The National Board of Nutrition Support Certification (NBNSC) is an independent credentialing board established in 1984 by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN).
National Board of Nutrition Support Certification, Inc. Policy on Offering Certified Nutrition Support Clinician Exam Internationally

International candidates should note that while the CNSC® exam is offered internationally, the CNSC® exam is a US-based exam and may relate to practice in the US (Effective January 1, 2009). 

 

Background

The mission of the National Board of Nutrition Support Certification, Inc. (NBNSC) is to promote the enhanced delivery of safe and effective nutritional care through the certification of qualified clinicians practicing nutrition support.  

The NBNSC currently offers the Certified Nutrition Support Clinician® (CNSC) examination to the following individuals:  

  • Registered Dietitians (RD) who are registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) or the Canadian Equivalent  
  • Registered Nurses (RN) who are licensed to practice in the United States or Canada
  • Physicians who are licensed as doctors of medicine (MD) or doctors of osteopathy (DO) in the United States or Canada
  • Pharmacists who are registered/licensed to practice in the United States or Canada
  • Physician assistants who are registered/licensed to practice in the United States or Canada 

Purpose

It is the purpose of the NBNSC to provide an avenue for international candidates with credentials equivalent to those in the United States to be eligible to sit for the CNSC examination.   

 

 Procedure

 

  1. Individuals who practice as dietitians in countries outside the United States (excluding Canada) must either obtain the status of a registered dietitian with CDR or have their international education and credentials evaluated and documented as being equivalent to that of a registered dietitian registered with CDR in the United States. The CDR has reciprocity with several foreign dietetic associations and regulatory boards to establish eligibility to sit for the registration examination for dietitians. Individuals who are deemed eligible by CDR to sit for the registration examination for dietitians and who successfully pass the examination are eligible to sit for the CNSC examination upon provision of documentation of registration status.
  2. Individuals who practice as nurses in countries outside the United States (excluding Canada) must either obtain the status of a registered nurse and be licensed to practice in the United States or have their international education and credentials evaluated and documented as being equivalent to that of a registered nurse licensed to practice in the United States.
  3. Individuals who practice as physicians in countries outside the United States (excluding Canada) must either obtain the status of a doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy and be licensed to practice in the United states or have their international education and credentials evaluated and documented as being equivalent to that of a doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy licensed to practice in the United States
  4. Individuals who practice as pharmacists in countries outside the United States (excluding Canada) must either obtain the status of a pharmacist registered/licensed to practice in the United States or have their international education and credentials evaluated and documented as being equivalent to that of a pharmacist registered/licensed to practice in the United States.
  5. Individuals who practice as physician assistants in countries outside the United States (excluding Canada) must either obtain the status of a physician assistant and be licensed to practice in the United States or have their international education and credentials evaluated and documented as being equivalent to that of a physician assistant licensed to practice in the United States.
  6. The cost of the evaluation of education and credentials is the responsibility of the individual and is separate from any fee that may be charged to sit for the certification examination. Approximate cost for evaluation is $100.00, but may vary from one agency to another.
  7. Once an individual's education and credentials have been evaluated as being equal to that in the United States, the individual may submit an application to sit for the CNSC examination. Documentation of credential evaluation and current license or equivalent to practice in respective field must be submitted with the examination application.
  8. The NBNSC will work with their testing company PTC for administration of the examination to international candidates.
  9. International individuals who have previously sat for and successfully passed the nutrition support certification examination will be eligible to retake the examination without providing the above mentioned documentation as long as there is no lapse in certification. Should a lapse in certification occur for any reason, then that individual must adhere to the above requirements.

 

The following agencies may be of assistance in the evaluation of foreign education and credentials.  Note this list is not inclusive of all agencies that may provide this service nor does the NBNSC have any relationship with the listed agencies.  The individual requesting the credential evaluation is encouraged to verify that the selected agency continues to offer this service prior to submitting the request and payment.   

Academic and Professional International Evaluation, Inc. (APIE)
PO Box 5787
Los Alamitos, CA 90721-5787
562/594-6498
apie@msn.com
http://www.apie.org/
  
Credentials Evaluation Services, Inc.
International Education Research Foundation
PO Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231
310/258-9451
http://www.ierf.org/
  
Josef Silny & Associates
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
305/273-1616
Fax: 305/273-1338 or 273-1984
info@jsilny.com
http://www.jsilny.com/
  
World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
Bowling Green Station
PO Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
212/966-6311
Fax: 212/739-6100
info@wes.org
http://www.wes.org/