Diabetes Is Primary | American Diabetes Association

The Diabetes Is Primary continuing education (CE) program is the premier online educational program from the American Diabetes Association® (ADA) for primary care clinicians.

Course Description

Primary care practitioners (PCPs) treat 85–90 percent of the 37.3 million people with diabetes, as well as the 96 million people with prediabetes in the U.S. During the average 15-minute office visit, they are responsible for managing a range of health conditions, making it difficult to focus on just one disease state. As advances in diabetes treatment and technologies evolve at a rapid-fire pace, it is challenging for PCPs to stay up to date on the latest diabetes guidelines.

Recognizing the burden on PCPs on the front lines of diabetes care, the ADA has developed the accredited professional education program, Diabetes Is Primary (DIP). DIP is based on the ADA’s Standards of Care in Diabetes (SOC)the gold standard in diabetes treatment. These guidelines, updated annually, ensure that patients receive up-to-date, evidence-based care.

Although designed with PCPs in mind, the program provides an excellent foundation in diabetes care and is appropriate for any clinicians who are new to practice or seeking a refresher on the clinical management of diabetes.


Program Highlights

  • Free registration: The ADA is pleased to be able to offer this course for FREE
  • Convenient, online format: Complete the on-demand modules on your own schedule
  • Comprehensive review of the ADA’s SOC: Master the gold standard for diabetes management
  • Application-focused instruction: DIP’s interactive modules are designed to ensure you are ready to use what you learned in your clinical decision making upon completing each module
  • CE for the entire diabetes care team: This program is accredited for physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and registered dietitian nutritionists
  • Updated annually: DIP content is refreshed with each release of the ADA’s SOC
  • Discussion board: Network and share best practices with fellow course-takers

2023 Module Topics

  • Classification and diagnosis of diabetes
  • Diabetes prevention
  • Facilitating behavior change
  • Pharmacological management of diabetes (noninsulin glucose-lowering therapies)
  • Insulin therapy
  • Diabetic retinopathy, neuropathy, and foot care
  • Cardiorenal complications in diabetes  
  • The care of older adults with diabetes
  • Transitions of care in diabetes

2023 Program Timeline

Diabetes is Primary 2023 is now live! Modules will be released through August 2023. Participants have until November 30, 2023 to complete the program.



This program is supported, in part, by an unrestricted educational grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Abbott Diabetes Care, Inc., and Walmart, Inc.