All applicants for licensure by examination and reciprocity
must successfully complete the examinations described in paragraphs (1), (2)
and (3) of this rule.
Parts I and
II of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) examinations.
(a) The Board adopts as its passing scores
for Parts I and II the NBPME's recommended passing score as determined by the
criterion-referenced method approved by the NBPME.
(b) The passing scores for Parts I and II are
to be achieved independently of each other and shall not be combined together
for an average passing score.
The examinations shall be administered by the NBPME's authorized testing
Part III of
the NBPME examinations (formerly known as the Podiatric Medical Licensing
Examination for States [PMLexis]).
Board adopts as its passing score for Part III the NBPME's recommended passing
score as determined by the criterion-referenced method approved by the
(b) An applicant for
licensure shall successfully complete Parts I and II before applying to the
Board to take Part III.
examination shall be administered by the NBPME's authorized testing
The Board shall
include a jurisprudence examination with all applications for licensure that
are mailed from the Board's administrative office, or the applicant may obtain
the jurisprudence examination from the Board's Internet web page that can be
accessed at www.Tennessee.gov/health
(b) The applicant shall include a completed
jurisprudence examination when his/her completed application for licensure is
returned to the Board's administrative office.
(c) There is no fee for the jurisprudence
(d) The scope and
content of the examination shall be determined by the Board but limited to
statutes and regulations governing the practice of podiatry (T.C.A.
et seq., and Chapter 1155-02 of the Official Compilation, Rules and Regulations
of the State of Tennessee) and the American Podiatric Medical Association
(APMA) Code of Ethics. Copies of the applicable statutes, regulations, and the
APMA Code of Ethics are available upon request from the Board's administrative
The format of the
examination shall be "open-book."
Correctly answering ninety percent (90%) of the examination
questions shall constitute successful completion of the jurisprudence
applicant whose most recent satisfactory NBPME examination score is more than
five (5) years old and who has practiced podiatry with an unencumbered license
in another state during the three (3) year period immediately preceding the
application shall not be required to take Part III of the NBPME examination for
licensure. All other applicants whose most recent satisfactory examination
score is more than five (5) years old shall be required to take Part III of the
NBPME examination for licensure.
(5) The Board's administrative office will
notify applicants in writing within forty-five (45) days of the date the
written test scores are made available to the Board.
(a) Applicants who fail Part III of the NBPME
examinations shall be entitled to retake the next regularly scheduled
examination upon sending a written request to the Board's administrative office
at least sixty (60) days prior to the examination.
(b) Applicants who fail to successfully
complete the jurisprudence examination must continue to retake the examination
until it has been successfully completed before the application will be deemed
complete and presented to the Board for consideration.
(c) If an applicant neglects, fails or
refuses to take the examination or fails to pass the examination for licensure
under these rules within 12 months after being deemed eligible to sit for the
state examination, the application file will be closed. However, such an
applicant may thereafter make a new application accompanied by the required fee
and supporting documents. The applicant shall meet the requirements in effect
at the time of the new application.