Level 2 | Beyond Fundamentals

Beyond the Fundamentals

Earn 15.40 CEs – 13 Courses

These courses are designed as the next step after completing our Level 1 Fundamentals Courses. They help you to continue your journey and strengthen your knowledge base to prepare to take the Diabetes Educator Exam. They are also designed for experienced diabetes educators who are seeking an update on these critical topics. We pack our courses full of useful information that students preparing to take their CDE®* have requested. They also provide an overview of the critical topics that diabetes educators can apply in their clinical setting.

Beyond the Fundamentals Series $169 (save 50%) 




Level 2  – Topics

 1.  Hyperglycemic Crisis – DKA and HHS » 1.0 CE

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.


  • Describe common causes of hyperglycemic crises.
  • Discuss the difference and similarities between DKA and HHS. State two treatment strategies for each of the hyperglycemic crises situations.
  • Describe causes and treatment of hyperglycemic crises.

2.  Lower Extremity Assessment » 1.5 CE

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.


  • Describe the risk factors for lower extremity complications.
  • Discuss prevention strategies.
  • Demonstrate steps involved in a lower extremity assessment.
  • Assessment and Prevention of Lower Extremity Complications.

3.  Meds Management for Type 2 » 1.5 CEs

The goal of this program is to develop an improved understanding of managing glucose levels through insulin therapy. Learn about insulin dosing strategies, based on the 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.


  • Explore the importance of patient assessment in determining a realistic dosing strategy.
  • Discuss strategies to initiate and modify insulin therapy with a focus on safety.
  • List strategies on adjusting bolus and basal insulin to achieve glucose targets.

4.  Meds for Type 2 – What you Need to Know » 1.5 CEs

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 NEW 2015 management guidelines developed by the American Diabetes Association and the AACE. 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 new medication algorithm in detail. Participants will gain valuable insights into developing an individualized plan to treat hyperglycemia in collaboration with the person with diabetes. Participants not familiar with the basics of diabetes medication, may benefit from first enrolling in our “Meds for Type 2” and “Insulin 101 Course” for a detailed review of the basics of medication, insulin therapy and pattern management.


  • Discuss a patient centered approach to manage hyperglycemia.
  • Describe the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes and the importance of glucose control.
  • State strategies therapeutic strategies to treat hyperglycemia from lifestyle to medications.
  • Discuss how the unique characteristics of patients determine the best approach to hyperglycemic management.

5.  Pattern Management Gone Crazy > 1.5 CEs

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. All hours earned count toward CDE.

6.  Assessing Coping Skills » 0.6 CE

This new course is taught by our Behavior Change Expert, Diane Pearson. Diane provides a framework to assess patient barriers to behavior change. She explores 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. A great course for anyone entering the field of diabetes education or for those looking for a new perspective on patient assessment.


  • Name assessment areas of healthy coping.
  • List psychosocial and emotional barriers.
  • Describe stress and adaptation approaches.
  • Discuss strategies to develop individualized diabetes education plan.

7.  Setting up a Successful Diabetes Program and Medicare Reimbursement » 1.5 CEs

 This program provides you with a succinct overview of the critical elements required in setting up an accredited diabetes self-management program.  We review the essentials of program development including the advisory committee, outcome measures, billing issues and marketing strategies.  If you are thinking of taking the CDE® exam, this course provides insights into the exam philosophy and also highlights critical content areas.


  • Discuss the steps involved in setting up  a Diabetes Program
  • Describe a needs assessment
  • List program essentials
  • State administrative aspects
  • Discuss marketing strategies for success

8.  Hospital and Hyperglycemia » 1.5 CEs  

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


  • Describe the impact of hyperglycemia in the hospital setting
  • Discuss the importance of inpatient glucose control.
  • State 3 strategies to get glucose to goal in the hospital setting.
  • List ADA’s new treatment goals.

9.  Microvascular Complications Eye, Kidney and Nerve Disease  » 1.5 CEs

This web clinic 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.         


  • Describe eye, kidney and nerve disease
  • Describe modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for diabetes complications.
  • List screening guidelines and prevention strategies.

10.  Women and Diabetes » 1.0 CE

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. A helpful review for the CDE® Exam and for those who want more information on Women with Diabetes.


  • Describe three issues that affect women with diabetes
  • Discuss the unique attributes of pre-existing diabetes in pregnancy and gestational diabetes.
  • State the diagnostic criteria and management goals for gestational diabetes.
  • List potential short term and long term complications of fetal exposure to hypoglycemia.
  • Discuss prevention measures to keep mother and baby healthy.

11.  Tots to Teens -Diabetes Standards of Care » 1.2 CE

Recorded in June, 2015 this course included 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.


  • Discuss goals of care for Type 1 and Type 2 Kids with Diabetes
  • State strategies to prevent acute and chronic complications
  • Discuss importance of positive psychosocial adjustment and resources

12.  Older Adults and Diabetes » 1.5 CE

We are living longer and more people are getting diabetes. The older population has unique issues and special needs that require consideration as we provide diabetes self-management education. This online course highlights key areas of assessment, intervention and advocacy for older clients living with diabetes.


  • Describe self-management considerations for older individuals
  • List strategies to prevent complications and maintain optimal quality of life.
  • Discuss the role of the Diabetes Educator as advocate

13.  Hyperglycemia, Heart & Vessel Disease » 1.5 CEs 

Have you wondered what REALLY is meant by Insulin Resistance? Then join this straight forward and clinically relevant webclinic. We take a close look at insulin resistant syndrome and vascular complications. We will 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.     


  • Describe the impact of insulin resistance and hyperglycemia on vessel disease.
  • State the complications and factors associated with vascular disease.
  • List management goals to reduce the risk of vascular disease.
  • Discuss strategies to promote health.





Accreditation: Our online programs are accredited by the National Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), which mean all hours earned can be applied to your CDE®. If you need hours to apply for or renew your Certified Diabetes Educator®* (CDE®), our class hours of instruction count toward your CDE® regardless of your profession.**

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**To satisfy the requirement for renewal of certification by continuing education for the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE), continuing education activities must be applicable to diabetes and approved by a provider on the NCBDE List of Recognized Providers (www.ncbde.org). NCBDE does not approve continuing education. Diabetes Education Services is accredited/approved by the Commission of Dietetic Registration which is on the list of NCBDE Recognized Providers.”