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Diabetes Self-Management Education Certification Program

Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) is an interactive, collaborative, ongoing process involving individuals who have diabetes or are at risk of developing the disease and diabetes educators. This process includes: Diabetes Self Management Education logo

  • Assessment of individual needs
  • Identification of specific diabetes preventive or self-management goals
  • Education and behavioral intervention designed to help individuals achieve identified self-management/prevention goals
  • Evaluation and support of self-management efforts and future needs
Diabetes self-management education is a critical part of the medical plan for people with diabetes or who are at risk for development of the disease.

Who is Eligible?
People with diabetes or prediabetes, that are; newly diagnosed, have had a change in treatment or condition, or have never received comprehensive diabetes self-management education (does not assure coverage).

DSME List of Programs
DSME Map – Find a location near you.

For ADA approved programs visit
For AADE approved programs visit


map of michigan The Certification Process

The certification process is based on National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education, MDCH, American Association of Diabetes Educators and American Diabetes Association requirements. Programs that provide DSME are required to:

  • Use an instructional team that maintains current knowledge in diabetes management, behavioral interventions, and skills in teaching, learning and counseling
  • Focus on individualized educational planning, even in group settings
  • Implement a continuous quality improvement process
2014 Annual Coordinator Meeting
DSME Brochure

Diabetes Leadership Initiative – The Michigan Experience

MidMichigan Health – Diabetes Educators on the PCMH Team

Embracing Quality Improvement for DSME Excellence

Implementing Quality Improvement in a DSMEP

If you would like more information about the day's events call Dawn Crane at 517-335-9504.

Site visits are made to review implementation of the national standards and to provide consultation and technical assistance.

Certified programs are partners of the Michigan Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and part of a large network of agencies involved in diabetes preventive care and education.

Consultation is provided at no charge to eligible programs interested in obtaining certification.
Provider Handbook is available upon request.

Certification Program Coordinator:
  Dawn Crane, RN, MS, ACNS-BC, CDE
  Phone: 517-335-9504

Apply For Certification
Required for certification Annual Report Statistical Report Site Visits Program Form Sample Templates