To be eligible to take the NBPNS exam, a candidate must meet three
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
ABMS Board certification or the equivalent outside the U.S.
Demonstrated expertise in nutrition defined by one or more of the
Mentored training in clinical nutrition (requires letter of
recommendation from mentor).
Dedicated service on a hospital Multidisciplinary Nutrition Team
(requires letter of recommendation from hospital chief of staff or
physician head of department).
Performance of research with publications in nutrition (provide
documentation on curriculum vitae).
Teaching position involving nutrition at an academic medical center
(requires letter of recommendation from department chairman).
Committee membership and/or leadership role in a national
nutrition society (provide documentation on curriculum vitae).
Completion of a minimum of 150 hours of Continuing Medical
Education (CME) devoted to clinical nutrition (provide CME
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
*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.
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.
Structure and Criteria
1. The NBPNS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Pogram is intended to allow NBPNS diplomats 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