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Licensure Exam

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NCBPE_ExamApplication_2017.pdf342.54 KB
Cert. of Recommendation.pdf76.02 KB
Cert. of Recommendation-NC.pdf121.4 KB
Verification Form.pdf107.2 KB
Reciprocity memo information 2016.pdf86.67 KB
Exam Statistics 2001-present.pdf186.46 KB

All requests regarding licensure should be made in writing and sent to the following address:

NC Board of Podiatry Examiners
1500 Sunday Drive, Suite 102
Raleigh, NC 27607-5151

Contact us here or email verify@ncbpe.org

(For podiatrists from other jurisdictions seeking reciprocity, please see the "Reciprocity memo information 2016" document at right side of screen.)

Initial Licensure

Application for Licensure Deadlines:

The 2017 licensing exam will be given November 3-4, 2017, at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown, 304 N. Greene St., Greensboro, NC.

The Deadline for submitting the COMPLETED application with all supplemental materials received by the Board is 4:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, September 7, 2017. .

The following materials should be submitted:

  • Application
  • Fee of $350.00
  • Proof of an education equivalent to four (4) years of high school instruction is required (e.g. photocopy of diploma, GED, or letter from HS.)
  • Official Transcript of pre-podiatry college studies from “a college or university approved by the American Association of Colleges and Universities” showing a minimum of three (3) years of study sent directly from the institution. (Electronic transcripts may be emailed directly from the institution to verify@ncbpe.org.
  • Proof of Graduation from pre-podiatry college studies.A copy of the diploma or a letter from the school will suffice.
  • Official Transcript of Podiatry School studies sent directly from the institution. (Electronic transcripts may be emailed directly from the institution to verify@ncbpe.org.)
  • Proof of graduation from Podiatry School accredited by the Council of Podiatry Medical Education.A copy of the diploma or a letter from the school will suffice.
  • National Board Examination (APMLE) Grades (Parts I and II) sent directly from the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.
  • National Board of Examination (APMLE) Grades Part III (PM Lexis Scores) sent directly from the Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards or the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (not required for Temporary Military or Clinical Residency License applications).
  • Three (3) NOTARIZED Letters of Recommendation using the Certificate of Recommendation (for North Carolina notaries, there is a different format for Certificate of Recommendation):
  • A licensed Podiatrist;
  • A second licensed Podiatrist; and,
  • A third licensed Podiatrist or an MD
  • Verification of completion of a minimum of one-year clinical residency sent directly from the residency director of the hospital, medical center or surgery center. (Temporary Military/Clinical Residency License applications, a letter from your residency director stating that you are currently in a clinical residency and dates of such).
  • If applicable, verification of licensure in other state or territory sent directly from that state(s) and/or territory(ies).For podiatrists licensed in other states, please have the License Verification form completed by the other state(s) and submitted to the NC Board.
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  • (For those persons interested in a podiatry practice preceptorship, the American Academy of Podiatry Practice Management offers one--http://www.aappm.org/pmp.html--but this does not substitute for a clinical residency.)
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Examinations

The 2017 examination will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 3-4, 2017, in Greensboro, NC, at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown, 304 N. Greene St.. The exam is administered over a two-day period and consists of Oral and Written sections. Successful candidates of this exam are expected to attend a for a half-day, North Carolina-specific, practice- and ethics-training with test to receive licensure in conjunction with the 2018 NC Foot & Ankle Society's Winter Seminar (Wednesday, January 31, 2018).
It is highly recommended that an exam candidate use a National Board Review Course study manual or atttend a National Board Review Course to prepare for the North Carolina Exam.

The Pass-Fail ratios and other exam statistics are listed on the PDF to the right side.

The deadline for receipt of application, fee, and all documents for the 2017 exam is 4:00 p.m. (Eastern) September 7, 2017.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
 

Q. What should I study for the exam?
 
A. The Board members recommend taking a National Board Review Course. Organizations that provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) such as the William Goldfarb Foundation and The Podiatry Institute, as well as other nationally-known podiatric CME sponsors offer these.
 
Q. What is included in the exam?
 
The written exam on medical and scientific knowledge, given in November, is mostly multiple-choice, matching, and true-false. There are also some questions about the state’s Podiatry Practice Act, a copy of which is sent to each exam candidate when their participation in the exam is confirmed. (The statutes are also available from our web site.) Currently, the three written NC exam parts are given 200 points each and the 30-minute oral is worth a maximum of 400 points, for a total of 1000 points.
 
Content of first exam will be 30-minute oral and three, four-hour, written exams with medical/scientific subjects that may include the following subjects: anatomy, physiology, bacteriology, chemistry, dermatology, podiatry, surgery, materia medica, pharmacology and pathology. A second examination is based on state laws, rules, podiatry practice, ethics, and insurance coding.

Those who pass the medical and scientific exam in November will take the practice-and-ethics training and exam in late January when the actual licenses will be distributed to the successful candidates.

 
§ 90-202.6. Examinations; subjects; certificates.
(a) The Board of Podiatry Examiners shall hold at least one examination annually for the purpose of examining applicants under this Article. The examination shall be at such time and place as the Board may see fit. The Board may make such rules and regulations as it may deem necessary to conduct its examinations and meetings. It shall provide, preserve and keep a complete record of all its transactions. Examinations for registration under this Article shall be in the English language and shall be written, oral, or clinical, or a combination of written, oral or clinical, as the Board may determine, and may include the following subjects: anatomy, physiology, bacteriology, chemistry, dermatology, podiatry, surgery, materia medica, pharmacology and pathology. No applicant shall be granted a license certificate by the Board unless he obtains a general average of 75 or over, and not less than fifty percent (50%) in any one subject.
 

The Winter Practice- and Ethics-Exam consists of 25 questions, again multiple-choice and true-false, based on the materials covered in the three-hour training program immediately prior to the exam, covering North Carolina-specific laws, policies, practices, and insurance coding.

Scores are Pass/Fail. Average Pass/Fail rate varies by year. No applicant shall be granted a license certificate by the Board unless he obtains a general average of 75 or over, and not less than fifty percent (50%) in any one subject.  Please see Pass-Fail statistics.