American Neuropsychiatric Association (ANPA)

The United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS)

Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Certification

 Anjan Chaterjee, President of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology, and Sheldon Benjamin, President of the American Neuropsychiatric Association officially requested an extension of the practice track to qualify for the examination. The practice track allows physicians who did NOT graduate from a UCNS-approved fellowship program to sit for the specialty examination if they have sufficient clinical experience.  We are delighted to announce that the UCNS board agreed to the extension for the 2014 examination!  The practice track will now close after the 2014 application cycle. The 2014 Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry examination is scheduled for the week of November 3 - 7. The application deadline is May 15, 2014. Applications are now available.

After 2014 only those who have successfully completed a UCNS accredited Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry fellowship will be able to apply to sit for the certification examination.

The Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry examination consists of 200 multiple-choice questions and is given over a 4-hour period at computer testing centers located in many cities.

For further information:

The United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS)

The UCNS was incorporated in March 2003. It is a non-profit professional medical organization sponsored by five parent organizations:.

* American Academy of Neurology
* American Neurological Association
* Association of University Professors of Neurology
* Child Neurology Society
* Professors of Child Neurology (see Child Neurology Society website)

The primary mission of the UCNS is to accredit training programs in neurologic subspecialties and to certify competence in physicians who have completed an accredited training program, with the goal of enhancing the quality of training benefiting both physicians and patients.

For more information on the accreditation process for Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry (BNNP) fellowship programs, please visit  

UCNS accepts accreditation applications throughout the year and reviews applications in the spring and fall. Accreditation applications and payment must be received by December 1 for spring review and June 1 for fall review. A list of accredited fellowship programs may be found at

Please contact Amanda Carpenter, Accreditation Manager, at 612-928-6399 or with any questions.

The practice track pathway of eligibility closed after the 2012 Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry (BNNP) certification examination.   Going forward, only those who have completed a UCNS-accredited BNNP fellowship will be able to apply to sit for certification examinations in BNNP.

For more information on obtaining certification in BNNP, please visit

For a complete list of all BN&NP diplomates, please go to the UCNS website at

Please contact Todd Bulson, Certification Manager, at 612-928-6399 or with any questions.


American Neuropsychiatric Association
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