- Previous certification by an American Board of Medical Specialties or American Osteopathic Association member board.
- A valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in at least one US state. Physicians who only hold a license outside of the U.S. must provide evidence of an unrestricted license from a valid non-U.S. licensing body.
- A minimum of 50 hours of continuing medical education (CME) within the past 24 months, provided by a recognized provider of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). CME must be related to one or more of the certified specialties. Re-entry for physicians with lapsed certification requires 100 hours of CME with the past 24 months. Physicians in or within two years of training are exempt.
- For some specialties (ie interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, surgical specialties), certified physicians must have active privileges to practice that specialty in at least one US hospital licensed by a nationally recognized credentialing organization with deeming authority from CMS (ie Joint Commission, HFAP, DNV).
- A physician who has had their medical staff appointment/membership or clinical privileges in the specialty for which they are seeking certification involuntarily revoked and not reinstated, must have subsequently maintained medical staff appointment/membership or clinical privileges for at least 24 months in another US hospital licensed by a nationally recognized credentialing organization with deeming authority from CMS (ie Joint Commission, HFAP, DNV).
Please note: As required by many hospitals, health systems and payers, NBPAS performs primary source verification of all applicants’ qualifications, including initial board certification and state medical license.