Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology™ (CBNC™)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In January 2016, the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology (CBNC) examination and credential came under the auspices of the Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement™ (APCA™). ​

The CBNC certification program in Nuclear Cardiology validates expertise and knowledge in the field of Nuclear Cardiology.  Medical licensure assures minimal competency to diagnose and treat & certification in Nuclear Cardiology indicates mastery of a defined body of knowledge.  Still, given the time and cost, why certify?  Because certification matters.  It matters to patients whose care is provided by certified physicians and other professionals; to employers who staff hospitals, practices and facilities with qualified and experienced practitioners. It matters to referring physicians who understand what your certification represents, and it matters to peers who recognize the effort and knowledge required to achieve certification. Most importantly, it matters to you!   As a physician who attains certification you can be confident that your skills have met the benchmark of quality.  Certification is a recognized credential of excellence and demonstrates your commitment to providing quality healthcare.   


CBNCTM Certification Prerequisites & Examination

To earn and maintain certification in Nuclear Cardiology, you must meet the eligibility requirements and pass the examination.  Please consult the full description of eligibility requirements by visiting the CBNC Certification or Recertification sites. 

The CBNC certification examination has 160 questions and takes four hours to complete. The recertification examination has 100 questions and takes two and one-half hours to complete.  The examinations are comprised of 4-option multiple choice questions which may include still images and videos for interpretation.

In the examinations, you'll be assessed on your skills and abilities in preparing patients, conducting studies and interpreting the results, as well as on radiation safety, physics and instrumentation and other fundamentals of the modality. Scores for the examinations will be mailed approximately 60 days after the testing period ends.


Apply for the CBNC Certification or Recertification Examination

The CBNC certification and recertification examinations are administered during a three week window each year. The tests are administered at the Pearson VUE test centers located worldwide. Applicants must apply online through the CBNC website and present valid signature identification at the test center.

As soon as staff reviews your application and it is approved, you'll receive an Examination Confirmation Letter (ECL). From there you'll be able to contact Pearson VUE to schedule your examination.


2018 Application Dates and Fees for the CBNC Examinations

 ​​​Regular Application DeadlineLate Application Deadline13th Hour Application DeadlineMultimodality DiscountRefund Deadline
CertificationFee: $995Fee: $1,195Fee: $2,100$50Refund: $795

Friday, June 1

Wed, Aug. 15

Monday,  Oct. 1

Wed, Oct. 10


Friday, Nov. 2

RecertificationFee: $725Fee: $925Fee: $1,500$50Refund: $525

Friday, June 1

Friday, Aug 31

Monday, Oct. 1

Wed, Oct.10


Friday, Nov. 2

Examination Window: November 13 – December 7, 2018
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APCA and CBNC staff are working diligently to transition the CBNC programs into the APCA structure and keep our audiences informed of changes in our organizational structure. During this period, the physicians who hold the CBNC certification, as well as those seeking credentials will be served via:

  • Websites: www.CBNC.org
  • E-mail: cbnc@apca.org
  • Phone: 240-631-8151
  • Fax: 301-424-0875
  • New! Mailing Address: 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600, Rockville, MD 20852