Neurocritical Care

Dates and Fees

  • Neurocritical Care

The medical specialty of Neurocritical Care is devoted to the comprehensive, multisystem care of the critically ill patient with neurological diseases and conditions.

ABEM-certified physicians will attain subspecialty certification in Neurocritical Care by meeting the eligibility criteria, fulfilling specific credential requirements, and passing the Neurocritical Care Certification Examination.

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) develops and administers the subspecialty certification examination in Neurocritical Care, while ABEM is responsible for credentialing its candidates and notifying them of their examination results. Two ABEM-certified physicians are serving on the Examination Committee.

Request an NCC application


Emergency physicians seeking certification in Neurocritical Care Medicine must:

  1. Be certified by ABEM
  2. Successfully complete the pre-approved training or practice as specified in the eligibility criteria
  3. Complete and submit the application to ABEM (request an application)
  4. Actively participate in ABEM's continuing certification process
  5. Fulfill the ABEM Policy on Medical Licensure
  6. Comply with the ABEM Policy on Board Eligibility for Subspecialty Certification

Exam Process

The Neurocritical Care Certification Examination is offered every other year, in even-numbered years.


Physicians must sign into their ABEM Portal and select the green Neurocritical Care link. Application and examination fees are due at the time of submission. Application fees are non-refundable; however, approved applications are valid for seven years.

Scheduling Your Exam Appointment

Once your application is submitted and reviewed, ABEM will forward your examination authorization to ABPN. The ABPN will contact you with instructions on scheduling your exam appointment in early August.

Exam Content Specifications

The content specifications for the examination and a demo exam are available on the ABPM website.


Information about exam scoring is available on the ABPN website.


ABEM notifies physicians in writing that examination results are available through their ABEM Portal within 90 days of the last day of exam.