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Diabetes Education (Part-time)

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
Continuing Education


NOTE: The Diabetes Education program has had significant changes in its design. If you have already been accepted in the program, please contact Debbie Richardson at for details on completion of your certificate.

About the Program

The Diabetes Education graduate certificate program is designed for regulated health care professionals seeking knowledge and skills in diabetes treatment and management. The program offers a firm foundation in diabetes education including evidence-based knowledge and skills in assessment, self-management and treatment and prevention strategies in diabetes care. The curriculum incorporates a variety of health teachings including those related to Indigenous culture to enhance the health and well-being of diverse populations living with diabetes.

This program will discuss current clinical approaches to support clients, their families and care givers in the treatment and management of diabetes across the lifespan.

The Capstone course focuses on collaboration, community partnerships, prevention and health promotion in diabetes. It provides students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the program.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Program Related Resources

Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
OLRN8000 Diabetes: The Basics
Description: This course offers knowledge in the disease process and clinical management of diabetes. Students will learn the treatment and management of different types of diabetes in relation to symptoms, physical activity, medication, nutrition and self-monitoring blood glucose. Self-management approaches to wellness will be introduced. Studies will focus on the promotion of healthy lifestyle changes to aid in the prevention and management of diabetes.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
OLRN8010 Diabetes Education: Approaches in Practice
Description: This course is designed to provide students with evidence-based knowledge and skills required in diabetes education. Students will examine teaching and learning theories to promote behaviour change with the adult learner. The clinical practice guidelines will be used as a guide to assist in maximizing self-management strategies to direct client interventions, improve outcomes and enhance quality of life.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
OLRN8020 Living with Diabetes
Description: In this course, students will examine strategies needed to manage and support the demands of living with diabetes. Students will learn about the acute and chronic complications related to diabetes, and the aging process. Studies will identify ways to help clients reduce risk, promote self-care behaviours and examine self-management practices in relation to blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: NURS8880 or OLRN8010, OLRN8000
OLRN8030 Diabetes: Throughout the Lifespan
Description: This course explores diabetes in children and adolescents, the aging adult and gestational diabetes. Studies will further examine treatment and management of diabetes related to insulin therapy, nutrition and exercise. Students will identify necessary interventions required in achieving optimal health and wellness for clients and families living with diabetes.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: NURS8890 or OLRN8020
OLRN8040 Capstone (Diabetes Education)
Description: For this capstones project, students will use skills and competencies obtained through pre-requisite courses to translate diabetes theory into practice. They will develop a diabetes resource or tool based on a determined need that may be used for prevention or screening purposes, direct client education, clinic use, etc. Students will have the opportunity to determine their own topic for this project; it should be based on need, current research and best practice. Students will work independently to complete this project, with support from the instructor. This capstone project will promote collaboration, community partnerships and prevention and health promotion in diabetes.
Hours: 40
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OLRN8030


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

Debbie Richardson,, (519) 748-5220 ext. 2488

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