Becoming a Diabetes Educator


(alfakayla) #1

Does anyone know what all has to be done to become a diabetes educator? I know that you have to have a nursing degree and take a test, but is there anything else involved? I'm a senior in high school and very interested in being an educator of diabetes. I'm trying to plan what college I need to go to and what I need to major in to accomplish this. Your feedback is greatly appreciated! Thanks!


(system) #2

your school counselor should be able to find out that information for you, but here are two websites i found for coming certified in the US:

http://www.diabetessociety.org/education/certified-diabetes-educator

http://www.ehow.com/how_4798878_become-certified-diabetes-educator.html

looks like you just need to go to a school that has a registered nursing program before starting the work experience needed before you can take the test.


(Laurenerz) #3

I'm in my last year of nursing school right now and have considered becoming a diabetes educator as well!! They are in high demand!! After you get your BSN, they suggest getting your masters and getting your certification as a certified nurse educator in diabetes! I recently was just on the medstaff of my area's ADA overnight diabetes camp! Strongly suggest doing that....I had a great time educating 9-13 year old diabetics and helping them manage their diabetes.


(since030993) #4

i am a RN, but you dont have to be a nurse to be a CDE (certified diabetes educator)

http://www.ncbde.org/ is the official website for all things related

http://www.ncbde.org/eligibility.cfm is the page for what to do and how to do it

it's my plan to do this after i get my BSN


(system) #5

i am going to be a CDE as well. i went to school for dietetics (RD). you can be a CDE with (some form of) nursing/doctor or RD. you have to have a certain amount of contact hours (it adds up to be about a years worth) with diabetic patients, then you can sit for the examination.


(sarahslp) #6

I once had a CDE who was educated as an exercise physiologist, I think. She was great and very knowledgeable even though she wasn't a nurse.