CDE® Graduate Success Stories!

SuccesslogoOur Boot Campers and Course Attendees share their Success!

Success Rate! The majority of ours students go on to pass the exam. We celebrate their success and cheer our students on each step of the way. We know how much hard work and sacrifice goes into getting that passing score. Congratulations to every one of you!

If you have passed the CDE®* Exam, please send us your photo and a note. We would love to celebrate your achievement and serve as an encouragement to others! 


 Here are some of our CDE® Success Stories!

“OMG!!! I am SO happy and grateful and honored to be able to write this note to you today and to be able to say these words! This morning I went in and took the CDE exam in Hayward and I passed! It is so emotional! Tears flowing. THANK YOU!  Thank you for everything you do to make the world of becoming a CDE a friendlier and attainable place Beverly! I listened to you for the past few months non-stop, my brain was overflowing full when I walked into that room today— most helpful was the repetition and your calm, engaging, compassionate voice. I stood up in the Wonder Woman pose about half way through the test- I calmed my breathing- I looked for the BEST answer and basically just felt as ready as I could be.  All of those hours paid off.

Your courses are absolutely amazing!  Even more important (probably)- I learned SO much- I feel ready and set to use these skills to help people, more poised than ever before.

Thank you for being there and creating this platform! Anyone who follows this program can do it – it gives you tools, skills, confidence and underneath it all, I knew it would be ok even if I didn’t pass the first time- I knew I had learned so much more and would be able to do more, and I would have persevered- it gave me that, maybe strength.  I will always be grateful to all of you!! 

P.S. I also took Beverly’s advice to envision myself succeeding and created a vision board and in the center it had that title. So, yes, you played an incredible role in my passing the exam- so appreciative.”

– Erika Deshmukh, MS, RD, CDE


“Thanks so much to Beverly and her team for helping me to succeed on the CDE exam!  I had a baby 10 months ago, and wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to manage working, studying, and being a new mom.  Beverly’s program helped me streamline my studies, including coming up with a plan for focusing on the most important information.  Bev’s passion, knowledge, and excitement for the world of diabetes education is so evident in her teaching approach.  She presented the information in an easy to understand manner.  I loved all the poll questions and practice exams, which stimulated test day, and really helped me succeed.  Thanks so much for helping me to become a CDE!” 

-Christina Heiberg, RD, CDE




“My goal was to take (and pass) the CDE exam before I have my second child.  I wasn’t sure exactly where to start studying and then I found Beverly and her team!!  I purchased the Level 2 Beyond Fundamentals courses and took advantage of the MANY resources and tips she has on her website including the 10 steps to succeed at the CDE exam.  I received a medication and oral pocket card in the mail which was so helpful for studying and I also carry it around with me at work just in case I need to reference it.  I listened to the Level 2 programs at least 2 times each because the app makes it so easy to listen anytime (cooking dinner, cleaning the dishwasher, etc!).  The way Beverly presents the information in her webcasts is so easy to understand and retain that it made it very easy for me to study and learn.  I am proud to say I met my goal of taking and passing the exam with only 6 weeks to go until I deliver my 2nd child.  Thank you so much to Beverly and her team for sharing their knowledge and passion for diabetes education with the rest of us!!  I really do not think I would have had as much success without them!!!”

– Allison Johnson, RD, LD, CDE



unnamed“I had the privilege of enjoying the Deluxe boot camp series with 31 webcasts and various resources. I am very busy and did not have time to read that enormous book to it’s entirety. Listening to Beverly’s webcasts on my drives to and from work became my routine. I also enjoyed the CDE mobile app to review algorithms and the standards of care while in waiting rooms, on lunch break or being tied up by a train. Diabetes really hits home for me. My family, friends and community are no stranger to this disease and the potential complications. It is important to me to keep up with current research and practice. I had 3 short months to prepare for the exam and passed on my first try! I feel confident in my position and stronger as an educator.  I appreciate your time and effort dedicated to helping other educators succeed.”

– Camilla Barajas RN, BSN, CDE



“I am happy to finally say I am a Certified Diabetes Educator! This has been a dream of mine since my paspiressummerssion for diabetes education was sparked during my internship with a Diabetes Self-Management Education program several years ago. Beverly’s courses were so helpful in preparing for this difficult exam. I am proud to have taken these courses from someone equally as passionate about diabetes education. Thank you, Beverly, for all you do!:

-Summer Spires, MS, RD,




“I passed the CDE exam on June 11th, 2016! I can’t thank Beverly and her superstar webinars enough! I was overwhelmed with all of the content required for the exam and did not know where to start studying. Beverly’s Boot Camp classes consolidated all of the information for me to outline my study plan. I particularly liked her helpful tips along the way of what would most likely be on the exam and the best ways to approach questions. Beverly’s sincere nature put me at ease and helped me better focus for optimal results. Thank you, Beverly and Susan, for having a stellar program and for all of your undying support and motivation! Thank you also for the kind words about Registered Dietitian Nutritionists!!! That was particularly appreciated as I listened to the webinars.”

-Lisa Yarah, M.Ed., RDN, CDN, CDE®


“Beverly is an amazing coach! I’m happy to say that I passed my CDE® exam with great thanks to Beverly and her CDE® boot camp! She inspires me to be better at this profession! Her materials are so helpful for day in, day out practice! Everyone should be taking this course regardless if they have or have not taken the exam and work in this profession!”

-Ashley Farrell, RD, LDN, CDE®





“I am so glad that I am able to be part of your wonderful organization.  I am looking forward to working as a CDE® and am so thankful to everyone at Diabetes Ed University for helping me become a CDE®.”

-Susan Presler, RN, BSN, CDE®



“I recently passed the CDE® Exam and I have to say, Beverly’s Boot Camp really got me into shape!  Her resources, webinars and test taking strategies were really instrumental in my success.  I’m so glad I registered for her courses and passed the test!

˜Heather Cunningham, CDE®



“Thank you Beverly for all of your Diabetes Education Webinars. They are excellent tools to study for the CDE® exam. I passed!”

-Shelia Spann, PharmD, CDE®




“Beverly’s CDE® boot camp was so helpful in preparing me for the exam. I studied daily, made flash cards and watched the presentations. Being able to listen to the presentations via podcast when I was working out or commuting, further helped mold that info for me! Such a great help in getting me prepped! Thank you to Bev and her team!” 

-Jessica Shipley, MS, RD, CDE®




“I passed the CDE® exam on the first try on April 7, 2016!  I am so glad I found your webinars and Boot Camp classes online.  Your teaching style helped me understand and remember the information.  I will recommend your classes for anyone interested in becoming a CDE®.”

-Dianna Morrow, RN, CRRN, CDE®


“I  PASSED!!! I can’t thank you enough, Beverly for all your teaching, coaching, explaining, patience and understanding. Your course is fantastic and well worth the price.  I will continue to use the resources in my roll as CDE®.  I hope our paths cross one day so I can thank you in person.”

– Julie Overton, MS, RD, LD, CDE®



“I am so happy to finally have this credential, and owe so much to your CDE® Boot Camp webinar and study materials.  Without your guidance, I don’t know if I would’ve passed the first time. Thank you so much for your website and all of your help…Looking forward to learning more with you in the future.”

-Patti Trevathan, RN, BSN, BS, CDE®



I am very grateful to Beverly Thomassian, for putting together such a great CDE® review class online. The content was easy to understand, the format had an appealing style, and the instructor had a practical knowledge of the subject. Congratulations and thank you for the excellent delivery.

– Freddy Espinoza, FNP, CDE®



“No words can express how grateful I am that you share all your knowledge and expertise with those of us who want to be better diabetes educator.  I have been a dietitian for 27 years, and experienced the different treatment approaches over those years, but I wanted to update my diabetes skills.

I couldn’t have done it without you.  You are a star!  A superstar!

Thank you for all you do.”

– Josee Derrien, RDN CNSC, CDE®


“So happy that I took Level 3 boot camp to help me pass the CDE and I am looking forward to taking level 4 to pass the BC-ADM exam.”

– Lara Dandachi, CDE®



“This is a photo of me and my son on a trip to NYC.  I treated myself as a reward for passing my CDE® in November 2015 (my first attempt). Overwhelmed by the thought of trying to focus my study, I purchased your Levels 1 and 2 classes and Bootcamp and they were perfect for learning and preparing for the exam. You have a wonderful way of explaining things and making some difficult concepts easier to understand. And you focused in on exactly what needed to be studied. I also really appreciated the podcast so I could listen on my way to and from work. It was a lot of studying and the test was difficult, but I couldn’t have been better prepared. I could almost hear your voice on some of the questions! I would recommend your courses to anyone who wants to learn more about diabetes or to take the exam. Thank you so much for your program and for sharing your enthusiasm and passion for diabetic education! I would love to meet you in person someday!!”

– Candy Miller BSN, RN, CDE®


“I wanted to thank you for your online CDE Review! I passed my CDE® exam the first time after having used your courses.  Although I really wanted to come to Carmel for the in person class, I did enjoy the flexibility of the online version. I just didn’t get a nice tan while taking it here in NJ! I will recommend your classes to others looking for a good solid review!”

– Carol Dolan, BSN, RN, CDE®



“I am very excited to say that I took my CDE® exam in December and passFeharTored!!!! It was not an easy exam for sure. I took Beverly’s Level 3 Boot Camp online courses.  I also reviewed ADA’s 2015 Standards of Care as per Beverly’s advice. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to take CDE® exam in the future. Thank you very much Beverly Thomassian and your team for all the help and support in this journey.”
– Ferhan Tor MSN, RN, CDE®.



“I just wanted to say KatieOrtthank you for taking the test as many times as you have, and providing such a wonderful education tool for all of us desiring to be CDE’s!  The Bootcamp series was my saving grace for sure.  I took and passed the test in November and I know I couldn’t have done without your resources!”

– Katie Pegram, RD, LDN, CDE®



“I am so excited that I passed my CDE® exam!!!  I took my test two days before Christmas.  It was a great Christmas Gift! I attended your live course in San Diego this past September!! I also took several of the online courses on the Online University!! I know without a doubt I would not have passed with out all your help. I remember meeting Beverly and other members of the team who were are so helpful and friendly. I will certainly recommend your classes to anyone looking to gain more knowledge in diabetes or interested in becoming  a CDE®! I am so ready to continue this journey providing care and educating our patients!!”

– Nykkia Sellers, FNP-BC, CDE®


“I can’t thank you all enough.  Your program was wonderful.  It was interesting and I enjoyed it very much.  I reviewed the programs I was weak on and studied the references you listed.  I passed the first time!  I really appreciate all you do and I encourage everyone in my office to use your website for further education.”

– Kelly Tarpley, CDE®



“Thank you for your support!  Your Boot Camp and webinars were invaluable.  I feel like I would not have passed without your help.  I realize I am not an island and it will take a collective effort to help our community.”

– Allison Boyd, CDE®

“Thank you to Beverly and her incredible team for all of your help, encouragement and amazing information relating to my CDE® exam prep.  I couldn’t have done it without all of you.  I will continue to recommend your services without a doubt!”
– Nicole Britvan, CDE®

“I just wanted to send you a big THANK YOU!  I passed my CDE® this morning and I could not have done it without your wonderful Diabetes Education courses.  I have been an RN for about 5 years. Passing today was one of my proudest achievements!”
– Sharon Gold, RN, CDE®

Beth Herrera
“I recently finished your Boot Camp 8 week course.  I wanted to let you know that I passed the test!!!  I want to thank both of you for your help.  I am looking forward to an engaging career as a certified school nurse and certified diabetes educator.  I hope to work with individuals with diabetes in many other medical facilities.  It truly was a difficult exam, but your team paved the way to give me confidence and perseverance to plow through the 200 questions.  Again, thank you!!!”
– Beth Herrera, RN, CSN, CDE®

“Beverly’s Diabetes Boot Camp online class was comprehensive and detailed. I felt like her class prepared me to take the CDE® exam and passed! I want to thank Beverly and her team for their help! You run a wonderful program and I am so glad I used your materials to study!”
– Leah Groppo, RD, CDE®, Dietitian

HamelMark“I passed!  As someone coming from the Unique Qualification pathway with a Master of Public Health degree, I can attest that it is possible to become a CDE®.  We need more people dedicated to helping people with diabetes who have worked hard to prepare for the test. Study hard for the test and focus on continual learning that can help the patients you have the opportunity to help.”

– Mark Harmel, MPH, CDE®




“Yesterday, I realized my dream of becoming a CDE® by passing the exam on my first attempt! I believe your CDE® Bootcamp courses helped me tremendously in my preparation. Thank you for being such a reliable source.  I will definitely refer back to the information I learned from your courses as I continue to develop as an educator.  As a side benefit, I think my kids also benefited from observing me studying hard and working passionately in my chosen career!”

– Theresa Kim, RN, BSN, CDE®



“This is a picture of me and my oldest daughter Emma.  She was RocafortLindamy inspiration for wanting to learn more about diabetes care.  When I was pregnant with Emma, I found out I had developed gestational diabetes.  Since then, we welcomed our second daughter, Harper in April 2014.  Having worked through diabetes with both of my pregnancies has given me a different perspective as a clinician.  I credit this awareness for inspiring me to learn more about diabetes care and becoming an advocate for diabetes education; which is why earning my CDE® credential was so meaningful to me. Thank you for helping me reach this goal!”

– Linda Rocafort, MPH, RDN, LD/N, CDE®



“This email is long overdue.  I do not know how to thank you and your team enough for all the information and knowledge I received while attending the CDE® Review Course in Carmel. It was so much fun and Carmel was beautiful! I learned a lot while meeting and networking with other diabetes educators.  With the knowledge and information you and your wonderful staff gave to me, I was able to PASS the CDE® exam on June 12, 2015 with confidence! There was not one thing on the exam that you did not mention during the CDE® Review Course. Thank you so much for your help and encouragement!”

– Chanell Bradford, RN, BSN, CDE®

“I just wanted to say thank you to Beverly for your thorough webinars and helping me to be better prepared to take this challenging exam.  I purchased the CDE Prep Bundle (Level 1, 2, 3). These were of great value in addition to studying and reading.  I am finally able to do what I’ve always been passionate about, working as a CDE®!”
 – Helen McCoskey, RNC,CDE®

“So the journey begins….!  Passing the CDE® exam was HARD but it was SO worth it!  I’ve learned so much along the way that I’m already using to help educate & advocate for people with diabetes!  For me personally, I’ve always feared this disease because I have most of the risk factors.  But I can truly say being armed with education has helped me to take an active role in protecting my health and I hope to do the very same for every one I can.  Thanks to Diabetes Education Services for helping me achieve this amazing goal!”
– Pamela Udoetuk, RN, BSN, CDE®

“I passed the CDE® exam in May 2015! I purchased level 1+2+CDE® boot camp. The courses really helped me focus my study and feel more confident on the exam. The exam was challenging and covered a lot of material. Everyone taking the exam should listen to Beverly and read all the materials that she suggests on her reading list to focus on their studies. Beverly has such a calm voice. When I listened to her during the courses, she really helped reduce my stress level.”
– Vy Wu, PharmD, CDE®, CGP, CCP

“I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate all of the information that your Boot Camp gave me in preparation for the exam.  Your associate Susan was wonderful in assisting me with any difficulties I experienced.  As of May 9, I am officially a CDE®!  Thank you so much and I will continue to use your services for future CEU’s and webinars.  I have also spread your good name to my co-worker who is hoping to take the exam in the winter window.”
 – Stephanie Bazydlo, RD, CDE®

“Hi Diabetes Services Team! I took my CDE® exam last weekend and PASSED! Your review course at Carmel earlier this year was vital in my preparation for this exam. I wouldn’t have learned pattern management without your help, Beverly! Eternally grateful for the whole course and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to pass the exam!”
– Loren Whyte, CDE®

“Just wanted to let you know that I studied using your diabetes Boot Camp series this April (used your series exclusively), and I passed the CDE® exam on May 15!!!  It was my first time taking the exam. Thank you so much for your program. Your presentations were so enjoyable to listen to and, combined with all of the handouts, your Boot Camp series took the stress out of figuring out what I needed to focus on and made studying far less of a chore.  I look forward to utilizing my new credential and all of the great information I learned!
~Stefania Medvedik RD, RN, CDE®

“After attempting to study on my own, using The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management education Desk Reference, I decided to purchase the Deluxe Bundle and Boot Camp Webinar series.  This time I passed! Thank you so much for the support.”
– Paula Sisson RN LDE CDE®

“I passed my CDE® last November with the help of your webinars and resources. I used your oral medication pocketcard daily and referred to the notes I took from your webinars.  You have a great gift of teaching and you inspire me to educate my clients with the same passion you gave to “their Diabetes Educator.” Many Thanks and continued success in all your endeavors.”
– Jackie Traverso RN, MS, CCM, CDE®

“I attended your course in Carmel a few weeks ago to prepare me for my CDE® exam today.  I passed!  Thank you so much to you and the Diabetes Education team for your knowledge and guidance.  Your courses and resources really helped me in accomplishing my goal of becoming a CDE®!  I’m looking forward to my future as an educator! Thanks again for your help!”
– Molly Wagman, MS, RDN, CDE®

“Thank you so much for your thorough webinars.  I purchased the Level 1+2+Boot Camp bundle and needed every one of those webinars to build an understanding!  The exam was tough, but I felt 100% prepared and was able to pass the exam. Thank you for your encouragement and thoughtful demeanor along the way!”
– Meghan Ariagno, RD, LDN, CDE®

“I am writing to tell you that I passed the CDE® test on my first attempt!  Thank you!  I took every one of your bundle courses (level 1, level 2, and bootcamp) and I am so glad that I did.  The courses were comprehensive, and Beverly you truly inspired me.  The courses helped me to study for all topics on the test, without feeling overwhelmed.  The Power Points as well as the additional handouts were outstanding.  I carried the meds pocketcards with me to study on the go. I will absolutely recommend these courses to anyone preparing to take the CDE® exam, and I look forward to continuing to read your newsletters.  I am already putting the information I learned into good use as a dietitian, and now CDE®! Many thanks!”
– Laurel Shonerd MA, RD, CDE®

“I recently took my CDE® exam and passed!  I loved all the classes I took from Diabetes Education Services.  They were interesting and Beverly has a passion for Diabetes and the ability to make it easy to understand.  I know my advanced knowledge is helping my patients and colleagues who come to me with Diabetes questions.  I will continue to take classes from Diabetes Education Services because of the quality education they provide.  I don’t think I could have passed this exam without the training I received from Beverly!!”
– Sally Scrivner RN, CDE®


*Certified Diabetes Educator® and CDE® are registered marks owned by NCBDE. The use of DES products do not guarantee successful passage of the CDE® exam. NCBDE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDE® exam, except for those published by NCBDE.”

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