Dental Professionals as Certified Diabetes Educators

The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NBCDE), the credentialing organization for Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE), has opened an opportunity for adequately trained dental professionals to begin working toward becoming a CDE. A CDE is defined as, “a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in prediabetes, diabetes prevention, and management. The CDE educates and supports people affected by diabetes to understand and manage the condition. A CDE promotes self-management to achieve individualized behavioral and treatment goals that optimize health outcomes.”8

Several health professionals, such as physicians, nurses and dietitians, have always had the ability to prepare for the certification. Currently there are over 19,000 CDE’s.8 In 2014, NBCDE proposed a Unique Qualification Pathway that will potentially allow a master-prepared dental professional, with a health-related degree, to prepare for and submit an application. This certification provides the dental professional with the valuable expertise and experience that establishes them as a respected member of the diabetes team.