must be achieved within the timeframe set by the specialty board or within five
years of completing residency or fellowship training, whichever is earlier. When
recertification is required, recertification must be obtained within two years.
a. Physicians: MD applicants must be board certified
or board eligible in their primary specialty or subspecialty by an American
Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member board. DO applicants must be board
certified or board eligible in their primary specialty or subspecialty by the
American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
b. Oral surgeons who are not
physicians: DDS and DMD applicants
who are oral surgeons but not physicians must be board certified or board
eligible by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS).
c. Podiatrists: DPM applicants must be board
certified or board eligible by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine or the American Board of Foot
and Ankle Surgery.
Clinicians: APC applicants for
clinical privileges must be certified by the appropriate board and meet any
Recertification requirements, as follows:
a. Certified nurse midwives must
be certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board;
b. Certified registered nurse
anesthetists must be certified by the National Board of Certification and
Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists;
c. Chiropractors must be certified
by the National Board of Chiropractic Examination;
d. Nurse practitioners must be
certified by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American
Association of Critical Care Nurses,
National Certification Corporation or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board;
e. Optometrists must be certified
by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry;
f. Physician assistants must be
certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.