Level 2 | Beyond Fundamentals

 Level 2 Beyond Fundamentals 

The Level 2 Bundle offers 12 courses and a total of 16.80 CEs. A value of $327 for only $169 (save 50%).

These specialized courses are designed as the next step after completing our Level 1 Fundamentals Courses or as an opportunity to expand your knowledge base. The topics are handpicked by our experts and designed to increase your breadth of knowledge across the lifespan and across the care continuum. From Acute Hyperglycemic Crises to Diabetes in Youth, these courses advance your journey and polish your skills. Our straight forward course content will provide you with information you can use in your clinical setting while providing critical content for the diabetes educator exam.       

Intended Audience: This library of critical information is designed for individual or groups of diabetes educators, including RNs, RDs, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants and other health care providers interested in staying up to date on current practices of care for their patients with diabetes and preparing for the CDCES Exam.

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM is a working educator and a nationally recognized diabetes expert for over 25 years.

All hours earned count toward your CDCES® Accreditation Information

Earn 16.80 CEs (Group Discounts Available)

Topics included in Level 2 Bundle:

Assessing Coping Skills – 1.0 CE, individual price $29.00

Based on the NEW Psychosocial Care ADA Standards, this course provides a framework to assess patient barriers to behavior change. We explore psychosocial issues that may be blocking patients from adopting healthier behaviors and provides strategies to identify and overcome these barriers. Life studies are used to apply theory to real life situations.

Hospital and Hyperglycemia – 1.5 CE, individual price $29.00

Recent research has demonstrated the importance of glucose control during hospitalization to improve outcomes not only in the inpatient setting but after discharge.  This course reviews the evidence that supports inpatient glucose control and outline practical strategies to achieve targets in the inpatient setting.  We provide templates of subcutaneous and insulin drip order sets. Join us to learn the latest in managing hyperglycemia in the hospital.

Hyperglycemic Crisis – 0.6 CE, individual price $19.00

Discusses common causes of hyperglycemia and strategies to get blood glucose levels to goal. Topics include hyperglycemia secondary to medications and insulin deprivation. The difference and similarities between Diabetes Ketoacidosis and Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Syndrome are also covered. Treatment strategies for all situations are included.

Hyperglycemia, Heart & Vessel Disease – 1.5 CE, individual price $29.00

Have you wondered what REALLY is meant by Insulin Resistance? This course takes a close look at insulin resistance syndrome and vascular complications. We discuss the impact of vessel disease from the heart to the toes. Included is a discussion of identifying and preventing vascular disease and the goals of care.

Lower Extremity Assessment – 1.5 CE, individual price $29.00

People with diabetes are at increased risk of Lower Extremity Complications. This course reviews the steps involved in performing a detailed assessment of the lower extremities, including how to use a monofilament and tuning fork to detect neuropathy. We also discuss the significance of Ankle Brachial Index and strategies to prevent lower extremity complications.

Meds Management for Type 2 – 1.5 CEs, individual price $29.00

This advanced level course is designed to help participants determine the best medication choice based on the patient’s unique characteristics. The content incorporates the management guidelines published by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Algorithms. We will discuss the role of lifestyle changes and review the pros and cons of available diabetes medications using a patient centered approach. In addition, we discuss the medication algorithms in detail. Participants not familiar with the basics of diabetes medication, may benefit from first enrolling in our “Meds for Type 2” and “Insulin 101 Course.”

Microvascular Complications Eye, Kidney Nerve Disease – 1.5 CE, individual price $29.00

This course provides you with the need-to-know information regarding the microvascular complications of diabetes. We start with a brief overview of the pathophysiology and clinical manifestations then sum up with prevention strategies and screening guidelines. This straight forward program will provide you with information you can use in your clinical setting and also provides critical content for the diabetes educator exam.    

Older Adults and Diabetes – 1.5 CE, individual price $29.00

Provides critical information of the ADA goals of care for older adults. Blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid goals are based on the unique characteristics of the older individual and carefully co-determined based on their cognitive and functional status. These guidelines provide specific targets based on careful and detailed assessment of their status and life situation. This online course highlights key areas of assessment, intervention and advocacy for older clients living with diabetes.

Pattern Management Gone Crazy – 1.5 CE, individual price $29.00

The goal of this advanced level program is to develop an improved understanding of managing glucose levels through adjusting insulin therapy based on patterns. Learn about insulin dosing strategies, based on an individualized patient assessment, insulin sensitivity and other considerations. Strategies to increase patients’ comfort and knowledge about insulin therapy will also be discussed. Real patient data and issues are incorporated into each case study to increase real life application.

Setting up a Successful Diabetes Program – 1.5 CE, individual price $29.00

This program provides you with a succinct overview of the latest standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Support Programs. If you are taking the CDCES Exam or considering setting up a DSME program, this program is designed for you. We review the 10 standards and provide strategies on implementation. In addition, we discuss Medicare Reimbursement and covered benefits. This course provides insights into the exam philosophy and also highlights critical content areas.

Tots to Teens – Diabetes Standards – 1.2 CE, individual price $29.00

This course includes updated goals and guidelines for children living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. This course discusses the special issues diabetes educators need to be aware of when working with children with diabetes and their families.  We discuss the clinical presentation of diabetes, goals of care and normal growth and development through the early years through adolescence. Strategies to prevent acute and long term complications are included with an emphasis on positive coping for family and child with diabetes.

Women and Diabetes – 1.0 CE, individual price $19.00

Women with diabetes are confronted with a variety of issues that require special attention, education and understanding. This online course reviews those special needs while focusing on Gestational Diabetes and Pre-Existing Diabetes. Included are the most recent diagnostic criteria, management goals and prevention of complications during pregnancy.

Fee: $169.00 (Group Discounts Available)

Course Level: 2

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How do I become a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist® (CDCES®)?

According to the National Certification Board for Diabetes Education (NCBDE) you need to meet the following criteria:
  • Have your professional license for at least 2 years as a RN, RD, PT, PharmD, PA, MD (and others)
  • Accumulate 1000 hours of diabetes self-management teaching experience to take the CDCES® exam.
  • Need to complete 15 hours of diabetes related continuing education within 2 years of taking the exam. Visit our Online University for our complete online course catalog.
Step 1. Attend our Level 2 – Diabetes Educator Course. This course will provide you with the critical information and confidence needed to become a CDCES®. Our team of expert faculty has been fine tuning this course for over ten years, and we know what you need!
Step 2. If you can’t attend our live seminars, we invite you to enroll in our Level 2 Online Courses which will provide you with selected on-demand diabetes presentations. And even if you do attend our live seminars, these online courses are an excellent review and reinforce key points.
Step 3. Join our FREE web clinic Preparing for the CDCES® Exam which reviews the exam content, test taking strategies and sample test questions. We also offer a variety of other Free Webinars on diabetes topics that we invite you to join.
Step 4. See all of our helpful Resources:
  • See our “10 Steps to Succeed at CDCES Exam”
  • Download our printable version of the 10 Steps to Succeed
  • Visit our Articles and Resources page, where you can download the CDCES® Application Handbook published by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators and discover other tools and resources that will help you reach your goals. The process of becoming a diabetes educator is exciting and demanding. We are here to help you on this journey.
  • And, if you are looking for a more advanced programs, visit our Online University to explore our library of courses, plus earn CEs.

*Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist® and CDCES® are registered marks owned by NCBDE. The use of DES products do not guarantee successful passage of the CDCES® exam. NCBDE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES® exam, except for those published by NCBDE.”