Diabetes Minor

group image of the Diabetes Minor students


The Department of Family Health Care Nursing offers a minor in diabetes (video) to any student enrolled in a Master's program in the School of Nursing at UCSF. Students who complete all three courses will be awarded a certificate that they have completed the minor in diabetes.

In addition, students in the ACNP, AGNP, FNP, ACPNP, and PNP specialties are eligible to apply to the Madison Clinic Peggy Huang Diabetes Nurse Fellows Program,

for sub-specialty education that includes all three courses in the Diabetes Minor, plus advanced nurse practitioner clinical training in management of diabetes. This program provides students with additional expertise in the area of diabetes across the lifespan with courses that focus on the medical management of pediatric and adult diabetes, as well as the behavioral aspects of self-management of a chronic condition.

Students accepted into the trainee program will have the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge clinical practices including the UCSF Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes, The UCSF Diabetes Teaching Center, The Richard H. Fine People’s Clinic at ZSFG (Zuckerberg San Francisco General), the ZSFG Endocrine Clinics, and other family practice and community clinics that treat a significant number of patients with diabetes.

As such, they will help patients manage their diabetes from both medical and behavioral perspectives. For example, the nurses might adjust patients' medication regimens as well as assist those patients struggling with self-management behaviors to set realistic goals and develop concrete plans for adopting healthier lifestyles.

The Madison Clinic Peggy Huang Diabetes Nurse Trainee Program will prepare advance practice nursing students to sit for qualification exams to become nationally board certified in advanced diabetes management (BC-ADM). A total of 480 practice hours post APRN licensure are necessary in order to be eligible for the exam.


Download the application form in either Adobe .PDF format or Microsoft Word .DOCX format. (For best results, use "Save As . . . " to save either document to your hard drive--instead of opening it within/inside your web browser's previewer.)

Be sure to submit your application and supplemental documents in time to meet the December 31, 2017 deadline.

Clinical rotations in diabetes are not a mandatory part of the minor.



(Course details are subject to change.)

N296A Advanced Management of Pediatric Diabetes.
Fall Quarter, 2 units, 2nd year students only
The primary focus is on diabetes (T1 and T2DM) in a pediatric population. Course will include: epidemiology and detection of diabetes in children and adolescents; pathophysiology; disease management requirements; pharmacological treatment; diabetes education and self-care management expectations for pediatric patients and their families.

N296C Advanced Clinical Management of Adult Diabetes.
Winter Quarter, 2 Units, 2nd year students only, Thursdays 2-5pm
Primary focus is on T2DM in an adult population. Course will include epidemiology and detection of diabetes in adults; pathophysiology; disease management requirements; advanced pharmacological treatment; care of special populations with diabetes such as the elder patient, persons with co-morbid conditions such as mental illness, and care of underserved populations.

N296B / N301.5 Family and Behavioral Approaches to Diabetes Management Across the Lifespan.
Spring Quarter, 2 Units, Didactic plus Laboratory, 1st & 2nd year students, Thursdays 1-5pm
Course focuses on the complex behavioral, educational, and family skills required to support patients in living with diabetes. Topics include: behavioral theories for managing diabetes, family theories for influencing health outcomes; empirically based intervention strategies for behavior change. The related lab focuses on student skill development in varied forms of behavioral and family intervention (e.g. motivational interviewing; coping skills training, problem-solving interventions, behavioral goal setting and follow-up).


Extracurricular Elective Community Activities

Students will have the opportunity to observe and/or participate in some of the following activities and organizations:

The UCSF Diabetes Teaching Center: http://dtc.ucsf.edu/workshops-and-classes/

The ZSFG Endocrine Clinic Patient Education Classes

The Diabetes Youth & Families (DYF): http://www.dyf.org/volunteer-paid-opportunities/volunteer-opportunities/

See Spanish Language Family Camp (video) as an example of student and faculty work.


Maureen McGrath, MSN, PNP, BC-ADM
Department of Family Health Care Nursing
UCSF School of Nursing
2 Koret Way, N-411Y, Box 0606
San Francisco CA
Telephone: 415-502-3203
Fax: 415-753-2161
Email: Maureen.McGrath@ucsf.edu
UCSF Madison Clinic for
Pediatric Diabetes

    — madisonclinic.ucsf.edu
J. K. Schreyer Diabetes Care Center
    — diabetes.ucsf.edu/adult-care
UCSF Diabetes Teaching Center
    — dtc.ucsf.edu
UCSF Diabetes Center
    — diabetes.ucsf.edu