Because we are currently living with unprecedented uncertainty due to COVID-19, it is impossible to know what the situation will be like in August. NABNE is moving forward on the assumption that it will be possible to administer the NPLEX Examinations as planned on August 4-7, 2020. Circumstances continue to change rapidly, however, and the exam administration might need to be postponed in order to comply with evolving public safety requirements. NABNE will continue to monitor developments of the COVID-19 crisis and will update the website regarding the August 2020 NPLEX exam administration if changes must be made. In any event, by July 15, 2020, NABNE will determine if the August 2020 test administration will proceed as scheduled at all test sites.
The AANMC and the CNME have allowed students to access alternative pathways to completing graduation requirements, allowing students to take the NPLEX Examinations on the dates in August that were set originally. The NABNE Board recognizes that, with disruptions to class schedules, some students might not meet all requirements for graduation before the NPLEX administration in August 2020. If, in March 2020, you were on a path to graduate in the summer of 2020 but you do not expect to complete all requirements for graduation before August, NABNE will allow you to take the examination(s) in August 2020. By July 15, 2020, NABNE must receive a letter of pre-verification from your school, indicating that you will complete all requirements by September 30, 2020. Your exam results will not be released until NABNE receives confirmation from your school that you have completed all requirements for graduation.
NABNE recommends that you register to take the August 2020 NPLEX Examination(s) early in the application period, preferably within the first week of May. NABNE will do it’s best to ensure that everyone who is registered will be given a seat at the test site. If, however, the COVID-19 situation takes an unexpected turn and NABNE has to limit the number of examinees at any test site, the first examinees to have registered will be given top-priority for seating.
In order to maximize the number of seats available at testing sites, NABNE is exploring alternate venues for holding the exam administration. More information will be posted on the website when it becomes available. Because NABNE must comply with restrictions due to COVID-19, examinees might experience minor inconveniences in the testing process. NABNE is taking reasonable measures to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19. When you apply to take the NPLEX in August 2020, you must acknowledge and accept that, even with the precautions NABNE has taken to minimize risk of transmission of COVID-19, there will still be some risk. Your patience and understanding are deeply appreciated as we navigate this challenging time together.
To address some of the challenges that have occurred in light of the COVID-19 situation, NABNE has temporarily revised some of it’s policies. Please note that some of the policies describes in the Bulletin will be in effect ONLY through the August 2020 administration of the NPLEX.
Continue to check the NABNE website for updates pertaining to the August 2020 NPLEX exam administration.
FAQs About The NPLEX & COVID-19
Are contingency plans being made to administer the NPLEX if it can’t be administered in August?
If the situation is such that NABNE cannot legally or practically administer the NPLEX in August, consideration will be given to postponing the exam administration until September, or such time as it will be possible.
Will NABNE be administering the NPLEX online?
No. NABNE will not be administering the NPLEX online. NABNE intends to administer the examinations, as social/physical distancing requirements permit, at pre-determined NABNE test sites.
Will I be able to take my examination(s) at a NABNE test site that is not in the same city as my school?
Yes, you can take the examinations at any NABNE test site. You must, however, indicate the site at which you plan to take the examinations when your register in May to take the examinations.
How do I fill out my Part II application if I don’t know the jurisdiction in which I’ll be practicing?
If you do not know where you would like to practice, you can select NONE in the section of the Part II application that asks to which regulatory authority you would like to have the report of your August 2020 NPLEX Part II exam results sent. Consequently, those exam results will not be sent to any regulatory authority. After the results from the August 2020 examinations become available and when you know where you would like to practice, you can submit your request and US$25 fee to have a complete transcript that includes both your NPLEX Part I and Part II results sent to the regulatory authority of your choice.
Will I be able to change my test site after I have registered to take the NPLEX in May?
No. Assuming that we will be able to seat only a limited number of people in compliance with social/physical distancing requirements, we will not be able to transfer seats to other test sites after you submit your application to take the NPLEX in August.
Will NABNE schedule alternate test sites for those who cannot travel to one of the regular NABNE test sites?
No. Although NABNE has, in the past, arranged alternative test sites for 10 or more examinees, the current situation will not make this possible at this time.
When will we know for sure that the NPLEX will be administered in August?
NABNE is operating on the assumption that if the NPLEX can be administered with appropriate precautions (social/physical distancing, wearing of face masks, etc.) NABNE will be able to administer the examinations in August. If, however, there continue to be government prohibitions against gatherings of people, NABNE will have to abide by the limitation set by those restrictions. We cannot say when current prohibitions will be lifted, but if restrictions are still in plance in the cities where NABNE test sites are located, the NABNE Board will make a decision by mid-July.
Is NABNE collaborating with other organizations in medical education and licensing to discuss potential solutions for examinees?
One of NABNE’s Board members is also a member of the AANMC, so the channel between NABNE and the schools is open. NABNE staff are also staff for the FNMRA (Federation of Naturopathic Medicine Regulatory Authorities), so NABNE is closely connected to the issues of the licensing agencies.
Will I be able to take the NPLEX Part II Examinations if I’m not able to complete my graduation requirements before the exam date?
The NABNE Board recognizes that, with disruptions to class schedules, some students might be wondering whether they will be graduating in time to apply for the August exam administration. NABNE is working with the AANMC and the CNME to find a alternative pathways to completion of graduation requirements which will allow students to take the NPLEX Examinations in August.
NABNE recognizes, however, that some students still might not have met all requirements by the time the school must verify graduation, and has established a COVID policy that will be in place for the August 2020 administration of the NPLEX ONLY:
If, before March 2020, you were on track to graduate in the summer of 2020 (verified by a letter from your registrar), you will be allowed to take the examinations. Your exam results, however, will not be released until your school has verified, no later than September 30, 2020, that you have completed all requirements for graduation.
Will I be refunded if I’ve applied and don’t get a seat at the test site?
If you apply and are eligible to sit for the examination, but NABNE has to limit the number of examinees due to governmental restrictions, you will be given a full refund.
What will NABNE do to keep us safe during the exam administration?
All examinees will be required to bring a face mask and wear it at all times once they have entered the test site. NABNE will have a limited number of these masks available, however, and will provide hand sanitizer at the site. Examinees must have their temperature taken prior to being admitted to take the examinations. If an examinee has a temperature of 100.4°F (38° C), s/he will not be allowed to take the examination(s). Assuming that social/physical distancing guidelines will still be in effect, NABNE will ensure that examinees are placed 6 feet apart. Contact with proctors (e.g., exam booklet exchange) will be minimized to the extent possible. Testing rooms and restrooms will be deep cleaned prior to each exam day and cleaned at regular intervals during the exam administration. NABNE is in the process of identifying other measures and policies to ensure participants safety.