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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 one of the oldest free-standing Boards 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 at least one track. 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 2017

On-Demand testing will be available in January 2017. Complete the online application once you are ready to test. You will be given an 8 week period in which to schedule and take your examination. You may transfer within this period, but not outside the 8 week window.

An unofficial score will be provided at the conclusion of the examination. An official score report will be sent to you within 3 weeks, followed by a certificate or information on retesting.

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.

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

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