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ABC does not discriminate on any basis that would constitute illegal discrimination under federal law.
All requirements must be met by the application deadline for your desired exam session. Applications must be submitted at ABCop.org.
You must attempt the exam within one calendar year from the date your application is approved. Failure to attempt the exam within that period will cause the application to expire and a new application must be submitted.
Payment is required when you apply. ABC accepts electronic payments in the form of a debit or credit card or Automated Clearing House (ACH). The fees are:
You will be assigned an Exam Candidate status when your application has been reviewed and approved. You will then be granted a three-year eligibility period in which to take and pass the examination. ABC grants you four attempts to pass the exam within your eligibility period.
It is ABC’s policy to administer certification examinations in a manner that does not discriminate against an otherwise qualified applicant. ABC offers reasonable and appropriate accommodations for the exams for those persons with documented disabilities, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
If you require any accommodations, you must submit your requests by the application deadline of your desired exam session to provide adequate time to resolve any documentation or exam logistical issues that may arise. ABC will review each request on an individual basis and make decisions relative to appropriate accommodations based on specific guidelines.
Health care providers are placed in a position of trust with their patients. Often these providers have unsupervised, physical contact with their patients. You must disclose criminal history information if you have been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction, pleaded nolo contendere, or are currently under indictment, for a felony or any crime involving moral turpitude.
You must submit a signed written statement and full explanation along with supporting documents to accompany the application. Examples of supporting documents may include, but are not limited to, official court documents, probation documents, police reports, etc.
ABC reserves the right to ask you to furnish such information or make such inquiries as may be deemed appropriate to identify the nature and extent of your education, experience, competency and moral character.
You will be notified by email of your application approval or denial within the four weeks following the application deadline. You can check your My ABC account to view the status of your application.
The email address provided on the application will be used for emailing your letter of eligibility, registration information, exam confirmation and results. You are responsible for updating your information immediately on your My ABC account.
Discovery that you have falsified any information on your application, any or all of the following actions may be taken:
You can be determined ineligible for any of following reasons:
If it is determined that the information provided is inadequate to assess eligibility, you will be notified and given a deadline to respond with necessary documentation. If documents are not received by the given deadline, your application will be deferred, one time, to the next exam cycle. Failure to complete your application after one deferral will terminate your application, and a new application and new application fee will be required.
If you have been denied on the basis that you have failed to demonstrate the minimal eligibility requirements, you may appeal the denial. You must submit your appeal in writing to the ABC Board of Directors.
You will receive notification of the decision within 60 days of receipt of the request. The Board of Directors’ decision is final.
If you fail the exam, you must re-register at ABCOP.org by the application deadline for the desired exam session. You must be within your current eligibility period and have not exhausted your allotted four attempts at the exam.
If you have exhausted your eligibility period, you may reapply for eligibility by submitting a new application, subject to the prevailing Candidate Guide, and a new application fee.