CSPE Scheduling Update

NBPME has extended the scheduling of the Part II Clinical Skills Patient Encounter sessions through March 2021. Please call NBOME at 866.479.6828 (7 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET.) to make an appointment. You may also register online by clicking the account log in at the top right corner at www.nbome.org. Further, scores will not be reported as part of the 2021 Match process. Finally, candidates will have the option to test during this session or in a later cycle as long as the examination is successfully completed prior to the completion of residency. Candidates from the Class of 2021 will be permitted to attempt Part III regardless of their status in Part II CSPE. This exception applies only to the Class of 2021.



The National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME), whose mission is to develop and administer examinations for podiatric physicians’ licensure, commissioned a practice analysis update for the Part III Examination from Prometric, the test development vendor.

This practice analysis survey is designed to elicit your input on the NBPME Part III Examination. The results of the study will be used to update the test specifications for the Part III examination. We would greatly appreciate your input on this significant project.

As part of this study, we ask you to complete an online survey. The survey will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete, and most questions take just seconds to answer. You also have the option to save and complete the survey in multiple sessions.

To thank you for your participation, the National Board of Podiatric Medicine (NBPME) is offering 12 $100 Amazon gift cards. These will be awarded based on a drawing of those who complete the survey.

If you would like to be entered in this drawing, please enter your information in the appropriate survey fields. Participation in the drawing is optional. You will be contacted via email if you are a winner after the survey closes.

All of the information you provide will be kept confidential. Your name, address, and e-mail will be kept separate from your survey responses and available only to the NBPME and Prometric. Please find below information about the NBPME Part III Examination and instructions for completing the survey.

The Part III Examination is a licensing examination designed to determine whether a candidate’s knowledge and clinical skills are adequate for safe practice. Clinical skills refer to applying knowledge needed by entry-level podiatrists to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients. Part III is used by state licensing boards to test candidates who have applied or who are applying for licenses and who have met or will meet the state’s own criteria for licensure for independent, unsupervised general practice, including state residency requirements. Candidates must hold a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and have made an application for a license in one or more participating states to take Part III.


Follow this link to the Survey:
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Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

The following contact information is provided if you encounter any technical difficulties completing the survey online or have questions regarding the survey content.

If you encounter any technical difficulties with completing the survey online or have questions regarding the survey content, you may contact us. Please be sure to identify the survey you are taking (NBPME Part III Practice Analysis Survey 2020).

Email Colvin.Franklin@Prometric.com. You will receive a response within 24 hours or less, Monday through Friday.

Your completed survey should be submitted by Thursday, January 29, 2021 (8 PM EDT).


Precautions taken by NBOME for safety

The NBOME is developing specific details regarding the exam encounters with standardized patients. However, these measures are already in place:

  • Candidate and Staff health screening. Exam staff will assess candidates during the check-in process and conduct thermal screenings of all candidates.
  • Social distancing. These protocols will be rigorously enforced throughout the NCCST. However, patient encounters will still require direct contact / interaction.
  • Staggered exam start times. On days with more than one exam scheduled, they will be staggered to start about an hour apart. Start times will be communicated via email received in the weeks leading up to their exam.
  • Larger capacity rooms. Large rooms have been reserved for registration and breaks to further support social distancing protocols.
  • Hand sanitizer. This will be available in all common areas throughout the NCCST, in all examination rooms, and at all SOAP note terminals.
  • Clear face masks issued to all candidates and standardized patients. These masks provide protection from spreading respiratory droplets while allowing viewing of the full face. Please note, these are not face shields, but actual face masks that fully cover the nose and mouth of the wearer.
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures. Hospital-grade disinfectant will be used to periodically wipe down high-touch surfaces both in exam rooms and at SOAP note terminals, plus daily deep-cleaning before each testing session.


Process to reschedule

The NBOME Portal remains open to reschedule your exam should you wish to test this year. You can log on and reschedule your exam to any open session in the cycle beginning in October, 2020. If you wish to cancel your examination, please email clientservices@nbome.org to cancel your examination.  Please reschedule or submit a cancellation request within the next 14 days. Once your cancellation request is received, you will be removed from your scheduled examination session and a refund for the registration fee will be processed. Refunds will appear as a credit on your original form of payment and should be complete within two weeks of your cancellation request.

The NBPME will continue to monitor developments in the pandemic and will carefully consider potential effects on the clinical skills exam.

Part II CSPE Exam information is now available. Learn more by clicking here.


What is APMLE?

The American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examinations (APMLE) are qualifying tests currently recognized or utilized by legal agencies governing the practice of podiatric medicine in the states, provinces, and federal agencies listed in the Candidate Bulletin.

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