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Licensure Exam

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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 2018-19" document at right side of screen.)

Initial Licensure

Application for Licensure Deadlines:

The 2019 licensing exam will be given November 8-9, 2019, at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown, 304 N. Greene St., Greensboro, NC.

The Deadline has been extended for submitting the COMPLETED application with all supplemental materials received by the Board is 4:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, September 19, 2019.

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.

On its application, the Board asks questions about a license applicant’s criminal history.  In addition to the questions on the applications, the Board may conduct a formal criminal or disciplinary history check.  Answering “yes” to any of these questions or having a conviction, disciplinary or adverse employment action is not automatically a basis for denial of licensure.
 
When an applicant has a criminal conviction, the Board will consider:
(1)       The level and seriousness of the crime.
(2)       The date of the crime.
(3)       The age of the person at the time of the crime.
(4)       The circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime, if known.
(5)       The nexus between the criminal conduct and the prospective duties of the applicant as a licensee.
(6)       The prison, jail, probation, parole, rehabilitation, and employment records of the applicant since the date the crime was committed.
(6a)      The completion of, or active participation in, rehabilitative drug or alcohol treatment.
(6b)     A Certificate of Relief granted pursuant to North Carolina Gen. Stat. § 15A-173.2.
(7)       The subsequent commission of a crime by the applicant.
(8)       Any affidavits or other written documents, including character references.
 
If Board staff is unable to approve an application, the applicant has the right to request to have that application heard by the members of the Board. Any such request should be submitted in writing to the Board’s Executive Director. The Board will conduct that hearing pursuant to the North Carolina Administrative Procedure Act and the Board’s own hearing rules.  As a result of the evidence presented at that hearing and considering the considerations outlined above, the Board may refuse to grant or may condition a license if it finds any of the grounds for doing so under North Carolina Gen. Stat. § 90-85.38(a).
 
If the applicant wishes to appeal the Board’s final decision, the applicant may seek review of the decision by filing a petition for judicial review in the Superior Court pursuant to Article 4 of the Administrative Procedure Act, North Carolina Gen. Stat. § 150B-43 et seq. 
 

 

Examinations

The 2019 examination will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 8-9, 2019, 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 2020 NC Foot & Ankle Society's Winter Seminar.

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 2019 exam is 4:00 p.m. (Eastern) September 19, 2019.

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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?

A. 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.