National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME)
The National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) is a nonprofit corporation established in Missouri in 1956. NBPME became a New Jersey Corporation in 1978. The mission of the corporation is to develop and administer examinations of such high quality that the various legal agencies governing the practice of podiatric medicine may choose to license those who have successfully completed such examinations for practice in their jurisdictions without further examination. Furthermore, the corporation may, at its discretion, develop examinations of the same caliber to meet the various needs of groups within the profession.
About The Exam
Beginning with the Class of 2015, The APMLE consists of four components: Part I, Part II written, Part II CSPE, and Part III. The Part I and Part II written exams are designed to assess whether a candidate possesses the knowledge required to practice as a minimally competent entry-level podiatric physician. Part III is a licensing exam designed to determine whether a candidate’s knowledge and clinical skills are adequate for safe, unsupervised practice.
The Part I examination samples the candidate’s knowledge in the basic science areas of General Anatomy, including embryology, histology, genetics, and geriatrics; Lower Extremity Anatomy; Biochemistry; Physiology; Microbiology and Immunology; Pathology; and Pharmacology. A separate Candidate Information Bulletin for the Part I exam is available online at www.apmle.org. Beginning with the Class of 2015, excluding the Class of 2016, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024, there are two components to the Part II examination: Part II written and Part II CSPE.
The Part II written examination samples the candidate’s knowledge in the clinical areas of Medicine; Radiology; Orthopedics, Biomechanics and Sports Medicine; Anesthesia and Surgery; and Community Health, Jurisprudence, and Research. A separate Candidate Information Bulletin for the Part II written exam is available online at www.apmle.org. Performance on Part II written examination does not impact eligibility for the Part II CSPE.
The Part II Clinical Skills Patient Encounter (Part II CSPE) assesses proficiency in podiatric clinical tasks needed to enter residency. Candidates will be expected to perform a focused physical examination including podiatric and general medicine physical exam maneuvers appropriate for each patient presentation. Podiatric and general medical knowledge, verbal and written communication, and interpersonal skills will be assessed in each exam form. Performance on the Part II CSPE does not impact eligibility for the Part II written examination.
The Part III examination is designed to determine whether a candidate’s knowledge and clinical skills are adequate for safe, unsupervised practice. The Part III examination samples the candidate’s clinical skills in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating patients. Examples of the application of knowledge may be measured through photographs, radiographs, and case presentations. A separate Candidate Information Bulletin for the Part III exam is available online at www.apmle.org.
How To Register
Schedule A Test
Scheduling begins when you receive the Notice to Schedule (NTS) email from Meazure Learning. Candidates will be able to schedule for their exam up to two days before the test date. Please check the Bulletin or the APMLE website for more information. Log in to the web link in your NTS to schedule your exam site and date, then Meazure Learning will immediately send you another email to confirm your appointment.
PLEASE NOTE: NBPME does not require any documentation to be uploaded if previously approved by the school. Please refer to your Candidate Information Bulletin.