Pharmacist’s Guide to the Management of Diabetes

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James Taylor, Pharm.D., CDE
Cynthia Moreau, Pharm.D.
Jason Powell, Pharm.D.

CE Hours


Dates Available

Activity Type



Diabetes is becoming an increasingly common and complex disease state to manage. This four part course provides a comprehensive review and guide to the management of diabetes. Part one provides a review of pathophysiology and epidemiology of diabetes, as well as discussing preventive measures. Also covered is diagnosis, goals of therapy, and monitoring of diabetes based on current guidelines and clinical trials. Part two focuses on patient education, including nutrition, exercise, self-monitoring of glucose, medication administration, among other topics. In part three, all of the different classes of diabetes medications are discussed in detail along with algorithms and practical approaches to managing diabetes. Part four reviews the various complications and co-morbidities associated with diabetes. Preventative and treatment strategy discussions are included. Finally, cases are provided for you to practice applying your knowledge and skills to various situations



This Practice-Based Activity provides the extensive training and information you need to manage the therapy of patients with diabetes. You will be prepared to:

Module 1: Diabetes Basics

Discuss the risk factors and pathophysiology of type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus
Discuss the prevention of diabetes mellitus
Discuss criteria for diagnosing diabetes mellitus
Discuss goals of therapy for diabetes mellitus
Discuss monitoring of diabetes mellitus

Module 2: Providing Education to the Patient with Diabetes

Discuss principles and benefits of diabetes self-management education (DSME)
Describe the American Association of Diabetes Educators AADE7TM Self-Care Behaviors
Assess a patient’s knowledge, willingness and ability to perform self-care behaviors
Educate patients regarding nutrition, exercise, and blood glucose monitoring recommendations
Recognize insulin delivery devices and review proper insulin administration
Evaluate a patient’s problem solving skills related to hypo- and hyperglycemia management

Module 3: Pharmacologic Management of Diabetes Mellitus

Discuss the mechanism of action, benefits, adverse effects, interactions and monitoring for antihyperglycemic agents
Demonstrate ability to design an appropriate pharmacologic treatment plan for a patient with diabetes
Demonstrate ability to modify an existing diabetes pharmacologic plan based on patient specific variables

Module 4: Diabetes Mellitus: Complications and Co-Morbidities

Recommend appropriate immunizations for patients with diabetes
Assess patients for complications associated with diabetes and ways to help prevent these complications
Determine risk of a patient developing microvascular and macrovascular complications
Describe treatment of microvascular and macrovascular complications in diabetes



Must receive an 80% or higher on all exams and submit a course evaluation. Credit will be posted to CPE Monitor and CEBroker where applicable.



Course must be completed within 16 weeks. Upon completion of all four modules of the course you will accumulate 27 hours of CPE credit or 2.7 CEUs. Then, upon the recommendation of your facilitator, we will send you a Certificate of Completion as a record of your accomplishments.


Computer Requirements

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  • Internet Explorer10 and 11
  • Chrome 42 and 43
  • Safari 7 and 8
  • Firefox37 and 38 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 16 and 17 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser(supporting the latest system requirements)

Required Components: Flash is required in several places in Canvas: media recording/streaming and viewing as well as uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences.

Internet Connection: A broadband Internet connection is strongly recommended. Slower connections should still be able to access e-Learning, but will take longer to load. A wired Ethernet connection is more dependable for test-taking than a wireless connection. Special Note about Satellite service: Some users with satellite Internet service may find their online courses do not load quickly or consistently due to satellite network design issues.



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