Diabetes Education and
Self-Management Class

Course Length

8 Hours
1 day


Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm




The aim of patient education is for people with diabetes to improve their knowledge, skills and confidence, enabling them to take increasing control of their own condition and integrate effective self-management into their daily lives. High-quality structured education can have a profound effect on health outcomes and can significantly improve quality of life.

Materials covered in this course include:


  • A history of diabetes
  • Overview of the endocrine system.
  • Description of diabetes including different types, signs and symptoms, warning signs, and signs/symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
  • Diet for diabetic patients
  • The roles of Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Medications and insulin, including drug classifications, adverse effects, proper doses, and interactions
  • Diabetes and pregnancy, risk factors, treatments and what it means for the future
  • Diabetes in children, diagnosing, healthy diets and complications
  • Exercise and the role it plays for the diabetic
  • Monitoring blood sugar levels, how to use and care for home glucometers, supplies required, and laboratory tests for the diabetic
  • Diabetic care including foot care, vision care, wound care, and how to deal with infections
  • Chronic conditions associated with Diabetes including review of each bodily system involved and how to prevent and/or slow progression
  • Hands on demonstration and practice with diabetic supplies including insulin pens, insulin cartridges and vials, insulin needles and how to properly use and dispose of supplies
  • Hands on demonstration and practice with multiple different home glucose monitors including how to properly care for equipment and how to take blood sugar levels.

We cover all of this over our the course of our one-day class. As part of this class, participants will leave with a complete package including all the information provided in course along with some quick reference information.

This class includes lunch and refreshments provided by Heritage College as part of the registration free. 

Becoming a pharmacy assistant is the quickest and way to enter into the pharmacy industry.  Here at Heritage College, we offer a 4-month Pharmacy Assistant Diploma. Our graduates have found employment with Alberta Health Services, Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, and many independently owned pharmacies in Alberta. Other graduates have gone on to work at clinics, pharmaceutical wholesalers, and laboratories.

As of Winter 2020, the government of Alberta predicts demand for pharmacy assistants will be above average when compared to other careers,. The government also predicts the average annual salary for professionals in this field will be $31,912. 

Students who attend this class and decide to pursue a career as a pharmacy assistant will receive $100 off their tuition to our college’s Pharmacy Assistant Diploma.

For more information about joining Heritage College, please visit our admissions page.

Heritage College International Pharmacist Bridging
  • Course Length: 8 hours over 1 day
  • Schedule: Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Course Cost: $99

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