Why You Should Become a CDOE

Are you a Rhode Island licensed dietitian, pharmacist or nurse with a passion for empowering your patients with the tools necessary for managing their diabetes and a desire to network with other professionals to collaborate and share best practices?

If you are, then consider becoming a CDOE and joining this group of professionals who have been extensively trained to provide diabetes self-management education and are certified by the State of Rhode Island Department of Health.

You can make a difference in the lives of your patients living with diabetes!

Qualifications to Become a CDOE:

  1. CDOE Candidates must have a minimum of three (3) years experience as a registered nurse, dietitian, and/or pharmacist (RN, RD, or RPh) or may petition the Credentialing Committee in collaboration with the Executive CDOE Committee for review.
  2. CDOE candidates must be licensed in Rhode Island as a RN, RD or RPh.
  3. CDOE candidates must have twelve (12) hours of diabetes experience within the last two (2) years either as part of your usual employment or via participation in volunteer work, diabetes support groups, health fairs, screenings, etc.

CDOE Certification Process:

Candidates must successfully complete the CDOE certification process, including:

  1. Attend all 4 sessions of the CDOE Certification Course
  2. Pass the CDOE exam
  3. Pass the teaching component in one of three (3) ways:
    1. Attend a group class and teach a topic associated with the candidate’s profession (i.e. nursing, nutrition, or pharmacology).
    2. Work with a mentor in the candidate’s discipline to observe and perform a one-on-one counseling session.
    3. Participate in a live case study presentation with a current CDOE from the candidate’s discipline.
    4. Provide documentation of completion to the Credentialing Committee using the following forms:

The CDOE Certification Course is typically held once yearly between February – April. Registration typically begins in November or December of each year. Click here to be notified when the next CDOE course and exam will be held

How to Become a Certified Cardiovascular Disease Outpatient Educator (CVDOE):

To become a CVDOE, you must be a CDOE in good standing, AND

  • Attend both sessions of the CVDOE Certification Course:
    • Session I: Advanced Cardiovascular Disease Education Part I
    • Session II: Advanced Cardiovascular Education Part II
  • Pass the CDVOE Exam
The CVDOE Certification Course is typically held once yearly (dependent upon demand) between Sept-Nov. 

What if I'm already a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE),  can I still be a Rhode Island CDOE?

Yes! If an educator is currently certified as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) through the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) AND is currently licensed by Rhode Island as a Pharmacist, Dietitian, or Nurse, he/she can become a CDOE by:

(1) Paying a $250 fee for administrative costs

(2) Provide a copy of current CDE registration

(3) Complete and submit the CDOE Certification Completion Form to the Credentialing Committee

P.O. Box 41590  |  Providence, Rhode Island 02940  |  Tel: 401.223.2982   |   Fax: 401.633.6935

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