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Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Professional Licensure/Certification Exams

Page last updated: May 29, 2020

Testing centers that provide professional licensure exams for health care practitioners and certification exams for allied health practitioners may resume testing as outlined below.

Definitions

Health Care Practitioner: For the purpose of this guidance, the term "health care practitioner" includes individuals who have completed their training program, have met the requirements for examination, or have been issued "Authorizations to Test" by the following boards in this commonwealth or another jurisdiction:

  • State Board of Medicine

  • State Board of Osteopathic Medicine

  • State Board of Nursing

  • State Board of Pharmacy

  • State Board of Physical Therapy

  • State Board of Podiatry

  • State Board of Funeral Directors

  • State Board of Occupational Therapy Education and Licensure

  • State Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

  • State Board of Veterinary Medicine

  • State Board of Dentistry

  • State Board of Optometry

  • State Board of Nursing Home Administrators

  • State Board of Chiropractic

  • State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors, or

  • State Board of Psychology.

Allied Health Practitioner: For the purposes of this guidance, the term "allied health practitioner" refers to health professionals who are employed in professions to support the prevention of disease transmission and provide clinical support in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients. Allied health practitioners deliver direct patient care, rehabilitation, treatment, diagnostics and health improvement interventions to restore and maintain optimal physical, sensory, psychological, cognitive and social functions.  They provide clinical support services to physicians, nurses, and the licensed health care practitioners identified above. This guidance also applies to laboratory technicians.

Certification Testing and Board Exams

Testing centers located in counties designated as yellow and green may resume in-person licensure exams only for health care practitioners.

Testing centers shall employ physical distancing measures, universal masking and applicable DOH and CDC guidelines. During the yellow phase, seating size for testing is limited to 25 or fewer students for in-person testing. Students are discouraged from traveling from counties designated as red to take examinations at centers that are operating in counties designated as yellow or green.

All testing centers and allied health providers are expected to strictly adhere to the requirements of the Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public and the health and safety guidelines detailed in the Governor's phased reopening plan.

In all instances, testing centers must operate in the manner best designed to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of the communities in which they are located. Testing centers should strive to minimize opportunities for personal interaction as such interactions provide greater opportunities for the transmission of COVID-19.