Core Concepts Online Session: September 19 - November 28, 2024

September 19, 2024 - November 28, 2024
ADCES's Core Concepts Course provides clinical management diabetes self-management education 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 a minimum of 2 years of experience in diabetes education.
  • Description
  • Faculty
  • Disclosures
  • Accreditation
  • Technical Requirements
  • Pricing
  • Credits

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 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.

  • 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.

2024 DATES

Session space is limited. Dates are subject to change.

Fall: September 19 - November 28, 2024 



  • You are required to purchase or currently have access to the textbook The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education, sixth edition.
  • The nine-week course will include learning modules and readings, plus a final exam after the modules are completed. The modules include readings, online activities, and discussion board interactions based on case studies.
  • Registrants will receive course information via email one week before the start of the session, and online access will be provided two days before the official start of the session. 
  • Learners can expect to devote about 4-5 hours a week to complete all material. 
  • 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 work on the course at their own convenience. However, to ensure active discussions, discussion participation for each module must be completed within the one-week time frame designated for that module in the course syllabus.
  • 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 on the discussion boards for each module. 
    • Final exam must be passed with a minimum of 70% to pass. Three attempts are allowed. 
    • Certificate of credit issued upon successful completion of the course and passing the Final Exam.
  • 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).

Amy Hertz, MS, RD, LDN, CDCES

David Miller, RN, BSN, CDCES, FADCES


In accordance with Joint Accreditation criteria and the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any ineligible companies for the past 24 months.

Joint Accreditation/ACCME also requires that ADCES mitigate any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. The disclosure information is intended to identify any ineligible relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during an activity, please report it on the evaluation.

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


Amy Hertz, MS, RD, LDN, CDCES

David Miller, RN, BSN, CDCES, FADCES


Jodi Lavin-Tompkins MSN, RN, CDCES, BC-ADM – No conflicts of interest
Joanne Rinker, MS, RD, CDCES, LDN – No conflicts of interest
Barb Schreiner, PhD, RN, CDCES, BC-ADM – Consultant: Eli Lilly & co.
Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, PhD, APRN/PNP-BC, CDCES – Consultant: Provetion Bio; Certified Product Trainer: Tandem Diabetes, Medtronic, Insulet; Founder: Diabetes Toolkit
Kellie Beumer – No conflicts of interest

Disclosure and Mitigation of Relevant Conflicts of Interest

All identified relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated.

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

Joint Providership


Financial Support



In support of improving patient care, the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

The Universal Activity Number is JA4008258-0000-24-064-H01-P; JA4008258-0000-24-064-H01-T. This application-based activity has been approved for 30 contact hours.
This statement contains information provided to NABP from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) via CPE Monitor®. ACPE policy states paper and/or electronic statements of credit may no longer be distributed directly to learners as proof of ACPE credit. The official record of credit may be located in the learner’s e-profile in CPE Monitor.

American Medical Association (AMA)

Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists designates this live activity for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists designates this activity for a maximum of 30 ANCC contact hour(s). This activity discusses 3 contact hour(s) of pharmacotherapeutic content.
The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 10977, for 30 contact hour(s).

American Academy of PAs (AAPA)

The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 30 AAPA Category 1 CME credit(s). PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 30 Continuing Professional Education unit(s) (CPEU) for completion of this activity.
Completion of this RD/DTR profession-specific or IPCE activity awards CPEUs (One IPCE credit = One CPEU). If the activity is dietetics-related but not targeted to RDs or DTRs, CPEUs may be claimed which are commensurate with participation in contact hours (One 60 minute hour = 1 CPEU. RDs and DTRs are to select activity type 102 in their Activity Log. Sphere and Competency selection is at the learner’s discretion.

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 30 continuing education credits.


To receive a Statement of Credit you must attend the entire session. Your Statement of Credit will be issued electronically immediately upon submission of the evaluation form. Contact [email protected] in the event you choose not to complete the evaluation form.


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.


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.


It is the responsibility of each participant to determine if the program meets the criteria for re-licensure or recertification for their discipline.

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  • It is recommended that you have a high-speed broadband (or better) internet connection.
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  • Install and enable both Java and JavaScript.
  • We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer, however, many mobile devices also successfully access the course.
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)

Member price: $505.00*
Nonmember price: $665.00*

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.


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 - [email protected]) 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.

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