NBPNS Certification

Why get certified?

Becoming a diplomat of the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists signifies a physician as having achieved the highest level of competency and understanding in scientifically sound, evidenced-based medical nutrition.  It establishes you as a true expert in the field of clinical nutrition clinical both among your colleagues and the general public.  Increasing the pool of PNSs in academia, medical education, industry, and both hospital based and outpatient settings ensure that clinical nutrition is practiced and taught according to the highest standards, thereby elevating the field of medical nutrition.

Exam Eligibility

To be eligible to take the NBPNS exam, a candidate must meet three requirements:

  1. Current licensure to practice medicine in the US, or the equivalent in other countries. All candidates for certification and recertification must be licensed to practice medicine in the country in which they reside.
  2. ABMS Board certification or the equivalent outside the US.
  3. Demonstrated expertise in nutrition defined by one or more of the following:
    1. Mentored training in clinical nutrition (requires letter of recommendation from mentor).
    2. Dedicated service on a hospital Multidisciplinary Nutrition Team (requires letter of recommendation from hospital chief of staff or physician head of department).
    3. Performance of research with publications in nutrition (provide documentation on curriculum vitae).
    4. Teaching position involving nutrition at an academic medical center (requires letter of recommendation from department chairman).
    5. Committee membership and/or leadership role in a national nutrition society (provide documentation on curriculum vitae).
    6. Completion of a minimum of 150 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) devoted to clinical nutrition (provide CME documentation).
    7. Regional peer-recognized leadership role in nutrition (requires letter of recommendation from peer in community).

* 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 are re-evaluated on an annual basis.

Final acceptance of eligibility is subject to satisfactory review by the NBPNS Board.

Upcoming Certification Examination Dates

Fall 2016 Examination Dates*: 

Exam Period: Saturday, November 5 – Saturday, November 19, 2016
Application Deadline: October 3, 2016

*Candidates select their own date and time within the exam period.

Handbook for Candidates/Application

Handbook must be viewed in Adobe Acrobat


NBPNS Exam Content Outline Summary

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