What is a physician nutrition specialist®? A Physician
Nutrition Specialist® (PNS) is an expert in clinical nutrition who is committed
to applying rigorous, evidence based medicine to clinical nutrition practice.
Physician Nutrition Specialists devote a substantial career effort to nutrition
and can assume a leadership role in coordinating interdisciplinary clinical
nutrition services and education in academic health centers, community medical
centers, private practice, industry, and other health care settings. PNSs have
earned an M.D.s, D.O.s or equivalent, and generally have completed residency in
the specialties of internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, or general
surgery, and sometimes in subspecialties such as adult or pediatric
gastroenterology, endocrinology, critical care, nephrology, cardiology, or
Why should I take the examination? NBPNS
certification will be a benchmark for assuring mastery of knowledge and
training by Physician Nutrition Specialists®. It will help to:
- Distinguish physicians who are truly specialists in nutrition and will assist the public in choosing a Physician Nutrition Specialist®.
- It will assist health professionals and organizations to assess the competence of individual Physician Nutrition Specialists®.
- NBPNS board certification can be invaluable in terms of establishing a trust with patients and the doctors who refer them.
- When speaking publicly about nutritional management, NBPNS board certification can add to your credibility.
Training Standards/Eligibility for Physician Nutrition Specialist®
- Current licensure to practice medicine in the US, or the
equivalent in other countries. All candidates for
certification and recertification must be licensed to practice medicine in the
country in which they reside.
- ABMS Board certification or the equivalent outside the US.
- Demonstrated expertise in nutrition defined by one or more of the
training in clinical nutrition (requires letter of recommendation from mentor).
service on a hospital Multidisciplinary Nutrition Team (requires letter of
recommendation from hospital chief of staff or physician head of department).
of research with publications in nutrition (provide documentation on curriculum
position involving nutrition at an academic medical center (requires letter of
recommendation from department chairman).
membership and/or leadership role in a national nutrition society (provide
documentation on curriculum vitae).
of a minimum of 150 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) devoted to
clinical nutrition (provide CME documentation).
peer-recognized leadership role in nutrition (requires letter of recommendation
from peer in community).
Upcoming Exam Dates and
Fall 2015 Examination Dates*:
Exam Period: Saturday, November 7 – Saturday, November 21,
Application Deadline: October 1, 2015
Winter 2016 Examination Date
Austin, TX only
Exam Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Application Deadline: December 15, 2014
Spring 2016 Examination Dates*:
Exam Period: Saturday, May 7 – Saturday, May 21, 2016
Application Deadline: April 1, 2016
Fall 2016 Examination Dates*:
Exam Period: Saturday, November 5 – Saturday, November 19,
Application Deadline: October 3, 2016
*Candidates select their own date and time within the exam period.
Download Candidate Handbook/Exam Application