Preparing for BC-ADM Resource Page

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.

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.

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM is a working educator who has passed her CDCES Exam 6 times and first earned her BC-ADM credential 20 years ago. She is a nationally recognized diabetes expert for over 25 years.


Preparing for the BC-ADM Exam |
FREE Webinar

Can’t join us live?
Don’t worry, we will send you a link to the recorded version.

This free webinar will review BC-ADM requirements for the current year.

Coach Beverly will discuss:

  • exam eligibility and test format,
  • strategies to succeed
  • study tips and test-taking tactics.

She will also review sample test questions and reasoning behind choosing the right answers. We hope you can join us.

April 8, 2021 @ 11:30 – 12:40 p.m. PST


Studying for the BC-ADM?
Try one of our bundles!

Interested in diabetes certification, but not sure where to start? Find your Study Path and Tools that are right for you based on this quick survey.

BC-ADM Prep Bundle | Levels 2, 3, & 4 | 39+ CES

Beverly has custom designed this course bundle to prepare you for your BC-ADM Exam. Including Level 2 (Standards of Care Intensive), Level 3 (Boot Camp), and Level 4, you can start studying now with 29 On-Demand webinars and practice tests to build your diabetes education foundation and prepare for the BC-ADM Exam.


Ultimate Bundle | Levels 1 – 4 + Toolkits | 50+ CEs

The Ultimate Bundle includes Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 (Boot Camp), and Level 4, plus our Test Taking and Technology Toolkits.

You have immediate access to your courses, which lasts for 1 full year from your purchase date. Each individual online course includes: video presentations, podcasts, practice tests, and additional resources. We provide the full spectrum of information to help you feel confident in becoming a BC-ADM.


Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference | April 15-17, 2021 | 30+ CEs

The Virtual Conference airs live on April 15-17th. This program has 3 different expert speakers who review core concepts for the exam such as medications, technology, nutrition, comorbidities, and other topics. You can view the full schedule by clicking here.

This program also comes with bonus courses from Level 2 and our Test Taking Toolkit which includes over 220+ practice questions for exam simulation. If you can join live there is a Q&A session with each expert after every course or you can watch the recording on-demand after if you can’t make it live.

Live Seminars | Available Virtually in Spring in Sacramento and Fall in San Diego

Who should attend? Health care professionals interested in taking the CDCES or BC-ADM exam or those seeking a state of the art review of current diabetes care. We also invite those looking for hours to renew or apply for the CDCES or BC-ADM exam.

Whether you join in San Diego or Sacramento, this intensive 3-day seminar gives you the crash course you need to help you pass either certification exam.


What are the steps to become Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM)?

Step 1. Review the qualifications to achieve your BC-ADM

  • Visit the ADCES BC-ADM Certification page to review eligibility and to schedule your exam.
  • Download the BC-ADM Handbook for complete information about eligibility. This handbook published by the AADE 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.

Step 2. Sign up for our FREE Webinar – Preparing for the BC-ADM exam

  • This webinar reviews BC-ADM exam eligibility requirements (enroll at the top of this page), the exam format, and study strategies. Beverly also provides test-taking tips, sample test questions, and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers.

Step 3 – Increase knowledge of diabetes and co-morbidity management

  • Attend our Live DiabetesEd Specialist Course.  This course will provide you with critical information and clinical pearls for your practice.
  • Enroll in our Online University courses. If you can’t attend our live seminars, we invite you to enroll in our BC-ADM Prep Bundle or our Ultimate Bundle. Benefiting from our extensive library of on-demand diabetes presentations. And even if you do attend our live seminars, these online courses are an excellent review and reinforce key points.

ADA 2021 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes

This yearly publication by the American Diabetes Association outlines the goals of care for diabetes management. Since it is evidence-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.

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ADA Clinical Bundle

Published by the ADA, for educators and clinicians who want to explore diabetes treatment in-depth, along with gaining a better understanding of the co-morbidities that are often missed or undertreated. In addition, this set includes a handy pocket-sized foot exam chart and an intensive guide book on diabetes management.

All books are reviewed and published by the American Diabetes Association. This is an excellent bundle for those preparing to take the Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management Exam (BC-ADM).


Complete Nurses Guide to Diabetes Care

This guide provides nurses and health care professionals with key aspects of diabetes management, treatment, and risk reduction strategies.

An excellent resource for those planning to take Board Certification in Advanced DM Management Exam (BC-ADM) or for those interested in expanding knowledge of issues specific to women, children, and the elderly. Includes management for type 1, type 2, and more. 3rd Ed 2017, 550 pgs.


Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Desk Reference

The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education – 5th Edition

The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education, 5th Edition is a specialist’s one-volume, go-to resource for the core knowledge and skills for providing person-centered care and education to persons with diabetes and related chronic conditions.


Medication and Insulin PocketCards

Our four-sided medication accordion Pocketcards were designed by Coach Beverly Thomassian to assist in clinical practice and exam preparation. One of our best sellers, the Diabetes Medication PocketCard is perfect for all Diabetes Care and Education Specialists.


Recommended Articles (as excerpted from BC-ADM Exam handbook)

ADCES Recommended Reading List – includes helpful articles on statistics, quality improvement, and other reading suggestions.

ADA Standards of Care – This yearly publication by the American Diabetes Association outlines the national goals of care based on the latest research for diabetes management. This is one of the most important guidelines to read as a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

Purchase ADA Standards of Care 2021 Booklet

Screening and Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus 2021 – One-page cheat sheet that summarizes screening, risk status, and diagnostic criteria for diabetes. Great for your office and as a study tool.

Pharmacologic Approaches to Glycemic Treatment in 2021.  This hyperglycemia road map details strategies to achieve glucose control for both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Section 8 of Standards of Care, 2020

Med Cheat Sheets 2021 | Hypertension, Lipids, and Neuropathy These summary sheets are helpful for your clinical practice and preparing for exam success. Provides general concepts, (side effects and precautions) of these medications.

AACE Comprehensive Type 2 Diabetes Management Algorithm 2020 –  This link provides the complete executive and slide set summary by an American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology Consensus Panel on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. If you are taking the CDCES or BC-ADM exam, we encourage students to be familiar with the slide content that reviews diabetes management.

2017 National Standards for 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 taking the certification exam.

For a more complete listing of articles, please click here.