1: Certification in Nuclear Cardiology
Applicants must, at the time of application, have successfully passed the CBNC certification examination no earlier than eight (8) years prior to application. Candidates may sit for the exam in any (or all) of years eight (8), nine (9) or ten (10) of his or her ten-year and two months certification period. If a Diplomate does not succeed in passing the recertification examination by the date of expiration of his or her ten-year and two months certification period, he or she will no longer be certified and CBNC’s online verification service will display his/her certification as lapsed.
However, individuals in this situation may apply to sit for the recertification examination in any given year as long as they meet the eligibility requirements in the year applying. There will be no back-dating of one’s certification; there will simply be a gap between certifications.
2: Medical Licensure
Applicants must, at the time of application, hold a current, unconditional, unrestricted license to practice medicine and must provide a copy of the current license with expiration date.
3: Board Certification
U.S. applicants must, at the time of application be certified in either Cardiology or any of the ABIM Cardiology subspecialties, Nuclear Medicine or Radiology* by a board which holds membership in the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists of the American Osteopathic Association.
All applicants must provide a copy of the current board certification.
*If you were not originally certified by CCNC or CBNC under one of these specialties, please state this as part of your application.
4: Documented Evidence of CME in Nuclear Cardiology
Candidates must submit documented evidence of 30 hours of Category I Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit completed within 36 months of application submission. Of the total, a minimum of 15 hours must be nuclear cardiology-specific and the remaining 15 may be in the applicant’s other areas(s) of specialty (e.g., general cardiology, echo, nuclear medicine, etc). All 30 hours of CME credit must be completed by the time of application submission.
Documentation may include certificates of completion or other record provided by the course sponsor. A list of courses alone is not sufficient to qualify as documented evidence.
For more information and examples of what can be used to meet this requirement see Guidance on CME. CBNC has the final say on what will or will not count toward the CME credit criterion.
5: Candidate Maintenance of Competency Attestation
Candidates must submit a signed statement attesting to completion of a minimum of 300 nuclear cardiology cases completed within the 24 months immediately preceeding application submission. Case logs should not be submitted with the application, but may be required if the Candidate is audited. The attestation must be on appropriate letterhead. See Sample Attestation Letter.
6: Recertification Lapse
Beginning in March 2020, for individuals who have allowed their certification(s) to lapse and who wish to regain Diplomate status for the certification(s), a fee of $250, per examination, will be assessed following receipt of a passing score on the desired recertification examination(s).