To qualify for the Examination, the following discipline requirement must be met at the time of application and Examination:
Note: Individuals applying with qualifying advanced degree (1.C. below) are required to use the paper application method and official transcripts must be submitted with the application. Applicants meeting discipline requirement 1.A. or 1.B. may apply using either the on-line application process or submitting a paper application. Click here for application information.
a) Clinical psychologist, registered nurse, occupational therapist, optometrist, pharmacist, physical therapist, physician (M.D. or D.O.), or podiatrist holding a current, active, unrestricted license from the United States or its territories.
b) Dietitian holding active registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, physician assistant holding active registration with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, exercise specialist holding active certification as an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist®, or exercise physiologist holding active certification as an American College of Sports Medicine Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist®.
c) Health care professional with a minimum of a master's degree* in social work from a United States college or university accredited by a nationally recognized regional accrediting body.
*To verify the program of study specific to social work, an official transcript that indicates that the advanced degree in social work was awarded must be submitted with the Application for the Examination.
After meeting this requirement, the educator can begin to accrue the minimum professional practice hours of DSME and continuing education hours needed prior to applying for the Examination.
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