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The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) is committed to providing certification that ensures physician compliance with national standards and promotes lifelong learning.

Criteria for NBPAS certification:
1) Previous certification by an ABMS or AOA member board
2) Valid license to practice medicine
3) At least 50 hours of ACCME accredited CME within the past 24 months (physicians-in-training are exempt)
4) For selected specialties, active hospital privileges in that specialty
5) Clinical privileges in certified specialty have not been permanently revoked
For full certification requirements click here.


Application takes <15 minutes to complete on our easy to navigate website. You will need:

  • Your medical license number
  • Your NPI Number
  • Evidence (CME certificates or transcripts from the CME provider) of 50 hrs of CME within the past 24 months (100 hours for re-entry). CME requirement is waived for physicians -in-or within 24 months of training who supply either a letter from their program director or copy of their program diploma indicating date of training within 24 months.
  • Previous certification by an ABMS or AOA member board (we will verify this independently, no need to supply evidence).

The $169 cost covers a two year certification ($84.50/year) including all your specialties. The fee will be adjusted up or down in future years, determined by our expenses. Physicians in or within 2 years of training qualify for a reduced rate of $29 for a two year certification ($14.50/year). We must add $20 to all applications from DOs because the AOA charges a $20 fee per physician for certification verification.

Specialties Offered
All current ABMS and AOA specialties are offered. To view current specialties offered, click here.

This is a grass roots initiative. We are working hard to gain acceptance by hospitals and payers. We are also relying on physicians like yourself to spread the word amongst colleagues and your hospital medical executive committee.
Click here for a sample letter to send to hospital administrators: www.nbpas.org/sample-letter
Click here for a sample letter to send to colleagues: www.nbpas.org/sample-letter-to-colleagues