The NPLEX measures minimal competence in the medical knowledge you need to be a safe naturopathic practitioner. Board Certification implies additional education and testing beyond this degree of entry-level qualification. Therefore, passing the NPLEX does not mean that you are board-certified.
DOMAIN OF AUTHORITY & ELIGIBILTIY FOR LICENSURE/REGISTRATION
You must abide by NABNE policies regarding examination (i.e., eligibility requirements, and examination and re-examination policies). You must abide by jurisdiction policies regarding licensure/registration. Successful completion of the NPLEX examination process does not guarantee that you will be eligible to become licensed/registered as a naturopathic physician/doctor.
STATE AND PROVINCIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE/REGISTRATION
The NPLEX are international examinations and you are expected to have the general knowledge required to practice in all jurisdictions within the US and Canada. This may mean that you are required to have knowledge over and above the scope of practice in any particular jurisdiction. In jurisdictions that regulate the licensure/registration of naturopathic physicians/doctors (with the exception of Ontario), you are required to pass both the NPLEX Part I – Biomedical Science (BSE) and the Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination (CCSE). In addition, to be eligible for licensure in some jurisdictions, you may be required to also pass NPLEX Part II – Clinical Elective Examinations in Acupuncture (AEE), Elective Pharmacology (EPE), Minor Surgery (MSE), and/or Parenteral Medicine (PMEE).
Jurisdictional requirements are subject to change. NABNE cannot guarantee that the information in the State and Provincial Requirements Table is accurate. You should check with the regulatory authority in the jurisdiction in which you plan to practice regarding jurisdiction-specific policies and to confirm which NPLEX examinations are required for eligibility to become licensed/registered as a naturopathic physician/doctor.