Board Certified-Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM®)
What is a BC-ADM?
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:
Treat and monitor acute and chronic complications and other comorbidities
Counsel patients on lifestyle modifications
Address psychosocial issues
Participate in research and mentoring
As of March 2020, the BC-ADM is on the list of accepted certifications for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.
| ||BC-ADM® |
|Eligible Professions || |
- Registered Nurse (includes NPs and CNSs)
- Registered Dietitian
|Experience || |
- 500 clinical practice hours in advanced diabetes management within 48 months prior to taking certification examination
|Other Requirements || |
- Advanced degree (master's degree or higher in relevant field)
Clinical hours must take place after relevant licensure and advanced degree have been obtained
|Exam Structure || |
- 175 multiple choice questions, including 25 pretest/unscored
- Time allowed: 3 hours and 30 minutes
|Major Exam Content Areas |
(# of Items / Area
- Assessment and Diagnosis (47)
- Planning and Intervention (48)
- Evaluation and Follow-up (37)
- Leadership and Advanced Professional Practice (18)
|Practice Exam || |
- Over 70 multiple choice questions available in two modes: practice and exam
- $39 ADCES Members
- $59 Nonmembers
|Initial Certification Fees || |
- $600 ADCES members
- $900 Nonmembers
|Exam Window || |
|Renewal Requirements || |
- Every 5 years
- $500 ADCES members
- $800 Nonmembers
- 1000 practice hours
- Professional development requirements: There are six categories, including Continuing Education Hours, Academic Credits, Presentations, Publications or Research, Preceptor, and Professional Service.
June Testing Window Update
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Resources for Remote Exam
All the information you need to apply for the exam, renew your certification and explore the exam outline.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the BC-ADM exam and certification for both first time applicants and those renewing.
BC-ADM certification renewal is required every 5 years.
Upon request, ADCES provides verification of candidates who hold the BC-ADM certification. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain verification.
Links to the practice exam and information on exam administration.
How the BC-ADM Made a Difference in My Career
Janice Baker, RD, CDE, BC-ADM has 33 years of practice. Hear why she became a BC-ADM and why attaining the credential made a big difference.