Fall: September 19 - November 28, 2024
HOW IT WORKS
- You are required to purchase or currently have access to the
- 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 learning modules and readings, 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 with activation instructions via email on Tuesday, April 2nd by 3pm CT.
- 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).