NABNE is moving forward on the assumption that it will administer the NPLEX Part II – Clinical Science Examinations as planned on August 3-6, 2021. The likelihood that the exam administration will need to be cancelled at any test site is very remote; however, circumstances continue to change rapidly and NABNE must comply with public safety requirements. NABNE will continue to monitor developments of the COVID-19 situation and will update the website regarding the August 2021 NPLEX exam administration if changes must be made. In any event, by July 26, 2021, NABNE will determine if the August 2021 test administration will proceed as scheduled at all test sites.

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 August 2021, even if they have not yet graduated, although they must complete all requirements for graduation by September 30, 2021.  Consequently, if you were on a path to graduate in the summer of 2021, you will be allowed to take the examinations in August 2021.  By July 15, 2021, NABNE must receive a letter of pre-verification from your school, indicating that you will complete all requirements by September 30, 2021.  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 September 30, 2021, the results from the examination(s) you take in August 2021 will be nullified.

NABNE requests that you register to take the August 2021 NPLEX examinations early in the application period, preferably within the first two weeks of May.

NABNE has made arrangements at its usual testing sites and is making back-up arrangements for alternate venues within the same locale, to ensure that the examinations can be administered as scheduled. More information will be posted on the website when it becomes available. Because NABNE must comply with restrictions due to COVID-19, examinees should expect to experience minor inconveniences in the testing process.

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 August 2021, 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 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 its policies. Please note, some of the policies described in both the website and Bulletin will be in effect only through the August 2021 administration of the NPLEX.

Continue to check the NABNE website for updates pertaining to the August 2021 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 May?

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 August 2021.

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 August 2021, even if they have not yet graduated, although they must complete all requirements for graduation by September 30, 2021.  Consequently, if you were on a path to graduate in the summer of 2021, you will be allowed to take the examinations in August 2021.  By July 15, 2021, NABNE must receive a letter of pre-verification from your school, indicating that you will complete all requirements by September 30, 2021.  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 September 30, 2021, the results from the examination(s) you take in August 2021 will be nullified.

What will NABNE do to keep us safe during the exam administration?

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 examinees agree that, for the 14 days prior to the exam administration, they will 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, washing or sanitizing their hands after each potential contagion contact].

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 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.
  • 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 the 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.