NABNE is actively monitoring COVID-19 concerns and public safety requirements for all test sites.  As COVID-19 continues to be a concern, NABNE’s first priority is the safety of examinees and staff who administer the examinations.  Because NABNE must comply with restrictions due to COVID-19, you should expect to experience minor inconveniences in the testing process.

Given the constraints imposed by COVID-19, the AANMC and the CNME have permitted students to access alternative pathways to completing graduation requirements.  NABNE is allowing students to take the NPLEX Examinations in February 2022, even if they have not yet graduated, although they must complete all requirements for graduation by March 31, 2022.  Consequently, if you were on a path to graduate in December 2021, you will be allowed to take the examinations in February 2022.

By January 13, 2021, NABNE must receive a letter of pre-verification from your school, indicating that you will complete all requirements by March 31, 2022.  Your exam results will not be released until NABNE receives confirmation from your school that you have completed all requirements for graduation.  If you do not complete all requirements for graduation by March 31, 2022, the results from the examination(s) you take in February 2022 will be nullified.

NABNE requests that you register to take the February 2022 NPLEX Examinations early in the application period, preferably within the first two weeks of November.

NABNE is taking reasonable measures to minimize the risk of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  When you apply to take the NPLEX in February 2022, you must acknowledge and accept that, even with the precautions NABNE has taken to minimize risk of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, there will still be some risk.  Your patience and understanding are deeply appreciated as we continue to navigate the constraints of this pandemic together.

To address some of the challenges that have occurred in light of the COVID-19 situation, NABNE has temporarily revised some of its policies for the February 2022 administration of the NPLEX.

Continue to check the NABNE website for updates pertaining to the February 2022 NPLEX exam administration.

FAQs About The NPLEX & COVID-19

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 change my test site after I have registered to take the NPLEX in November?

No. Due to the complexity of making adequate testing arrangements for everyone that comply with social/physical distancing requirements, you will not be allowed to transfer your seat to another test site after you submit your application to take the NPLEX in February 2022.

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?

Given the constraints imposed by COVID-19, the AANMC and the CNME have permitted students to access alternative pathways to completing graduation requirements.  NABNE is allowing students to take the NPLEX Examinations in February 2022, even if they have not yet graduated, although they must complete all requirements for graduation by March 31, 2022.  Consequently, if you were on a path to graduate in December 2021, you will be allowed to take the examinations in February 2022.

By January 13, 2021, NABNE must receive a letter of pre-verification from your school, indicating that you will complete all requirements by March 31, 2022.  Your exam results will not be released until NABNE receives confirmation from your school that you have completed all requirements for graduation.  If you do not complete all requirements for graduation by March 31, 2022, the results from the examination(s) you take in February 2022 will be nullified.

What NABNE is Doing to Keep Examinees Safe

NABNE is taking all reasonable precautions to minimize exposure to SARS-CoV-2 at all of its test sites.

At the time of application:

  • Requiring that, for the 14 days prior to the exam administration, examinees agree to follow current CDC/PHAC, government, and local COVID-19 prevention guidelines [i.e., wearing a mask when out in public, maintaining 6 ft. (2 m.) social distancing, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, washing or sanitizing their hands often].

Two weeks before the exam administration:

  • Sending examinees and testing personnel a Reminder of Social Obligation to follow current public health COVID-19 prevention guidelines for the 14 days prior to the exam administration, to which they agreed at the time of application.

The day before the exam administration:

  • Requiring that all examinees and all testing personnel conduct a self-health screening and complete the NABNE Self-Health Screening Form, and stay home if they are sick.

The day(s) of the examination(s), at the test site:

  • Requiring that everyone wear a mask (one that covers their nose and mouth, and fits snugly along the sides) at all times while at the test site, regardless of whether or not they are also wearing a face shield.
  • Requiring that all examinees and proctors submit to a thermal temperature check and brief health screening each day.
  • Requiring that examinees maintain 6 ft. (2 m.) social distancing (marked by tape) at all times while at the test site.
  • Providing hand sanitizer at multiple places in the testing areas.
  • Limiting the number of examinees/testing personnel in a room to 25-35 people.
  • Maintaining a seating chart to ensure that each examinee sits at the same spot every day of the exam administration, and to facilitate contact tracing if required by the jurisdiction.
  • Seating examinees at tables that are at least 6 ft. (2 m.) apart.
  • Limiting the contact examinees and testing personnel have with documents and testing materials.
  • Requiring testing personnel to wear disposable gloves and masks when handling testing materials (examinees must bring their own).
  • Disinfecting high-touch surface areas throughout the day.
  • Disinfecting bathrooms throughout the day.
  • Disinfecting testing rooms every evening.
  • Compiling contact information and seating charts that will assist contact tracers if an examinee subsequently tests positive for SARS-CoV-2.

NABNE COVID-19 Policy

NABNE has developed the following policies to protect examinees and staff at the test sites from transmission of SARS-CoV-2.  If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, have had symptoms of or have tested positive for COVID-19, please refer to the following policies to determine if you will be allowed admittance to the examination(s).

If you have had close contact1 with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will not be admitted to the NABNE test site, unless:

  • It has been 10 days since your last exposure, and you still have no symptoms.

OR

  • It has been 7 days since your last exposure, but you have received a negative PCR test result (test must occur on day 5 or later).

OR

  • You have had a negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR test within the 72 hours before your first examination (bring a copy of your test result to the NABNE test site).

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will not be admitted to the NABNE test site, unless:

  • It has been 10 days since your symptoms first appeared.

AND

  • You have been without a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher) for 48 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

AND

  • Your other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.2

       OR

  • You have had a negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR test within the 72 hours before your first examination (bring a copy of test result to the NABNE test site).

If you answer yes to any of the following questions on the day of the examinations, you will not be admitted to the NABNE test site.

  • In the past 48 hours have you had:
    • A fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher?
    • A new onset of cough or worsening chronic cough?
    • An unexplained shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
    • A sore throat, difficulty swallowing, or loss of smell or taste?
    • An unexplained fatigue, malaise, myalgia, or headache?

If any of the policies above prevent you from being admitted to the NABNE test site, you must notify NABNE within the 24 hours before your first examination by completing the Cancellation Form. You will be issued a refund of the Exam Fees(s) you paid with your application, minus a $50 Refund Processing Fee, within thirty (30) days of notice of cancellation.  The Application and Exam Administration Fee is non-refundable.


1 You have been less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

2 A loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​.