Thank you for your patience as we navigate the constraints imposed by COVID-19. We have been working 7 days a week to make all the arrangements to safely administer the NPLEX examinations as scheduled.
July 27, 2020, NABNE is scheduled to administer the examinations in AZ, BC, CA, CT, IL, ON, OR, PR, and WA. In light of rapidly changing conditions and requirements in various states and provinces, we will provide updates if information changes.
Although NABNE had recently issued a statement requiring 14-day self-quarantine OR a negative COVID-19 test result for examinees who were traveling to the test site from other states/provinces, the NABNE Board has decided that these are not viable options for examinees at this point in time. Your safety, as well as that of other examinees and staff, is of utmost importance, and we are taking all reasonable precautions to that end. You have an obligation to do your part to protect your classmates (other examinees) and the NABNE proctors in this regard as well. Instead of requiring self-quarantine or negative COVID-19 test results, the Board is asking that every examinee make a commitment to follow COVID-prevention precautions (regarding the wearing of masks and observing 6-ft. (2-m.) social distancing whenever you are out in public) for the 14 days prior to and during the exam administration. You agree to stay at home if you are sick. This commitment will be validated by your signature on the NABNE Statement of Social Obligation. This document will be sent to you 2 weeks you in advance of the exam administration; you will be asked to sign it and bring it with you to the test site. In addition, you will be required to complete the NABNE Self-Health-Screening Form on the day before your first examination. You will need to bring this signed document with you to the test site on the day of your first examination.
Some states and provinces have specific jurisdictional requirements. If you are traveling from outside the state/province, you must determine what these requirements are and abide by them.
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 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.
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.
What will NABNE do to keep us safe during the exam administration?
NABNE has taken all reasonable precautions at all of its test sites to minimize exposure to COVID-19. Specifically,
Two weeks before the exam administration
- Informing examinees and testing personnel that they would be required to sign a Statement of Social Obligation, attesting to the fact that for the 14 days prior to the exam administration they have been following CDC COVID-19 prevention guidelines (i.e., wearing a mask when out in public, maintaining 6 ft (2 m) social distancing, washing or sanitizing their hands after each potential contagion contact).
The day before the exam administration
- Requiring that each examinee and all testing personnel conduct a self-health screening and complete the NABNE Self-Health-Screening Form, and stay home if s/he is sick.
The day(s) of the examination(s), at the test site
- Requiring that everyone wear a mask at all times while at the test site.
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.
- 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 gloves when handling testing materials, and allowing examinee use of gloves if desired (they must bring their own).
- Disinfecting high-touch surface areas throughout the day.
- Disinfecting bathrooms throughout the day.
- Disinfecting the testing rooms every evening.