University of Southern Indiana

Diabetes Management Program

Description of Program
Diabetes is a major public health problem and its complications cause poor patient outcomes and death. The management of this chronic metabolic condition requires lifelong behavioral and lifestyle changes. An interprofessional and collaborate approach to the management can promote the health and well-being for patients with diabetes mellitus. The program was designed utilized the clinical guidelines of the American Diabetes Association and test plan for National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. 

The Diabetes Program at USI is considered a recognized provider of continuing education by National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.  

Information regarding the Certified Diabetes Educator national certification exam can be obtained at

Who Should Enroll in this Program?
This program is designed for English-speaking nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants and other healthcare practitioners who are interested in the concepts and best practices in diabetes management. 

Program Content
The content is divided into modules. Each module utilizes instructor outlines, audio/video recordings, reading assignments, articles, web resources, case studies to augment the learning process. These methods provide the participant with flexibility in completing assignments and interacting with the faculty.  Each module has accompanying study guide(s) with questions (such as multiple choice, essay) for participants to submit to faculty.  Interaction with faculty may occur as feedback to study guides, within discussion boards, or via email. The modules cover normal physiology, pathophysiology, patient assessment, diagnostic tests, diagnosis, lifestyle interventions, pharmacology and acute and chronic complications.

No text is required for this program.   

Program Schedule
This 10-week activity is offered two times a year.  The deadline for registration is the Monday prior to the start date by 8 a.m. CDT.

2018 Dates

Start End
February 5 April 13
August 6 October 12

2019 Dates



February 4

April 12

August 5

October 11

Learning Outcome
The learning outcome of this program is to enable the learner to incorporate current guidelines and best practices into the management of patients with diabetes mellitus through interprofessional collaborative practice. 

Program Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology, classification and diagnosis of diabetes mellitus.
  2. Discuss the clinical assessment and glucose monitoring of patients with diabetes mellitus.
  3. Discuss nutrition and other lifestyle behaviors essential to the management of diabetes mellitus.
  4. Describe the non-pharmacologic therapies associated with diabetes mellitus including activity, risk reduction, and problem-solving/coping.
  5. Discuss oral, non-insulin and insulin pharmacotherapy.
  6. Activate treatment plans for patients with diabetes in special situations including inpatient care, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state, and hypoglycemia.
  7. Identify the Clinical Practice Recommendations for screening and treatment of the long-term chronic complications of diabetes.
  8. Formulate effective teaching plans for the patient diagnosed with diabetes mellitus.
  9. Assimilate evidence based interprofessional collaborative practice.

Delivery of Content
The content is delivered asynchronous via the online learning management system, Blackboard. The internet provides an opportunity for interaction with program faculty while in the comfort of learning in your own home and office. Program staff are available during business hours by phone or email to assist participants with technical issues or concerns. 

Note: Many businesses, especially government agencies or health institutions, utilize security firewalls. Access to web links within program and communication from the instructor, or other students may be blocked. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.

Contact Hours
48 contact hours (12 hours specific to Pharmacotherapeutics)

The program content meets the pharmacology continuing education requirements for the renewal of the advanced practice nurse prescriptive authority license. Nurses will receive 48 total contact hours of which 12 hours are specific to Pharmacology.

Pharmacists will receive 4.8 CEUs or 48 contact hours for completion of this program. The Pharmacists Education Foundation is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. ACPE accreditation 0120-9999-18-001-H01-P. This learning activity is application based.  Expiration date: January 1, 2021.

Successful completion of this program does not guarantee expertise in the content. Clinical experience and judgment coupled with an understanding of the content are necessary to attain competency. Achieving certification via a designated professional organization is an additional step to demonstrate competency.

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • Submit registration and payment.
  • A certificate for contact hours will be awarded following successful completion of study guides for each module, receive a passing score of 70% or better on comprehensive final, and submission of program evaluation.

The certificate of completion will be sent via email immediately upon the completion of the program evaluation.

Faculty Name and credentials
We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers.  

Lynn Melchoir, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CDE
Jane Hackert RD, CDE
Kelly Dugger PharmD

Conflict of Interest Statement
There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.

Accreditation with Distinction

The University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. USI was recognized as accredited with distinction through November 30, 2018.

State of California
The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) School of Nursing and Health Professions works closely with the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance to offer several online continuing pharmacy education (CPE) programs. The Indiana Pharmacists Alliance (IPA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Refer to the course descriptions to determine if the course includes CPE and review the requirements.

Contact Dr. M. Jane Swartz


Send Email to