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National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists

Certification Examination for Physician Nutrition Specialists 
NBPNS Maintenance of Certification
Physician Nutrition Specialist Recertification Program
NBPNS Website
Certification Examination for Physician Nutrition Specialists
Application Deadline
Examination Date  
12/20/2017 1/23/2018
Paper/Pencil Examination
(ASPEN conference, Las Vegas, NV Only)
4/16/2018 5/19/2018 - 6/2/2018
10/1/2018 11/3/2018 - 11/17/2018
To be eligible to take the NBPNS exam, a candidate must meet three requirements:
  1. Current licensure to practice medicine in the U.S., or the equivalent in other countries. All candidates for certification and recertification must be licensed to practice medicine in the country in which they reside.

  2. ABMS Board certification or the equivalent outside the U.S.

  3. Demonstrated expertise in nutrition defined by one or more of the following: *

    1. Mentored training in clinical nutrition (requires letter of recommendation from mentor).

    2. Dedicated service on a hospital Multidisciplinary Nutrition Team (requires letter of recommendation from hospital chief of staff or physician head of department).

    3. Performance of research with publications in nutrition (provide documentation on curriculum vitae).

    4. Teaching position involving nutrition at an academic medical center (requires letter of recommendation from department chairman).

    5. Committee membership and/or leadership role in a national nutrition society (provide documentation on curriculum vitae).

    6. Completion of a minimum of 150 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) devoted to clinical nutrition (provide CME documentation).

    7. Regional peer-recognized leadership role in nutrition (requires letter of recommendation from peer in community).

    Final acceptance of eligibility is subject to satisfactory review by the NBPNS Board.

    *Requirements for eligibility have been revised due to the fact that at the present time, positions for formal training in clinical nutrition are limited. Requirements will be re-evaluated on an annual basis, as increasing opportunities for training emerge in the future.

  4. Completion and filing of an Application for the Certification Examination for Physician Nutrition Specialists, including copies of the candidate’s current medical license and board certification.

  5. Payment of required fee.
Initial Certification $800.00
Recertification $450.00
Regional Testing Center(s)
It will be offered at PSI testing centers. Click here to search for the site nearest you.

NOTE: You will not be able to select a testing center on the PSI site prior to receiving confirmation that you are registered for a certification exam.
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Certification Examination for Physician Nutrition Specialists

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NBPNS Physician Nutrition Specialist (PNS)
Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
Information for Diplomates

MOC Guidelines: NBPNS-MOC-RecertificationGuidelines.pdf
MOC CME Credits Recording form: NBPNS_MOC_Application_CMEForm.pdf

Structure and Criteria
1. The NBPNS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Pogram is intended to allow NBPNS Diplomates to apply continuing medical education (CME) credits in lieu of a recertification exam.
2. The current approval permits only category 1 CME
3. The candidate must sign an attestation form that states that the all CME used for MOC is nutrition-specific.
4. At least 50% of CME credits must come from one of our member organizations (see below). The remainder may be from any other accredited category 1 CME provider.
5. Board Approved criteria for those with current NBPNS credentials: 75 category 1, nutrition specific CME credits / 5 years.
6. Board Approved criteria for those with lapsed NBPNS credentials: 100 75 category 1, nutrition specific CME credits / 5 years

Sources of Nutrition-Related CME:
1. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
2. American College of Nutrition (ACN)
3. American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
4. American Society for Nutrition (ASN)
5. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN)
6. The Obesity Society (TOS)
7. Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS)
8. Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
Online Application
NBPNS PNS MOC online application
Recertification $395.00
Recertification (Expired) $495.00

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