It is the policy of the National Board of Medication Therapy Management (NBMTM) to comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Consistent with the ADA, NBMTM will:
Offer its examinations in a manner accessible to persons with disabilities or offer alternative accessible arrangements for such individuals, where feasible.
Make reasonable modifications, upon request, to its examination procedures or provide auxiliary aides or services for candidates with documented disabilities.
Evaluate each request for an accommodation and any information submitted in support of such request.
Accommodations are made in order to ensure that examination results reflect each candidate’s clinical knowledge or medical judgment, rather than the candidate’s sensory, manual or psychological skills, except where those skills are factors that a given examination is designed to measure.
NBMTM will consider requests for all forms of accommodation, but based on NBMTM’s experience, these requests are more likely to be evaluated quickly:
- A request that includes all suggested pieces of Disability Documentation
- A request for one of the Common Testing Accommodations
To qualify for a testing accommodation under the ADA, you must demonstrate that you have a qualifying disability that necessitates the provision of a testing accommodation.
A disability is defined by the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as compared to most people in the general population.
In all cases, NBMTM prefers to communicate directly with candidates who request accommodations.
When necessity requires, however, NBMTM will communicate with a delegate of a candidate regarding NBMTM policy and the status of that candidate’s request for accommodations. In such circumstances, candidates themselves must affirmatively state their intention to communicate through a specific delegate to NBMTM.
In all cases, communication between NBMTM and a candidate’s delegate will not include the sharing of confidential medical information.
Forms of Accommodation
The following is a list of common testing accommodations that have been requested and, if appropriate, granted by ABIM:
- Additional testing time
- Custom testing schedule
- Extra break time
- Large-font exam materials
- Permission to have and use diabetic supplies
- Permission to have and use light provisions, including water in a spill-proof bottle and/or a small snack
- Portable air supply
- Prescribed medication (other than pills)
This is not an all-inclusive list of possible testing accommodations. NBMTM considers the full range of available accommodations to assist candidates with disabilities.
Candidates who wish to receive extra time, extra breaks or a separate testing room must agree to refrain from discussing exam content with other candidates for the duration of their examination.
When providing certain accommodations, ABIM reserves the right to determine the location of the exam administration on the basis of the feasibility of providing necessary services.
Comfort Aids That Require Pre-Approval
Comfort aids are small, medically necessary items that require pre-approval prior to being taken in the testing room. Learn more about requesting a new comfort aid, and see below for comfort aids that do not require pre-approval.
Comfort Aids That Do Not Require Pre-Approval
Prior approval from NBMTM in order to bring certain comfort aids into the testing room is not required for the following items.
Examples of comfort aids that are allowed include:
- Insulin pump (must be non-Bluetooth capable)
- Diabetic supplies (please bring with you a small container for blood-related waste material)
- Asthma inhaler
- Cough drops
- Eye drops
- Headphones (noise-blocking and regular)
- Hearing aids
- Pillow or support cushion
The above items will be allowed in the testing room upon visual inspection by the proctor before starting the exam session.
Request an Accommodation
Submit your request at least 4 weeks prior to taking your exam.
Submit your written request and documentation to NBMTM.
National Board of Medication Therapy Management
1455 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
Fax: (888) 977-3231
NBMTM will conduct an evaluation of your request and notify you in writing with a determination.