As an advanced practice nurse, thank you for your dedication to the health of the communities in which you serve. The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE), the organization administering the Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) certification program, believes in the critical and expanding role of the APRN. We recognize that every day in practice, you have the unique opportunity to provide comprehensive, high quality medical care to children with multiple diagnoses, and their families.

As you know, the prevalence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes is increasing in the pediatric population. Accordingly, there is a growing need for pediatric APRNs who have the specialized skill and knowledge to provide diabetes self-management education and care to children with diabetes or prediabetes and their families. You are at the forefront of providing preventive care to this population and for this reason, we invite you to take a moment to learn more about the CDE credential.

Did you know? As a pediatric nurse practitioner, you are eligible to earn the CDE credential and join a growing community of almost 19,000 CDEs who continue to make a difference in the lives of people, including children, with diabetes and prediabetes.

The CDE is a widely respected certification, and CDEs are highly valued by other members of the healthcare team. Choose to earn the CDE credential and you will highlight your commitment to patients while meeting valuable personal and professional goals.

Read on below for more information about the CDE process or visit the eligiblity requirements page of the NCBDE web site to start your certification journey.

Thank you!
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Sue McLaughlin, MOL, BS, RD, CDE®
2015 Chair, NCBDE Board of Directors

Who are Certified Diabetes Educators? 
CDEs are health professionals who have demonstrated their knowledge and skill in diabetes self-management education (DSME) by providing at least 1,000 hours of patient education, passing a rigorous exam, and maintaining this highly respected credential in the healthcare industry.

What do CDEs do?
A CDE works in partnership with people with diabetes to develop a plan and provide the tools needed to self-manage diabetes on a daily basis. They work collaboratively with other members of the healthcare team to promote successful outcomes. 

When am I eligible to take the CDE exam?  
In general, for the nursing profession, individuals would be eligible to take the CDE exam after obtaining their RN license, accruing a minimum of 2 years of general nursing experience and 1000 hours of DSME experience, earning the required continuing education hours, and completing the application and paying the appropriate fee. Click here for full details on the eligibility requirements.

Why should I become a CDE? 
Obtaining the CDE certification is a great option for meeting your personal and professional goals, and it can be a way to open doors to expanded professional opportunities. However, perhaps most importantly, becoming a CDE allows both people with diabetes and those in the healthcare industry to easily identify your diabetes knowledge and experience. Click here to see why some health professionals choose to become CDEs and to maintain their certification.

Start your journey today.