To be eligible for certification in Neurology, candidates must meet the criteria below:
- Be a graduate of a COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine.
- Satisfactorily complete a one-year internship in an AOA-approved training program.
- Satisfactorily complete three years of AOA-approved training in neurology, child neurology, or a combination of the two.
- Successfully sit for and pass all sections of the certification examination.
- Practice in the specialty should be a minimum of 75% of your total clinical time.
- Hold an unrestricted license to practice in a state or territory.
- Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.
At the time of application, you must submit the following to the AOBNP:
- Completed application.
- Copy of your diploma from a COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine.
- Certificate of internship or letter from program director stating you satisfactorily completed an AOA-approved internship.
- Certificate of residency (if completed). If not yet completed, a letter from Residency Director certifying that you are within six months of completing training.
- If you completed an ACGME residency, you must include a letter from the American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists (ACONP) stating that approval of your residency is pending with the AOA. Contact the ACONP.
- Copy of your current state medical license.
- One passport photo or copy of a government-issued ID, i.e. driver’s license, passport.
An application fee of $1650 must be submitted with your completed application. This covers the non-refundable $350 application fee and $1300 written exam fee. No application will be considered complete until all fees have been paid.
No amount of the examination fee paid shall be returned after the application has been processed.
If an applicant fails any part of the exam, the fee for re-examination is $1200.
Exam Dates and Deadlines
The Neurology Written Exam is offered twice a year at Pearson Vue. The application period usually opens in October, and applications are due by Jan. 15.
Exam Content Outline
The written exam consists of 300 multiple-choice, single-answer questions in a pass/fail format. All questions are evenly weighted and the examination is subjected to conventional psychometric analysis using accepted modern methods of key validation and item scoring. The total examination time is six hours and will be proctored. No questions pertaining to exam content are allowed during the examination.
|Neurogenetics, Congenital and Developmental Disorders||7%|
|Metabolic, Autoimmune, and Toxic Diseases||6%|
|Epilepsy and Sleep Disorders||10%|
|CNS and PNS Neoplasms||3%|
|Neurological Trauma and CNS Infectious Disease||4%|
|Osteopathic Principals for Neurologists||3%|
Candidates must pass all sections of the Oral/Clinical examination. If a candidate has not passed the oral/clinical exam after three attempts, he or she will be required to retake and pass the written exam before proceeding once again to the oral/clinical exam.
Candidates will receive written notification as to whether they passed or failed approximately 90 days after the oral/clinical exam. Successful candidates will receive their certificates from the Executive Office of the AOBNP after formal approval of their certification has been accepted by the BOS and Board of Trustees of the AOA. Following the gathering of necessary signatures of recognition, the certificates will then be sent to the new diplomats.
Candidates who fail an exam will be advised of their weakness in failed area(s) and may, upon payment of the re-examination fee, repeat the examination the following year.
There is no limit on the number of times an applicant may apply to take the written exam during the six-year board eligibility period. Candidates can petition for an extension or reapply for board eligibility if this time has already lapsed.
Applicants who fail to sit for the examination they have registered for will be required to submit a new application and pay the full fee for the next examination. Candidates who are unable to sit for their scheduled exam due to an emergency should contact the Board within 30 days of the exam to be given consideration of waiving the reapplication process and fees for the next exam.