To become licensed as a podiatrist in Tennessee, a person must
comply with the following procedures and requirements:
Licensure by Examination
(a) An application packet shall be requested
from the board's administrative office.
(b) An applicant shall respond truthfully and
completely to every question or request for information contained in the
application form and submit it along with all documentation and fees required
by the form and these rules to the Board's administrative office. It is the
intent of this rule that all steps necessary to accomplish the filing of the
required documentation be completed prior to filing an application and that all
documentation be filed simultaneously.
(c) Applications will be accepted throughout
the year. Supporting documents requested in these instructions must be received
in the board office within 60 days of receipt of the application or the file
will be closed.
(d) An applicant
shall submit with his application a signed passport type photograph taken
within the preceding 12 months. (The photo is to be signed by the
(e) It is the
applicant's responsibility to request that a graduate transcript from his
degree granting institution, pursuant to T.C.A. §
63-3-110, be submitted directly
from the school to the board's administrative office. The institution granting
the degree must have been accredited at the time the degree was granted. The
transcript must show that the degree has been conferred and carry the official
seal of the institution and reference the name under which the applicant has
applied for licensure. The educational requirements contained in these rules
must be completed prior to the date of the application for licensure.
(f) An applicant shall submit evidence of
good moral character. Such evidence shall be three recent (within the preceding
12 months) original letters, two of which must be from licensed podiatrists,
medical doctors or osteopathic physicians attesting to the applicant's personal
character and professional ethics on the signator's letterhead.
(g) An applicant shall submit proof of being
eighteen (18) years of age or older. Acceptable proof is a notarized copy of
the applicant's birth certificate, driver's license, or voter registration
(h) An applicant shall submit
evidence of having completed at least a one (1) year residency program approved
by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education or its successor organization on
forms approved by the Board directly to the Board office.
(i) An applicant shall request that his/her
scores from Parts I and II of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners
(NBPME) examinations be sent directly to the Board's administrative office from
the testing agency.
applicant shall request that his/her scores, if taken in another state, from
Part III of the NBPME examinations (formerly known as the Podiatric Medical
Licensing Examination for States [PMLexis]) be sent directly to the Board's
administrative office from the Federation of Podiatric Medical
An applicant shall
disclose the circumstances surrounding any of the following:
1. Conviction of any criminal law violation
of any country, state or municipality, except minor traffic
2. The denial of
licensure application by any other state or the discipline of licensure in any
3. Loss or restriction of
4. Any civil suit
judgment, civil suit settlement or pending civil suit in which the applicant
was/is a party defendant including, without limitation, actions involving
malpractice, breach of contract, antitrust activity or any other civil action
remedy recognized under the country's or state's statutory common, or case
(l) An applicant
shall cause to be submitted to the Board's administrative office directly from
the vendor identified in the Board's licensure application materials, the
result of a criminal background check.
(m) If an applicant holds or has ever held a
license to practice as a podiatrist in any other state, the applicant shall
cause to be submitted the equivalent of a Tennessee Certificate of Endorsement
(verification of license) from each such licensing board which indicates the
applicant holds or held an active license and whether it is in good standing
presently or was at the time it became inactive.
(n) When necessary, all required documents
shall be translated into English and such translation and original document
shall be certified as to authenticity by the issuing source. Both versions must
(o) Personal resumes
are not acceptable and will not be reviewed.
(p) Application review and licensure
decisions shall be governed by rule 1155-02-.07.
(q) The burden is on the applicant to prove
by a preponderance of the evidence that his course work, supervision, and
experience are equivalent to the Board's requirements.