Welcome to ABCN.org

The American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology

Promoting a standard of excellence in Clinical Neurophysiology for over 60 years

The American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, Inc. (formerly The American Board of Qualification in Electroencephalography, Inc.) was founded in 1946 by Herbert Jasper, M.D. It is the oldest free-standing Board for medical certification.

The purpose of the Board is to establish and improve standards of knowledge and proficiency in the professional practice of Clinical Neurophysiology. This is accomplished by successful completion of computer-based examinations in the field of Clinical Neurophysiology of the Central Nervous System, covering Electroencephalography (EEG), Evoked Potentials (EP), Polysomnography (PSG), Epilepsy Monitoring, and Neurologic Intraoperative Monitoring (NIOM). The Board grants one or more subspecialty designation and issues a certificate to eligible candidates who have satisfactorily completed both Parts of the examination.

Part I - Focuses on a core of knowledge that spans the field of clinical neurophysiology. This will include technical, clinical, and basic knowledge and theory covering central clinical neurophysiology.

Part II - Candidates must select one track, but will have the opportunity to take a second or third track, if desired. The questions are likely to be slightly more complex and include more practice based scenarios and samples.

Track Options:

  • General Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Epilepsy Monitoring
  • Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring
  • Critical Care EEG

New in 2016

ABPN Subspecialty Certification in Clinical Neurophysiology will be accepted in lieu of ABCN Part I. Successful Part II candidates will be awarded a 5 year certification.

ABEM certification will be accepted in lieu of ABCN Part I for the NIOM Track. Successful IOM Track candidates will be awarded a 5 year certification.

Exams are offered in a during two week testing windows each spring and fall. Candidates may take both Part I and II, or multiple tracks during the same two week period, but not on the same day.

A Practice Exam covering both Part I and three of the Part II tracks is available!

The American Board of Neurophysiology Certification Exam Schedule

Part I Exam
Part II General Clinical Neurophysiology Track
Part II Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring Track
Part II Epilepsy Monitoring Track
Part II Critical Care EEG Track

April 2-16, 2016 (Application deadline February 12, 2016)
October 15-29, 2016 (Application deadline August 26, 2016)

April 1-15, 2017 (Application deadline February 11, 2017)
October 14-28, 2017 (Application deadline August 25, 2017)

All exams are offered twice a year during two week testing windows.

Applications and Forms may be completed through the website or may be downloaded.

Both Part I & Part II may be attempted in the same testing window. Part II candidates must select at least one Track.