QoW Aug 18 | CDCES vs BC-ADM. What’s the difference?

What best describes the difference between a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) and a person Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM)?

  1. BC-ADMs are responsible for increased complexity in decision making.
  2. A bachelor’s degree or higher is required to obtain a CDCES.
  3. The main difference is that BC-ADM’s prescribe medications based on the diagnosis.
  4. With an advanced degree, BC-ADM’s are qualified to set up an independent practice.

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Preparing for the BC-ADM Exam |
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Join us Aug 20, 2020 @ 11:30 – 12:40 p.m. PST

Many of you are curious about the steps involved in becoming a BC-ADM. Thank you for reaching out to us with your questions about eligibility and study strategies. Coach Beverly will be providing answers to your questions interwoven with her own journey to achieve her Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM).

Becoming Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM) is an excellent professional goal for diabetes specialists with an advanced degree in their field and a professional license as an advanced practice nurse, registered dietitian, or registered pharmacist or provider.

The person holding the BC-ADM credential skillfully manages complex patient needs and assists patients with their therapeutic problem-solving. Within their scope of practice, healthcare professionals who hold the BC-ADM certification:

  • Adjust medications
  • Treat and monitor acute and chronic complications and other comorbidities
  • Counsel patients on lifestyle modifications
  • Address psychosocial issues
  • Participate in research and mentoring

The scope of advanced diabetes practice includes clinical management skills such as medication adjustment, medical nutrition therapy, exercise planning, counseling for behavior management, and psycho-social issues. There is a focus on research, national standards, medical management of diabetes, and co-conditions, with a person-centered care approach.


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AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Mindful Monday | Passing the BC-ADM

The BC-ADM certification is an ever-growing field in diabetes care. It’s an advanced certification which validates a health care professional’s knowledge of advanced clinical practice and diabetes skills. This certification verifies a health care professionals expert ability to adjust medications, identify, treat and monitor acute and chronic complications, and more!

Find out more about the BC-ADM on February 17 for Free:

Join Coach Beverly as she reviews test taking strategies, study tips, and eligibility requirements of the BC-ADM in this FREE webinar.

Preparing for the BC-ADM Webinar airs February 17 @ 11:30 a.m. PST


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