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ADA Pathway

Getting Accredited in DSME Through the ADA Pathway


Step 1: Recognition Requirements

Make sure you can meet these requirements

Step 2: Application

The following Standards have specific templates which are very useful in the development of your program.  In fact, you are strongly encouraged to use and follow these carefully to ensure your program is accepted.


Standard 1: Internal Structure

Letter of Senior Administrative Support
Mission Statement
Program Goals


Standard 2: External Input

Advisory Group Activity


Standard 3: Access

Population & Program Assessment Form

Standard 4: Program Coordination

Program Coordinator Job Description
Resume Template

Standard 5: Instructional Staff

Educator Credential and CEU Tracker
Single Discipline Policy & Procedures
Staffing List & Staff Types
CEU Guidelines

Standard 6: Curriculum


Standard 7: Individualization

Initial Comprehensive DSMES Cycle
Education Record
Behavioral Goals & Follow Up
DSME Assessment Form
DSME Assessment Example 1 - English
DSME Assessment Example 2 - Spanish
Physician Referral Form
Short Referral Form

Standard 8: Ongoing Support

Communication with Health Care Provider

Standard 9: Patient Progress

Behavior Goals & Follow Up
Participant Behavior Change Objectives

Standard 10: Quality Improvement

Continuous Quality Improvement Toolkit


Step 3: Supporting Documentation



Step 4: Submission

Programs seeking recognition for the first time must contact Education Recognition Program (ERP) at 888-232-0822 and choose option 5 or email ERP@diabetes.org in order to be entered into the system and be provided access to submit the application. You may also submit an interest form and an ERP staff member will contact you.


Next Steps:


Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

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