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 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. Please note that there are different Certification requirements for United States trained applicants ​and Non-United States trained applicants​.​

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 are expected to be released and posted to your MY APCA account approximately 8 - 10 weeks following the end of the examination administration window. As soon as your score becomes available, you will receive an email sent to the email address you provided when you registered for the examination.  If that email address is no longer accessible by you, please log into your MY APCA account to update it.

To ensure you receive notification regarding your score availability, add our email address @APCA.org and APCA@mail64.subscribermail.com to your address book and/or "Safe Recipient" list.  Candidates receiving a passing score will be listed on APCA's Directory of Certificants .​

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 (The CBNC application window is currently closed.)

 ​​​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 (The CBNC examination window is currently opened.​​)

*Applicants who have requested testing (“special”) accommodations in their application and are required to submit additional documentation in support of their request must submit all such support documents for receipt by October 31, 2018.  After October 31, 2018, incomplete accommodation requests will be denied.​


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