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Re-examination Policies


Part I – Biomedical Science Examination

If you do not pass either or both of the two general exam areas (Structure/Function or Disease/Dysfunction), you will be required to retake the entire Part I – Biomedical Science Examination1.


If you graduated more than five (5) years ago, contact NABNE regarding additional eligibility requirements.


Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination

If you do not pass any of the four general exam areas (Diagnosis, Materia Medica, Other Modalities, and Medical Interventions), you will be required to retake the entire Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination.

If you do not take and pass the NPLEX Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination within ten (10) years of passing the NPLEX Part I – Basic Science Series or 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. If this applies to you, please contact NABNE regarding additional eligibility requirements.


Part II – Clinical Elective Examinations in Acupuncture, Minor Surgery, and/or Elective Pharmacology

Once you have taken the Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination, you may retake any Part II – Clinical Elective Examination(s) during any subsequent NPLEX exam administration. You will not be required to retake a Part II – Clinical Elective Examination you have previously passed, regardless of whether or not you are required to retake the Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination.