Frequently Asked Questions | American Diabetes Association


Below are some answers to commonly asked questions about Diabetes Is Primary (DIP). 


While DIP is designed with primary care practitioners in mind, the course is appropriate for any clinician seeking a comprehensive course covering the fundamentals of diabetes care.

DIP is accredited for physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses,  pharmacists, and registered dietitian nutritionists.

Diabetes Is Primary offers CME, AAPA, ACPE, ANCC, and CDR credit. This means physicians, physician’s assistants, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, registered dietitian nutritionists, and dietetic technicians can earn CE credits for completing DIP modules. Furthermore, some DIP modules also provide nursing pharmacology CE credits.

In 2023, DIP will be offered from late spring through November 31.

In 2023, modules will be released starting in late spring. Participants have until November 31, 2022 to complete the modules at their own pace. 

The ADA is pleased to be able to offer this course for free.

Registration for Diabetes Is Primary is open to, and free for, both ADA members and non-members.

In addition to DIP, ADA members have exclusive access to additional free CE opportunities. Learn more about ADA membership.

DIP registration opens in late spring, 2023. You will need to create a free account on  to complete the registration process.

Yes, if you are interested in completing specific DIP modules, you can register for the program and complete the module(s) of your choosing. You will earn CE credit for each module you complete. To earn the maximum CE credits and claim a Certificate of Completion recognizing that you have completed the Diabetes Is Primary CE Certificate Program, you will need to complete all 9 modules.

DIP content is updated annually with each release of the ADA’s SOC. Taking the DIP program again is a great way to refresh your knowledge and learn about updates to the ADA’s SOC.

Creation of the DIP program is overseen by the ADA’s Primary Care Advisory Group. Faculty from multiple disciplines contribute to the creation of DIP modules.

 The 2023 program includes nine modules on the following topics:

  • Diagnosis and classification of diabetes
  • Diabetes prevention
  • Facilitating behavior change
  • Pharmacological management of diabetes (non-insulin therapy)
  • Insulin therapy
  • Cardiorenal complications in diabetes  
  • Diabetic retinopathy, neuropathy, and foot care
  • The care of older adults with diabetes
  • Transitions of care in diabetes