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Eligibility Requirements

NPLEX Part I – Biomedical Science Examination

You are eligible to take the NPLEX Part I – Biomedical Science Examination if:

You have met the biomedical science coursework requirement at an approved naturopathic medical program (ANMP), (i.e., when you have completed anatomy, physiology, biochemistry & genetics, microbiology & immunology, and pathology, and all required labs)

AND

You are currently enrolled in1 or have graduated within the last five (5) years2 from an ANMP.


1 If you are on an approved leave of absence from an ANMP, you may, under certain circumstances, still be eligible to take the NPLEX Part I – Biomedical Science Examination. If this applies to you, contact NABNE.
2 If you graduated more than five (5) years ago, contact NABNE regarding additional eligibility requirements.

 


NPLEX Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination

You are eligible to take the NPLEX Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination if:

You have graduated from an approved naturopathic medical program (ANMP) within the past five (5) years1

AND

You have met the biomedical science examination requirement within the past ten (10) years2 because:

You have passed either the NPLEX Part I – Basic Science Exam Series or the NPLEX Part I – Biomedical Science Examination.

You should contact the regulatory authority in the jurisdiction in which you intend to practice to determine which NPLEX Examinations you are required to pass to become eligible to apply for licensure/registration.


1 If you graduated more than five (5) years ago, contact NABNE regarding additional eligibility requirements.
2 If you have not taken and passed the NPLEX Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination within ten (10) years of having passed the NPLEX Part I – Basic Science Exam Series or NPLEX Part I – Biomedical Science Examination, you will be required to retake and pass the Part I – Biomedical Science Examination before you will be allowed to take or retake the Part II – Clinical Science Examinations(s). If this applies to you, contact NABNE regarding additional eligibility requirements.

 


NPLEX Part II – Clinical Elective Minor Surgery Examination

You are eligible to take the NPLEX Part II – Clinical Elective Minor Surgery Examination if:

You have met the eligibility requirements for the NPLEX Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination

AND

You have already taken or will be taking the NPLEX Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination during the same NPLEX administration

OR

You have previously passed the NPLEX Part II – Core Clinical Science Series.


NPLEX Part II – Clinical Elective Acupuncture Examination

You are eligible to take the NPLEX Part II – Clinical Elective Acupuncture Examination if:

You have met the eligibility requirements for the NPLEX Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination

AND

You have already taken or will be taking the NPLEX Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination during the same NPLEX administration

OR

You have previously passed the NPLEX Part II – Core Clinical Science Series

AND

You have met one of the following criteria:

You have graduated from an ANMP that requires at least 220 hours of didactic training in acupuncture, and have completed at least 30 hours of clinical training

OR

You have completed at least 220 hours of didactic training and at least 30 hours of clinical training in acupuncture from an ACCOM/CCAOM/equivalent-accredited institution, and have submitted to NABNE:

A transcript from the institution verifying the hours of training in acupuncture you have completed

AND

A letter from a regulatory authority stating that the training in acupuncture you have completed meets jurisdictional eligibility requirements for licensure/registration.


For N.D.s Licensed/Registered Prior to 1986

Some naturopathic physicians graduated from schools and were licensed/registered before NPLEX and the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) were in existence. Consequently, they have never taken the NPLEX Examinations. Because these N.D.s are not eligible to take the NPLEX Examinations in accordance with normal NABNE policies, the NABNE Board has established a procedure whereby it may make an exception and allow an N.D. who received era-appropriate education to take the NPLEX Examinations. Both the applicant and the school must meet certain criteria before the N.D. will be allowed to take the NPLEX Examinations.

To be eligible to take the NPLEX Examinations under the EAE policy, you must:

Have a diploma from a four-year, in-resident naturopathic medical school or program that is currently accredited by the CNME (verified by a notarized copy of diploma);

AND

Have taken graduate-level biomedical science coursework, such as biomedical science coursework in any post-baccalaureate program, at either a master’s or doctoral level (verified by official transcript);

AND

Have received supervised experience/training in a clinical setting (verified by official transcript);

AND

Have passed state, provincial, or national board healthcare licensing examinations (verified by letter from a jurisdictional licensing/regulatory authority or scores from a national examining board);

AND

Be currently licensed in a recognized health profession that has educational and examination standards equal to those of naturopathic medicine (verified by a notarized copy of license);

AND

Have been practicing in a healthcare profession during a majority of the years since graduation (verified by CV and a notarized statement from a professional in the healthcare field);

AND

Have a state naturopathic licensing board verify that you will be eligible for licensure in that state if you pass the NPLEX Examinations.

If you have not passed the Biomedical Science Examination, the NABNE Board will determine if you must pass the NPLEX Part I – Biomedical Science Examination before you will be eligible to apply for and take the NPLEX Part II – Clinical Science Examinations.

You can request an Application to Take NPLEX Examinations Based on “ERA Appropriate Education”, by contacting NABNE.


Graduates of Foreign Naturopathic Medical Schools

NABNE does not evaluate the educational equivalency of foreign naturopathic programs.

If you have graduated from a foreign naturopathic medical program, you should contact one of the CNME-approved naturopathic medical education programs to explore the possibility of receiving advanced standing.

For more information, contact the American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC).