The Michener Institute, Toronto, Canada

About Us

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is Canada’s only post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to applied health science education. Founded in 1958 as the Toronto Institute of Medical Technology, Michener was created to respond to the education requirements of health sciences professionals and for the continuing education of health care practitioners. For over 50 years, Michener has educated applied health professionals across Canada and beyond.

The Michener Institute is publicly funded by the Province of Ontario, and further enriched through partnerships with universities, private sector companies, regulatory bodies, professional associations, and leading health care organizations. Interprofessionalism and simulation-enhanced education are essentials for Michener’s academic experience for over 5,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students.

The Continuing Education Department offers a complete portfolio of Diabetes Educator courses:

  • Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate – offered in Canada and internationally
  • Diabetes Management in the Elderly
  • Diabetes in Children and Adolescents
  • Diabetes and Pregnancy
  • Promoting Self Care in Chronic Illness


Although this program is offered in Canada by The Michener Institute, this version is also offered internationally by the International Department.  The contents of this program are the same as the Canadian version however there is some customization done to meet the needs of the region where the program is being offered.  Customization is normally in the Nutrition module.  Currently the program is being offered in both the Caribbean and the Middle East on an annual basis.

Course Description

The Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate Program is designed for individuals who are new to the field of diabetes education. It provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge about diabetes and explore the most effective means to educate patients and families with regard to the management and control of diabetes.

Delivery Format: Distance Online Education with 2 mandatory day in-person Workshop

Duration: 9 months; offered twice a year

Objectives: The graduate of the Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate Program will:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of diabetes, its development, progression and management throughout the life stages.
  • Demonstrate effective communication with people with diabetes, their families or support persons, and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of education and behaviour change theories.
  • Design, develop, implement and evaluate a diabetes education program.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to self-directed learning and professional development.

Course Outline: Each of 6 online modules contains learning objectives, a pre and post self-assessment quiz, course reading materials and a list of supplementary reading. Evaluation is conducted by facilitators and will include written assignments, case studies, online case conferences, presentations, assessment of teaching skills and a final web based examination.

The workshop builds on students’ personal knowledge and experience and is conducted by experienced facilitators who are Certified Diabetes Educators. Students participate in small group discussions, case presentations and role playing as you evaluate and problem solve case studies. Participants will receive written, oral and videotaped feedback from the faculty and peers.

Qualification gained on successful completion: Michener Graduate Certificate

Eligibility criteria: Degree or diploma in one of the following regulated health professions (other regulated health professions may be considered on a case by case basis):

  • Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), Registered Dietician (RD), Physician, Chiropodist, Pharmacist or Kinesiologist AND
  • currently able to practice in your profession; AND
  • a minimum of two years of current patient care experience in your profession

Visit our website for more information on this and the other courses in Michener’s Diabetes portfolio


Programme manager: Debbie Warner, RN, CCRC

                        222 St. Patrick Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1V4

                        416-596-3101 ext. 3056

                         [email protected]

Program Manager (International): Carolyn Menezes, B.Comm

               222 St. Patrick Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1V4


                                        [email protected]