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Diabetes Certificate

Earn a certificate in diabetes

The College of Health Sciences and Professions sponsors the Diabetes Certificate available to both undergraduate and graduate students. This program educates and prepares students to better understand the multifaceted and complex condition of diabetes. The program offers a unique opportunity for students to obtain interdisciplinary education and training opportunities as well as service learning, clinical and/or research opportunities guided by experts in diabetes.

The program requires:

Diabetes Core

NUTR 4320 Undergraduates
NUTR 5320 Graduates
Diabetes: Bench to Bedside – 3 Credit Hours
This is a comprehensive online course offering an exploration for the underlying genetics and physiology of diabetes and clinically relevant issues surrounding diabetes from medical, self-management, and prevention perspectives.

NUTR 4960 Undergraduates
NUTR 5960 Graduates
Trends in Diabetes – 2 Credit Hours
This course includes a clinical preceptorship as well as a weekly seminar discussing the latest trends in diabetes clinical care, novel discoveries in diabetes research and experiences gained on preceptor sites.

NUTR 4932 Undergraduates
NUTR 5932 Graduates
Independent Study in Diabetes – 3-8 Credit Hours
This is a capstone course with emphasis on research, clinical, or service learning experience related to diabetes. This course allows students to use “experiences” to count towards credit hours.


6-9 semester credit hours of additional coursework to meet the 17-semester-hour requirement, including at least one course outside the nutrition program. More information on electives can be found in the academic catalog or by contacting Jessica Arquette at

Academic Catalog

Independent Study

The Independent Study allows students to use research, clinical, or service learning experiences to count towards credit hours. Students wishing to complete the Independent Study in Diabetes must complete the Independent Study Contract/Proposal form prior to registering for the course. Please contact Jessica Arquette for details:

Contract/Proposal NOTE: Graduate students will be required to focus on a project that is distinct from their masters thesis or graduate level project. Students who are completing research projects must select to do their independent study in a community or clinical setting. Likewise, students who are involved in community or clinical based projects must select to do their independent study in a research setting. The independent study for diabetes typically requires 6-8 hours of independent work per week, and should not interfere with graduate students thesis or final project. In addition, graduate students wishing to pursue the diabetes certificate will be required to deliver a local, regional, or national presentation (oral or poster) related to diabetes or related disease.

Adding the Diabetes Certificate

Students interested in pursuing the diabetes certificate (CTDIAB) can obtain an application form from their college’s student services office. After completing the application and obtaining the certificate coordinator’s signature, they should return the form to their college’s student services office. Each academic period on the student’s DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) Report, students can track their progress in the certificate program. Students must receive a C or better in both core and elective courses in order to receive the certificate. The undergraduate Diabetes Certificate will be awarded upon graduation if the student has successfully completed the requirements and a notation of the certificate will be recorded on the student’s transcript.