(a)  The Board may issue a temporary license to practice podiatry to any podiatrist for licensure in accordance with this Rule while the podiatrist resides in North Carolina and is participating in a podiatric medical education and training clinical residency ("clinical residency") or fellowship located in North Carolina and approved by the Council of Podiatric Medical Education (CPME).  Such CPME-approved clinical residency or fellowship shall be established and conducted in accordance with rules established in the most current version of "Standards and Requirements for Approval of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residencies" (CPME 320) and the "JJRC and CPME Residency Requirements" available from the CPME web site at http://www.cpme.org/residencies/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2444&navItemNumber=2245, or "Standards and Requirements for Approval of Podiatric Fellowships" (CPME 820) available from the CPME web site at http://www.cpme.org/fellowships/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2442&navItemNumber=2247. A list of approved clinical residencies is available from the CPME website at http://www.cpme.org/residencies/ResidenciesList.cfm?navItemNumber=2242. A list of approved fellowships is available from the CPME website at http://www.cpme.org/fellowships/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2441&navItemNumber=2246.

(b)  In order to be approved by the Board for a temporary resident's or fellowship's training license, an applicant shall submit a completed temporary license application, available from the Board's website at http://www.ncbpe.org/content/licensure-exam.  The application shall include the following:

(1)           type of application (Regular, Temporary Military, or Temporary Clinical Residency or Fellowhip);

(2)           date of application;

(3)           Social Security Number;

(4)           full name (last name, first name, and middle name, if applicable);

(5)           mailing address;

(6)           city, state, and zip code;

(7)           telephone number (e.g., home, mobile, and business);

(8)           email address;

(9)           date of birth;

(10)         whether or not a U.S. citizen;

(11)         military service for self and spouse, if applicable;

(12)         education (high school, college/university, graduate or professional, and residencies/internships/fellowships), including name and location of institution, dates attended, whether graduated or completed, major/minor, and type of degree;

(13)         previous licensure in another state or territory, including date of issue, date of expiration, whether or not there were any disciplinary actions, and how license was obtained (examination, temporary, or reciprocity);

(14)         whether the applicant has had any of the following situations and explain such instances:

(A)          had a license revoked, suspended, or cancelled;

(B)          denied a license;

(C)          denied the privilege of taking an examination;

(D)          dropped, suspended, warned, placed on scholastic or disciplinary probation, expelled or requested to resign from any school, college, or university, or advised by any school or institution to discontinue studies therein;

(E)           been a defendant in a legal action involving professional liability (malpractice), been named in a malpractice suit, had a professional liability claim paid on the applicant's behalf or paid such a claim;

(F)           been a patient for treatment of mental illness;

(G)          been addicted to alcohol or drugs; or

(H)          been convicted of a felony;

(15)         whether the applicant has taken the North Carolina licensure examination previously, and if so, the date;

(16)         whether the applicant will need any special accommodations and what those needs are;

(17)         the applicant's reasons for applying for temporary license and future plans for practicing in the state; and

(18)         an attestation under oath before a notary that the information on the application is true and complete an authorization of the release to the Board of all information pertaining to the application. 

(c)  Such temporary application shall also require inclusion of the following additional documentation, which may be sent to the Board either together with the application or separately:

(1)           documentation of legal name change, if applicable;

(2)           a photograph, approximately two inches by two inches;

(3)           proof of an education equivalent to four years of instruction in a high  school (e.g., copy of the diploma or a letter from the high school);

(4)           transcript of pre-podiatry college studies from an accredited college or university showing a minimum of two years of study;

(5)           copy of college diploma;

(6)           proof of graduation from a podiatry school accredited by CPME, a listing of such accredited podiatry schools is available from http://www.cpme.org/colleges/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2425&navItemNumber=2240 (e.g., a copy of the diploma or a letter from the  school);

(7)           official transcript of podiatry school studies sent directly from the institution to the Board;

(8)           an appointment letter from the residency or fellowship program director, or his appointed agent, of the CPME-approved residency or fellowship program, listing the beginning and ending dates of the program;

(9)           a signed consent on the application allowing a search of local, state, and national records for any criminal record;

(10)         official copy of the grade letters from the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) sent directly from NBPME to the Board that the applicant has taken and  passed within three attempts:

(A)          APMLE Part I; and

(B)          APMLE Part II; and

(11)         upon request, supply any additional information the Board deems necessary to evaluate the applicant's competence and character, including appearing in person for an interview with the Board or its agent to evaluate the applicant's competence and character, if the Board needs more information to complete the application.

(d)  Upon evaluation of the application, the Board shall either approve the application and issue a temporary license or deny the application within 30 days of receipt of the completed application based upon the information provided in accordance with this Rule, unless an interview is necessary. If the Board deems an interview necessary pursuant to Subparagraph (c)(11) of this Rule, the Board shall issue the decision to grant or deny the application within 30 days following the interview. If the Board denies the application, it shall notify the applicant the reasons for the denial.

(e)  A temporary license is valid only while the licensee is participating in the clinical residency or fellowship program and shall not be extended beyond the length of training.

(f)  A podiatrist holding a temporary license to practice in a clinical residency or fellowship program shall practice only within the confines of that program and under the supervision of its director.


History Note         Authority G.S. 90-202.5(b); 90‑202.6; 93B-15.1;

Eff. October 1, 2014.