Level 4 | Adv Practice & BC-ADM Resources

You have been working in the field of diabetes and have accumulated an abundance of knowledge and advanced level skills!  Welcome to this page.

We hope you find the resources below helpful in your clinical practice. They include information on the Board Certification for Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM) Exam, resources, study and educational tools, online courses and recommended articles and books.

If you are interested in attending a Live Course, we recommend our Diabetes Educator Course with Advanced Practice Workshop, If you aren’t able to attend our live courses, we invite you to take advantage of our Level 4 online courses.  Thank you.

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Board Certification – Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM): Download the BC-ADM Handbook for complete information about eligibility. This document provides the complete and official listing of all of the requirements for the BC-ADM. Instructions on how to apply, study resources and the application are also included.

BC-ADM Summary Report – Published 4/24/12  – Includes more details on exam. A must read for anyone ready to take the BC-ADM Exam

Sign up for our FREE Webinar: Preparing to Become BC-ADM or watch a recorded webinar on Preparing to Become a BC-ADM now. Just click to view!  

This webinar reviews BC-ADM exam eligibility requirements, the exam format and study strategies. Beverly also provide test taking tips, sample test questions and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers. This webinar is highly recommended for anyone considering taking the BC-ADM Exam. This course does not qualify for CE Credit, but it does provide lots of great info. It’s easy and free. We hope you can join us!

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Recommended Articles and Books

* ADA-Standards of Care PDF 2016- This yearly publication by the American Diabetes Association outlines the goals of care for diabetes management. Since it is evidenced based, it includes a useful summary of the trials and research that the goals are based on. A must read if you are entering the diabetes field or preparing to take the CDCES® or BC-ADM Exam.

§ AACE Comprehensive Diabetes Management Algorithm 2016. A slide set summary of the ACE/AACE Statement by an American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology Consensus Panel on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.  Encourage all those planning to take CDCES® exam to review this info carefully.

§ AACE – CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR DEVELOPING A DIABETES MELLITUS COMPREHENSIVE CARE PLAN – 2016 A comprehensive care plan for people with diabetes, published by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology.

* 2016 ADA Primary Care Abridged Standards Of Care 2016- A summary of key points and updates in the yearly publication by the American Diabetes Association.

*Screening and Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus 2016 – One page cheat sheet that summarizes screening, risk status and diagnostic criteria for diabetes.

Management of Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes – 2015 Update – A Patient Centered Approach »This hyperglycemia roadmap was developed in collaboration by the American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. An excellent review of the importance of creating an individualized approach to manage hyperglycemia. Includes data on how education, MNT, exercise AND diabetes pharmacologic therapy are important tools in lowering and maintaining glucose levels. Published in Diabetes Care, Jan 2015

The Art and Science of Diabetes Self Management Education » A core knowledge publication of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.The Art & Science is the must-have resource for all diabetes educators. Written by practicing diabetes educators for diabetes educators, the Art & Science provides the core knowledge and essential strategies and skills all educators need to facilitate behavior change in persons with diabetes.

ADA 2013 Nutrition Therapy Recommendations for Adults with Diabetes – Guidelines »

Complete Nurses Guide to Diabetes Care. 2nd edition – Book (2009) » Childs, B. (editor). Alexandria VA:American Diabetes Association.  An excellent reference for all health care professionals providing advanced level diabetes care and treatment.

Banting Lecture– Dr. Ralph Defronzo (2009) » From the triumvirate to the ominous octet: a new paradigm for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Diabetes. 58(4):773‐795.

Diabetes treatment: Insulin and incretins » Fowler, M. (2010). Clinical Diabetes, 28 (4), 177‐182. Review of the latest research and clinical applications of these injectables.

International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups » (2010). International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups recommendations on the diagnosis and classification of hyperglycemia in pregnancy. Diabetes Care, 33, 676–682.

Medical Management of Type 1 Diabetes- Book » (6th ed.) Kaufman, F. (2010).Alexandria VA: American Diabetes Association.

Medical Management of Type 2 Diabetes- Book » (7th ed.) Kaufman, F. (2011).Alexandria VA: American Diabetes Association.

Chapter on Diabetes Mellitus and Metabolic Syndrome »
by Beverly Thomassian, excerpted from Cardiac Nursing, 6th Edition, by Woods, Motzer, Froelicher and Bridges, 2009. Overall, this chapter provides a comprehensive review of diabetes pathophysiology, heart disease, prevention and treatment strategies from a global perspective.

Medication Summary Sheets and Study Tools – Provides a complete summary of the class, action, dosing ranges, considerations and side effects. Helpful for your clinical practice and as a study tool.

Therapy for Diabetes Mellitus and Related Disorders, (5th ed.) Book » Lebovitz, H.E. (2009) Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association.

2015 – Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support » A joint position statement of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. An important document to review for those providing Diabetes Self-Management Education or those considering take the certification exam.

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