What is a Diabetes Educator?
Diabetes Educators are typically health professionals — nurses, dietitians, etc. — who have returned to school to receive additional education in diabetes care and management.
Diabetes Educators work with patients and their families to help clients understand their diabetes and create plans for managing their care. Based on their professional background, Diabetes Educators can take on a wide variety of tasks, including teaching patients how to apply their treatments (ex. Insulin), conducting wound care, and assisting with health promotion and nutrition planning.
The nature of diabetes education is that you will work with a variety of healthcare professionals in a team setting.
Diabetes Educators might work in one location (ex. A hospital), or may do outreach in the community, including to people’s homes. In certain settings, occasional evening and weekend work may be required.
- The average Diabetes Educator salary in Canada is $63,459 per year or $32.54 per hour.
- Entry level positions start at $31,507 per year
- Most experienced workers make up to $84,271 per year.
Schooling Entry Requirements
Must be a health professional, with many schools requiring students to be registered and licensed members of a regulated profession (ex. Nurse, RMT, Pharmacist, Dietitian). Additional requirements (ex. Length of practice) vary by program.
There are a variety of options for obtaining a post-graduate certificate in diabetes education. They include in-person and online programs, are mostly part-time, and vary from 6 months to 1.5 years in length.
Schools that offer diabetes education certificate programs in Ontario include:
- Michener Institute
- Lambton College
- Mohawk College
- Confederation College
- Durham College
As with any clinical position, there are a variety of requirements employers may have, including but not limited to:
- Successful vulnerable sector police check
- First Aid & CPR
- Driver’s license (outreach positions)
Diabetes Educators can voluntarily pursue the Certified Diabetes Educator certification through the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board. In order to become a CDE you must:
- Be a registered member of a regulated health profession
- Have a minimum of 800 hours of experience in diabetes education
- Write the online exam