International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

A venue to promote continuing education in chiropractic orthopedics and neuromusculoskeletal medicine and publish in a peer-reviewed and an indexed journal JIANM

IANM Mission Statement

The IANM serves to qualify, examine, and provide board certification and re-credentialing of the chiropractic neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist.

A neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist focuses on the evaluation and management of patients suffering from biomechanical spinal, and extremity joint dysfunction, pain syndromes, and neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

The board-certified chiropractic neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist may utilize patient-centered, evidence-based, and outcome-driven treatment strategies which could include but may not be limited to: spinal and extremity manipulative therapy, and a wide array of physical medicine and non-surgical procedures to achieve optimal outcomes.

Pathways to IANM Certification Examination Eligibility

Current Post-Doctoral
NMSM Studies

Currently, post-graduate level studies are being sponsored by the University of Bridgeport (UB). UB has 300 online hours that meet IANM eligibility requirements. Also, 50 contact hours are available at multiple sites. For more information, view the Orthopedics and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Post-Doctoral Program of the University of Bridgeport at the following link: Chiropractic Continuing Education

Post-graduate Hours from Other Chiropractic Institutions

Doctors of Chiropractic may apply certified transcript hours from a CCE accredited university in a post-graduate Chiropractic Orthopedics Diplomate program, obtained from one or more chiropractic institutions other than UB, towards the minimum 300-hour requirement for IANM eligibility. Transcript hours will be counted only once per Diplomate course topic. Duplicate course material will not be accepted.

If you have certified transcript hours from a Chiropractic Orthopedics Diplomate program that pre-dates the current UB program and wish to determine eligibility, begin the application process. See application process below.

The Academy will only consider certified transcript hours in a post-doctoral program offered by a chiropractic school or college. The syllabus must demonstrate comprehensive, advanced education that prepares doctors to practice as a specialist in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and chiropractic orthopedics. The hours/classes must not duplicate hours/classes or content that the candidate is already applying towards their 300-hour requirement. If you wish to have non-neuromusculoskeletal or non-chiropractic orthopedic training considered, you must seek acceptance of those hours/classes by a chiropractic school or college that offers neuromusculoskeletal medicine or chiropractic orthopedic, post-doctoral training programs.

Currently, post-graduate level studies are being sponsored by the University of Bridgeport (UB). UB has 300 online hours that meet IANM eligibility requirements. Also, 50 contact hours are available at multiple sites. For more information, view the Orthopedics and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Post-Doctoral Program of the University of Bridgeport at the following link: Chiropractic Continuing Education 

Examination Content Blueprint 7th Edition

Since its inception in 1993, the Job Analysis for Chiropractic Orthopedics has been reviewed and updated in 5-year cycles.  The reviews rely upon evidence-based advances in the fundamental knowledge, skill sets, and related academic content defining chiropractic orthopedics/ neuromusculoskeletal medicine. 

In 2019, the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists transformed into the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (IANM) and retitled the Job Analysis to the IANM Pillars of Practice for Advanced Practice Nonsurgical Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialist (AKA IANM Pillars of Practice). ©

Since the IANM is the singular and ultimate credentialing body for chiropractic orthopedics and neuromusculoskeletal medicine, IANM Pillars of Practice © is an essential element in 1.) defining a certified specialist and 2.) preparing candidates for successful certification examinations.

Please Click PDF to view the IANM Pillars of Practice.

Why It’s Time for a Name Change

The evolution of the name “chiropractic orthopedist” began in the 1950s. Initially, this was a localized phenomenon only in California. This postgraduate educational program began to spread in the 1960s nationwide.

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Apply to Take the IANM Certification Examination

Please click here to register for the examination

The application fee is $145.00 USD.

Candidates who have completed the eligibility requirements for the IANM certification examination may apply to sit for the Part I online written examination. The Part I examination fee is $1,150.00 USD. The upcoming examination dates are listed below. All times are United States Eastern Time zone.

Part I Payment

The candidate must take the examinations within one year from the date the application process is received by the IANM. After that one-year period, the candidate is no longer “board registered.” The re-application fee is $100 USD.

IANM Part I Examination Dates: 2022 – 2023

Three hours are allotted to take the Part I online examination during one of the following test window dates:

MonthDateDayTimings
August8-19-22Friday2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
September9-10-22Saturday2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
October10-7-22Friday9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
MonthDateDayTimings
February2-10-23Friday9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
March3-18-23Saturday9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
April4-21-23Friday9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
May5-13-23Saturday9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
June6-16-23Friday9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
July7-15-23Saturday9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
August8-18-23Friday9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
September9-16-23Saturday9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
October10-6-23Friday9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

IANM Part II Examination Dates: 2022 – 2023

The Part II test will be a timed examination consisting of three OSCE modules in a four-hour period. Successful completion of the IANM Part I examination is required. The Part II examination fee is $1,150.00 USD

  • Friday, August 19, 2022 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
  • Saturday, Nov 12, 2022 – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
  • Saturday, March 18, 2023 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
  • Saturday, May 13, 2023 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
  • Friday, August 18, 2023 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
  • Friday, November 17, 2023 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST

Please contact the Academy as soon as you can with your notice of intent to sit the Academy Board examination.

Appeals Process

Requests for re-scoring must be received in writing to the Academy office. Re-scoring is accomplished by submitting the request with a payment of $400 (USD).

Receiving this fee will institute a formal appeals process. Any request about the examination grade must be in writing, with detailed explanation of why the appeal is requested.

The information will be referred to the Appeals Committee, composed of certified chiropractic orthopedists and neuromusculoskeletal specialists, for review of the appealing candidate’s letter. The Committee reviews all records pertinent to the candidate’s examination. This process may take up to 6 weeks to complete.