American Diabetes Association: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, 2019 Course

Credits: 10
Course Expiration: March 14, 2022
Professional Approvals: CDR, NCBDE
Availability:Currently Available
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Required Reading!

This course requires reading the American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes- 2019 which includes all of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) current clinical practice recommendations. (The link to the required reading is in the course document. There is no hard copy book).

The guidelines provide clinicians with the components of diabetes care, general treatment goals, and tools to evaluate quality of care. The recommendations are based on an extensive review of the clinical diabetes literature, supplemented with input from ADA staff and the medical community at large. The Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes are updated annually (or more frequently online if new evidence or regulatory changes merit immediate incorporation), and is published in Diabetes Care.

Course includes 1 certificate. Under “Product Options”, choose “Additional Certificate” to purchase the CPE self-study program. Then download the required reading at

"This is a treasure-trove of nutrition knowledge that includes chapter specific study questions and resources along with suggested activities to reinforce learning."
- Jane Bennett, MS, RDN, CD
Nutrition Assessment: Clinical Research Applications
"I feel this would make a good CPE program for any dietitians who want to have their knowledge of the standards of care assessed, perhaps in preparation for becoming a certified diabetes educator. It provides well-rounded case studies that touch on important recent changes in the guidelines."
- Casey Seiden, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, Educator at The Institute for Family Health, New York, NY
2019 ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes
"This is an excellent review course for nutrition assessment, the NCP process, and NFPE. It provides a multitude of resources for any practitioner considering a research project."
- JoAnne Genest, RDN, CSG
Nutrition Assessment: Clinical and Research Applications

After completing this continuing education course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Understand the self-care management strategies for treatment of diabetes.
  2. Improve knowledge of nutrition recommended practices in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
  3. Provide guidance to patients on effective medical nutrition therapy for prediabetes.
  4. Implement effective medical nutrition therapy for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
  5. Gain knowledge of effective nutrition counseling for all ages of patients with diabetes.
  6. Implement proper medical nutrition therapy for diabetes complications such as renal disease, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, hypertension, dyslipidemia, celiac disease and obesity.
  7. Understand best practices in patients on oral medications, multiple daily insulin injections and continuous insulin infusions.

This course is intended for: RDNs, NDTRs, CDEs.

CDR Activity Number: 147274   Self Study Activity Type: 720 Printed
CPE Level: 2

Suggested CDR Learning Needs Codes:

  • 3020 Assessment of target groups and populations
  • 5090 Adults
  • 5190 Diabetes Mellitus
  • 6020 Counseling, therapy and facilitation skills

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

  • 2.1.1 Assesses the communication needs of the individual, customer or population.
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.
  • 9.6.4 Assesses customers readiness to change when applying specific counseling strategies.
  • 9.6.7 Determines if further action is required as follow up to counseling and coaching.

Note: Numerous other CDR Learning Needs Codes and Performance Indicators may apply.

This self-study course includes required reading, a downloadable course document and an online exam with multiple choice, case study based questions. This course exam includes 50 questions. Upon passing the test, the learner can download and print the certificate.

Required Reading for this Course: American Diabetes Association Standards of Medial Care in Diabetes – 2019 written by the Professional Practice Committee (PPC) of the American Diabetes Association and published in the January 2019 issue of Diabetes Care: The Journal of Clinical and Applied Research and Education, Volume 42, Supplement 1 found at Please see this publication for a listing of all members of the PPC as well as designated representatives of the American College of Cardiology (for section 9) and the American Diabetes Association Staff credited with creating this publication.

The text/book associated with this course is required solely for the course taker to learn the underlying principles which they will apply in taking a case-study based exam. Neither the authors nor the publishers of the text/book have contributed to or endorsed this course.


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