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The American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology

Promoting a standard of excellence in Clinical Neurophysiology for over 70 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

Exam Schedule
Testing Dates for 2019

ABCN examinations are no longer offered on-demand. Examinations will be offered during two six-week testing windows.

May 6 - June 15 Application Deadline March 29, 2019

October 19 - November 30 Application Deadline September 6, 2019

New - ABCN Self-Assessment Program Online Review Questions

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.

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.

ABPN Subspecialty in Clinical Neurophysiology or Epilepsy Exemption

As of 2019, new applicants who have earned certification through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in Clinical Neurophysiology or Epilepsy may submit documentation of this certification and be exempt from taking the ABCN Part I examination. Candidates who are successful on a Part II Track will be awarded a ten-year Diplomate certification.

ABEM and ABPN Electrodiagnostic/Neuromuscular Exemption

As of 2019 applicants who have earned Electrodiagnostic/Neuromuscular Medicine certification through the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM) or the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) may submit documentation of this certification to be exempt from taking the ABCN Part I examination and will be eligible to take the Part II NIOM Track. Upon successful completion, a ten-year certification in Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring will be awarded.