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Specialist Certification

Non-surgical approach to
neuromusculoskeletal biomechanical
orthopedic problems
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Maintenance of Credential (MOC)

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Neuromusculoskeletal Biomechanical Specialists

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Health Care Integration

Chiropractic Orthopedic Specialists work
alongside other health care practitioners

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International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (IANM) Mission Statement

The IANM serves to qualify, examine, and provide board certification and re-credentialing of the chiropractic neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist who focuses on the evaluation and management of patients suffering from pain syndromes and neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

Descriptively, the board-certified chiropractic neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist will focus on diagnosis and management of conditions involving nerves, muscles, soft tissues, and bones from a primary structural and/or functional perspective. 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.

Chiropractic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialist Definition

A board-certified chiropractic neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist focuses on the evaluation and management of patients suffering from pain syndromes and neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

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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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Pathways to I.A.N.M. Certification Examination Eligibility

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The requirements for sitting the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Diplomate examination include a minimum of 300 post-graduate hours in a specialty level program, relating to the practice of neuromusculoskeletal medicine.

Current Post-Doctoral NMSM Studies

Currently, post-graduate level studies are being sponsored by the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic (UBCC). UBCC has 300 online hours that meet I.A.N.M. eligibility requirements for a Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Diplomate (DIANM) or Diplomate Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DACO). Also, an additional 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 in a post-graduate Chiropractic Orthopedics Diplomate program, obtained from one or more chiropractic institutions other than UBCC, towards the minimum 300-hour requirement for I.A.N.M. 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 UBCC program (prior 2004) and wish to determine eligibility, begin the application process on the Exam Calendar page.

The Academy will accept the results of American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists (ABCO) successful completion of the Part I examination. The doctor must submit the letter from ABCO to the Academy when applying stating the doctor has successfully passed the examination.

Special Circumstances

Requests to review post-graduate study requirements other than those listed above may be considered on a case by case basis. The following material is required for the Academy to consider a special circumstances request:

  • A detailed description of the applicable course syllabus.
  • A list of instructors.
  • A certified transcript of hours completed.

The Academy will only consider certified transcript hours in a post-graduate program whose syllabus overlaps the specialty practice of neuromusculoskeletal medicine. The hours must not duplicate hours or content that the candidate is already applying towards their 300-hour requirement. Please refer to the I.A.N.M. job analysis for details. The candidate is encouraged to compare the post-graduate program with the I.A.N.M. job analysis for possible overlap before making a formal special circumstances request.

If you wish to have the Academy board consider the eligibility of alternative post-graduate Diplomates or Chiropractic Masters programs, you must send a written request for a special circumstances determination to the Executive Director along with a $95.00 USD fee to the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. Your college or university course syllabus, transcript hours and list of instructors are required for The Academy board to begin the review and determination process. The $95.00 USD fee is for The Academy board time and research involved for review and determination of your case. There is no guarantee that a special circumstances request will be approved, in whole or in part, as a result of paying the $95.00 USD fee.

Apply to Take the I.A.N.M. Certification Examination

Candidates who have completed the eligibility requirements for the I.A.N.M. certification examination may apply to sit for the Part I online written examination. The next upcoming examination dates are listed below, to see all of the exam dates for 2020 and 2021 please visit the Exam Calendar page.

I.A.N.M. Part I Examination Dates: 2021

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

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 – 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
    Friday, February 19, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
    Saturday, March 20, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
    Thursday, May 13, 2021 – 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
    Friday, June 18, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
    Saturday, July 17, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
    Wednesday, August 18, 2021 – 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
    Thursday, September 9, 2021 – 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
    Friday, October 8, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

I.A.N.M. Part II Examination Dates: 2020

The Part II test will be a timed examination consisting of three OSCE modules in a four hour period. Successful completion of the I.A.N.M. Part I examination is required. The Part II fee is $950.00, plus any testing center/proctor fees. The 2020 Part II test window dates are:

    Friday, May 14, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
    Saturday, May 15, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

    Friday, August 20, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
    Saturday, August 21, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

    Friday, Nov 12, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
    Saturday, Nov 13, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT

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


Academy Executive Board

Kim Skibsted DC, FIANM
West Des Moines, IA
B. Timothy Harcourt DC, FIANM
Fort Myers, FL
Paul Lombardi DC, FIANM
Cocoa, FL
Michael Ingui DC, MAS, FIANM
Ramsey, NJ

Public Member
Kathy Beauchamp BS. CPM
West Des Moines, IA
Programmatic Chairman and Examination Board Chair
Bruce Gundersen DC, FIANM
Salt Lake City, UT
Examination Board Member and Part II OSCE Chair
Kurt Olding DC, FIANM
Minster, OH
Examination Board Member and NCCA Advisor
Mark Nelson DC, FIANM
Cedar, MN

Associate Board Members
Roger Russell DC, MS, FIANM
Henderson, NV
William Lawson DC, FIANM
Austin, TX
Steven Sebers DC, FIANM
Milwaukie, OR

Ronald Evans DC, FIANM
The Villages, FL
Bill J. Bailey DC, FIANM
Metairie, LA
Jerry Wildenauer DC, FIANM
Mendota Heights, MN
Executive Director
Immediate Past President
James R. Brandt DC, MS, FIANM
St. Paul, MN
William Valusek DC, FIANM
Prescott Valley, AZ

Editor-in-Chief JIANM
Shawn Neff DC, FIANM
Martinsburg, WV
International Board Members
Ryan Hislop DC, FIANM
Mudgee, NSW, Australia
Rael Rosa DC, FIANM
Brookln, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sundeep Rathore DC, FCCO(c), FIANM
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Francisco Diez Burtubay DC, FIANM
Benito Juarez, Mexico
Fredrick Sheppard DC, FIANM
Palencia, Spain
Gerald Nastasia DC, FIANM
Dubai, UAE
International Educational Representative
Angela Kolberg DC, Ph.D., FIANM
Novo Hamburgo, Brazil