II. Registration and Administration of the Written Examination:
The ABNM examination for Professional Certification in IONM is comprised of two Parts: the Part I-Written and Part II-Oral examinations. ABNM Certification requires both Parts to be successfully completed. Only candidates who have successfully passed the Part I-Written examination are eligible to submit for the Part II-Oral examination.
All applications for the ABNM examinations are handled by the designated testing agent of the ABNM, the Professional Testing Corporation (PTC), 1350 Broadway - 17th Floor, New York, New York 10018, (212) 356-0660. (http://www.ptcny.com). A separate application is required for the Part I and Part II examinations. Initially, individuals interested in ABNM Certification will submit the application for the ABNM Part I-Written examination to PTC. However, note that applicants to the ABNM for examination will be required to pay a combined fee of $1,600 for the ABNM Part I-Written Certification Examination in IONM and for the subsequent ABNM Part II-Oral Certification Examination in IONM at the time of initial application. Note that upon successful completion and passing of the Part I-Written examination, a separate application must be submitted for the ABNM Part II-Oral examination. No additional fee is incurred for a first application for the ABNM Part II-Oral examination.
Applicants who fail the ABNM Part I-Written examination will not be refunded the fee for the ABNM Part II-Oral examination. Should applicants who fail the ABNM Part I-Written examination wish to apply again for the ABNM examinations, a fee of $1,000 will apply for all subsequent applications for the ABNM Part I-Written examination.
After successfully completing and passing the ABNM Part I-Written examination, candidates are deemed to be “In the examination process” and must apply separately for the ABNM Part II-Oral examination. Applications for the first attempt of the ABNM Part II-Oral examination do not incur a fee. Candidates who fail the ABNM Part II-Oral examination and who remain “In the examination process” and are eligible to apply again for the ABNM Part II-Oral examination must submit a fee of $1,000 for all subsequent applications for the ABNM Part II-Oral examination.
PTC administers the Part I-Written examination twice a year at dates listed on the ABNM (http://abnm.info) web site. The ABNM Part I-Written examination can only be administered on these pre-established dates. The ABNM Part I-Written examination is conducted electronically via a computer interface and is now available at numerous testing centers across the United States and abroad, thus providing testing centers in convenient locations for most exam candidates. PTC can provide the locations of sites closest to your area, should there not be a local testing center.
The ABNM administers the Part II-Oral examination once per year, typically in the Spring but may, at the discretion of the ABNM, conduct a second annual Part II-Oral examination in the Fall. The Oral examination can only be administered on these pre-established dates and only at the examination site designated by the ABNM. All ABNM Part I-Written and Part II-Oral examination dates and application deadlines are listed on the ABNM (http://abnm.info) web site.
Any applicant requiring any reasonable accommodation when taking the examination, as contemplated under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, is encouraged to contact Sherry Frier at PCT at least 10 business days prior to the examination date to discuss the requested accommodation.
ABNM Part I-Written examination:
The initial application to the ABNM includes multiple requirements and several items of documentation that must all be submitted to PTC in a single packet, including the examination fee and the application packet must be post-marked by the examination application deadline. Included with the application is an ABNM application checklist that must be completed and signed by each applicant to attest to the fact that all required items are included in the application packet. After receipt of application packets, PTC will review and confirm the completeness of the application packet and incomplete application packets, which may include incomplete forms, will be returned as received to the applicant. PTC will not maintain partial or incomplete application packets and will not maintain applications from previous examinations. Upon return of incomplete applications, there will be an opportunity for applicants to provide the necessary documentation to complete their application. However, only complete applications will be accepted by PTC and all complete applications must be post-marked by the published application deadline, irrespective of whether or not an application was previously deemed incomplete and returned. A $150 portion of the application fee for the ABNM examination is a non-refundable processing fee. Refund policies are at the discretion of PTC and the Board of Directors.
After successful completion of the application process, PTC will notify candidates approximately one to three weeks before the testing date of the ABNM Part I-Written examination. The final assignment of the selected testing center is documented by means of an Admission Notice showing the exact address to which candidates should report. This Admission Notice plus some other form of State or Federal photo identification must be presented in order to gain admission to the testing site. A candidate not receiving an Admission Notice at least one week before the test date should contact the Professional Testing Corporation by telephone at (212) 356-0660. Changes in assignments to testing centers can be made before the examination date but new appointments will be subject to availability. The same testing procedure occurs at all sites with candidates expected to report to the testing center by 8:30 AM with the examination beginning at 9:00 AM. Four hours is allowed for the examination with an approximate ending time of 1:00 PM. Latecomers will be admitted to the examination at the discretion of the exam proctor, but will NOT be permitted to write beyond the time scheduled for completion of the examination. PTC has established the following rules for the conduct of the ABNM Part I-Written examination. Hand-held battery or solar operated calculators are permitted, but no signaling devices, including pagers, alarms, cellular phones and wireless devices, may be operative during the examination. No books, electronic databases, or other reference materials may be taken into the examination room. Notes taken during the examination, e.g. of test materials, questions and/or answer options, may not be taken from the examination room. No questions concerning content of the examination may be asked during the testing period. The candidate should listen carefully to the instructions given by the exam proctor and should read carefully the directions of the test instructions. Candidates will be notified within six weeks whether they have passed or failed the examination. Scores on the major areas of the examination and on the total examination will be reported. The ABNM will release the individual test scores ONLY to the individual candidate. Any questions concerning test results should be referred to the Professional Testing Corporation. If there are questions about the overall process or problems that cannot be resolved with PTC, please contact the ABNM.
The ABNM Part I-Written Certification Examination in Neurophysiologic Monitoring may be taken as often as desired upon filing of a new application and completion of all application requirements in effect at that time and payment of any fee due at that time. There is no limit to the number of times the ABNM Part I - Written examination may be taken. The number of times the written examination has been taken and whether an individual has passed or failed the written examination will NOT be made available by PTC or the ABNM to anyone other than the individual candidate.