Level 4 | Advanced Level & Specialty Topic Courses | 13 CEs

Level 4 - Advanced Level & Specialty Topic Courses | 13 CEs

Our Level 4 specialty courses are designed to address topics that enhance your clinical practice and explore emerging issues in diabetes care. If you are seeking CEs to renew your certification or preparing to take the Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM) exam, you are in the right place. By enrolling our Level 4 series, you are joining a community of diabetes care professionals who are passionate about improving the care of people with diabetes through management and advocacy.

Diabetes Education Services Online University Courses are an excellent way to study for your exam anytime and anywhere that is convenient for you. You will have immediate access to your courses for 1 year after your purchase date. Each individual online course includes a: video presentation, podcast, practice test, and additional resources.

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Level 4 | Advanced Level & Specialty Topic Courses | Earn 13+ CEs for $129: Purchase Level 4 Courses

Working at an advanced level or preparing to take the BC-ADM can be a time of tremendous personal and professional growth as you delve into the complexities of diabetes, from the management of co-conditions to considering new horizons in care.  We are here to support your advancement through this bundle of Level 4 courses.

The fast-paced content is designed to fulfill curiosity, build on previous significant diabetes care experience and support your journey toward becoming Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management.

Intended Audience: These courses are geared towards experienced and curious health care professionals who are seeking higher-level content delving into diabetes management and care. Diabetes specialists, RNs, RDs, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants and health care providers working toward advanced certification will benefit from this specialty content bundle.  

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, has been Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management for over 15 years. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, a working educator and a nationally recognized diabetes expert.

Course Expiration: You will have immediate access to your courses for 1 year after your purchase date. After your year’s registration expires, you can buy an extension for another year by clicking here.

All hours earned count toward your CDCES Accreditation Information

Earn 13 CEs (Group Discounts Available)

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Insulin Therapy – From Basal/Bolus to Pattern Management | 1.5 CEs

This course reviews the effective use of insulin therapy to improve glucose control. Learn how to look at glucose patterns and determine appropriate insulin adjustment strategies. Also included are formulas to calculate therapy based on national guidelines.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the actions of different insulins
  2. Describe pattern management as an insulin adjustment tool
  3. State how to calculate insulin needs and determine basal bolus insulin dosing
  4. List teaching tools for insulin administration

Cancer and Diabetes | 1.25 CEs

Patients with cancer often experience hyperglycemia secondary to treatment, which can increase risk of infection and compromise their nutritional status. In addition, recent research has identified the link between diabetes and cancer. Join us to learn more about this unexpected link and treatment strategies for steroid induced hyperglycemia using a case study approach.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the relationship between cancer, hyperglycemia and insulin resistance.
  2. State 3 benefits of normalizing glucose levels during chemotherapy.
  3. Using a case study approach, discuss strategies to improve glucose levels and quality of life.

COVID-19 and Diabetes | 1.5 CEs

This presentation brings health care professional up-to-date on the current state of COVID and its impact on diabetes care. She summarizes key information including critical teaching points and management strategies for people with diabetes who develop a COVID-19 infection.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the current state of diabetes in the United States
  2. Describe the relationship between COVID and health care disparities
  3. Explore the impact of COVID infection on those with pre-existing diabetes
  4. Discuss treatment strategies for COVID and diabetes, including new vaccines
  5. List critical teaching points for people with diabetes and COVID

Insulin Calculation Workshop – From injections and pumps | 1.5 CEs 

Determining basal and bolus rates for multiple daily injections or insulin pumps can seem overwhelming.  This course provides participants with a step-by-step approach to determine basal rates, bolus ratios and how to problem solve when blood glucose levels aren’t on target. During this course, Coach Beverly will provide abundant case studies to give participants hands-on practice and build confidence when calculating insulin doses for a variety of situations.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe using formulas to determine appropriate insulin dosing.
  2. Discuss strategies to determine and fine-tune basal insulin dose
  3. Describe how to determine and fine-tune bolus rates including coverage for carbs and hyperglycemia.
  4. Using a case study approach, utilize calculations to determine the best insulin dosing strategy.

New Horizons – Getting to the Gut, Meet Your Microbiome | 1.25 CEs 

Join us to learn about the exciting advances in our understanding of the pathology of diabetes and novel approaches to prevention. We will discuss trends in diabetes diagnosis and classification.  The role and importance of gut bacteria in the pathology of type 1 and type 2 will explored. A detailed discussion on emerging research and clinical trial on interventions to delay or prevent diabetes is also included.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the latest research on our microbiome
  2. Describe the link between COVID and Gut-Lung Axis
  3. Discuss the implications of the skin microbiome and overall health
  4. Describe the importance of diet during pregnancy for the baby’s microbiome.
  5. State the relationship between gut health and diabetes and inflammation
  6. Describe 3 strategies to get our microbiome back to better health.

Solving Glucose Mysteries for Type 1 | 1.5 CEs 

Why do the blood sugars keep dropping after meals? Is the basal insulin set correctly? What adjustments are needed for exercise?

During this webinar Coach, Beverly addresses each of these glucose mysteries and more, using a person-centered approach.  She describes a stepwise approach to evaluate glucose patterns and correct common issues encountered by people living with type 1 diabetes.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe common glucose mysteries encountered by people with type 1 diabetes.
  2. Using a stepwise approach, evaluate factors affecting glucose patterns.
  3. State interventions to increase time-in-range and improve quality of life.

Solving Glucose Mysteries for Type 2 | 1.5 CEs

Why are glucose levels elevated in the morning? When should insulin be started?  What is the next step to get A1c to target?

During this course Coach Beverly addresses each of these glucose mysteries and more, using a person-centered approach.  She describes a stepwise approach to evaluate glucose patterns and correct common issues encountered by people living with type 2 diabetes.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe common glucose mysteries encountered by people with type 2 diabetes.
  2. Using a stepwise approach, evaluate factors affecting glucose patterns.
  3. State interventions to increase time-in-range and improve quality of life.

Type 2 Diabetes Intensive | 2 CEs

This course provides a detailed overview of the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes, prevention strategies, and cardiovascular risk reduction. In addition, we highlight type 2 treatment approaches including nutrition, activity, oral and injectables medications plus screening and treatment guidelines for micro and macrovascular disease. Through case studies and discussion, we highlight strategies to focus on a person-centered approach along with attention to psychosocial care for people living with diabetes.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the current epidemiology of type 2 diabetes.
  2. Describe the classification, terminology & diagnostic criteria for diabetes.
  3. Identify the eight pathophysiologic defects associated with the ominous octet.
  4. Describe evidence and strategies to prevent type 2 diabetes.
  5. State strategies to implement a person-centered approach to those with diabetes.
  6. Discuss key aspects of type 2 diabetes management including education, therapeutic lifestyle changes, glucose, lipid and hypertension management plus referrals.
  7. Understand the overarching principles of management of type 2 DM including.
    1. Classes of the diabetes medications
    2. Treatment of dyslipidemia/hypertension
    3. Screening for, prevention and treatment of microvascular complications
    4. Psychosocial support

 Bonus Courses | 1.5 CEs

  • Diabetes and Language | What we say matters | 0.5 CEs
  • Mindfulness and Compassion in the Diabetes Encounter Webinar | 1.0 CE

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