2. Professional Practice Experience

After meeting the Discipline requirement AND before applying for the Examination, both of the following professional requirements must be met in United States or its territories:

a) Minimum of 2 years (to the day) of professional practice experience in the discipline under which the individual is applying for certification (examples: if an individual applies for certification as a registered nurse, 2 years of experience working/volunteering as a registered nurse is required; if an individual applies as a registered dietitian, 2 years of experience working/volunteering as a registered dietitian is required).
b) Minimum of 1000 hours of DSME experience with a minimum of 40% of those hours (400 hours) accrued in the most recent year preceding application. In meeting the hourly requirement*, professional practice experience is defined as responsibilities, within the past 4 years (maximum window), that include the direct provision of DSME, as defined by NCBDE.  (See definition of DSME)

*Note: DSME practice hours accrued under the Diabetes Educator Mentorship program and other volunteer positions are accepted. As with any eligibility requirement, verification of volunteer DSME hours will be needed if an applicant is chosen for an audit.


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