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The requirements for licensure as a Podiatric Physician are as follows and can be found in Chapter 461, F.S.
To be eligible to sit for the examination
- Is at least 18 years of age
- Has completed and submitted the application form and appropriate fee to the board
- Has completed a criminal background check electronically, with results being submitted to the department thru an approved Live Scan Vendor
- Has received a degree from a school or college of podiatric medicine or chiropody recognized and approved by the Council on Podiatry Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
- For applicants who matriculated prior to 1953, the course of study shall have been at least 3 years.
- For applicants who matriculated during or subsequent to 1953, the course of study shall be at least 4 years or the total hourly equivalent of a 4-year course of study.
- Has satisfactorily completed one of the following clinical experience requirements:
- One year of residency in a residency program approved by the board, and if it has been 4 or more years since the completion of that residency, active licensed practice of podiatric medicine in another jurisdiction for at least 2 of the immediately preceding 4 years, or successful completion of a board-approved postgraduate program or board-approved course within the year preceding the filing of the application.
- Ten years of continuous, active licensed practice of podiatric medicine in another state immediately preceding the submission of the application and completion of at least the same continuing educational requirements during those 10 years as are required of podiatric physicians licensed in this state.
To be eligible for licensure
- The department shall issue a license to practice podiatric medicine to any applicant who successfully completes the examination in accordance with this section:
Part I (Basic Science Examination),
Part II (Clinical Science Examination), and
Part III (PMLEXIS) of the National Board of Podiatric Medical ExaminersPlease Note: Scores must be submitted to the board office directly from the provider of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.
- If an applicant fails to pass the examination in three attempts, she or he shall not be eligible for re-examination unless she or he completes additional educational requirements or training requirements prescribed by the board. An applicant who has completed the additional educational or training requirements prescribed by the board may take the examination on two more occasions. If the applicant has failed to pass the examination after five attempts, she or he is no longer eligible to take the examination.
* “Active licensed practice” means the licensed practice of podiatric medicine as defined in s. 461.003(5) by podiatric physicians, including podiatric physicians employed by any governmental entity, on the active teaching faculty of an accredited school of podiatric medicine, or practicing administrative podiatric medicine.
Dispensing Practitioner Registration
Submit an application to dispense medicinal drugs and enclose a fee of $100.00. You will be required to renew this registration upon each renewal of licensure.
Applicants with Health History
If you answer “yes” to any of the health history questions on the application, please submit supporting documentation including the relevant dates and circumstances of such treatment and/or addiction along with the names and addresses of the medical practitioners or hospitals who performed such treatment.
Applicants with Discipline History
Applicants with prior disciplinary actions are required to submit the following:
Board Actions – Certified copies of document(s) relative to any disciplinary action taken against any license. The documents must come from the agency that took the disciplinary action and must be certified by that agency.
Self-Explanation – A detailed description of the circumstances surrounding your disciplinary action and a thorough description of the rehabilitative changes in your lifestyle since the time of the disciplinary action which would enable you to avoid future occurrences. It would be helpful to include factors in your life, which you feel may have contributed to your disciplinary action, what you have learned about yourself since that time, and the changes you have made that support your rehabilitation.
Applicants with Criminal History
Applicants with prior criminal convictions are required to submit the following:
Final Dispositions/Arrest Records – Final disposition records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.
Completion of Probation/Parole/Sanctions – Probation and financial sanction records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. Parole records for offenses can be obtained from the Department of Corrections or at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.
Self-Explanation – Applicants who have listed offenses on the application must submit a letter in their own words describing the circumstances of the offense. Include in your letter the date of the original offense, the charge, and the jurisdiction where it occurred.
Effective January 1, 2013, applicants for initial licensure must use an approved Livescan Service Provider to submit electronic fingerprints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for the purpose of conducting a search for any Florida and national criminal history records that may pertain to applicant. The results of the search will be returned to the Care Provider Background Screening Clearinghouse and made available to the Department for consideration during the licensure process. The fingerprints submitted by the applicant will be retained by FDLE and the Clearinghouse. All costs for conducting a criminal history background screening are borne by the applicant.
It is important to use the correct Originating Agency Identification (ORI) when submitting fingerprints. If you do not provide an ORI number or if you provide an incorrect ORI number to the Livescan service provider, the board office will not receive your fingerprint results.
The ORI number for the Board of Podiatric Medicine is EDOH2017Z.
The applicant is fully responsible for selecting an approved Livescan Service Provider and for ensuring the results are reported to the Department. Print this electronic fingerprinting form and take it with you to a Livescan Service Provider.
For more information, FAQs, and a list of all approved Livescan Service Providers please visit the Background Screening website: http://www.flhealthsource.gov/background-screening (Click on Locate a Provider).
Health Care Fraud; Disqualifications for License, Certificate, or Registration
Effective July 1, 2012, Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes (F.S.), provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:
- Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under Chapter 409, F.S., (relating to social and economic assistance), Chapter 817, F.S., (relating to fraudulent practices), Chapter 893, F.S., (relating to drug abuse prevention and control) or a similar felony offense(s) in another state or jurisdiction unless the candidate or applicant has successfully completed a drug court program for that felony and provides proof that the plea has been withdrawn or the charges have been dismissed. Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification, or registration, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:
- For the felonies of the first or second degree, more than 15 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- For the felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- For the felonies of the third degree under section 893.13(6)(a), F.S., more than five years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 (relating to controlled substances) or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396 (relating to public health, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid issues), unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the date of the application;
- Has been terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to section 409.913, F.S., unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent five years;
- Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state or Federal Government, from any other state Medicaid program, unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent five years and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application;
- Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities.
Apply Online: Submit completed application and fees to the board office. Select the “Apply Online” button above. Once you have submitted your application you can check the status online. Select “Status” from the menu on the top right hand side the page.
Paper Application: If you prefer to apply using the paper application, please download, print and complete the paper application and submit along with your fees to the address listed below:
Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine
Post Office Box 6330
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3257
Contact National Board of Podiatric Medicine Examiners (APMLE) to request your official National Board Parts I, II and the PMLexis examination scores. All Scores must be submitted directly to the board office. Visit the APMLE website for further information on requesting score reports.
- Have official final transcripts mailed directly from your college or university to the board office at the address provided below:
Board of Podiatric Medicine
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3257
- Submit a copy of your certificate of completion for medical errors. In order to locate a board approved course visit www.cebroker.com or call 1-877-434-6323.
- If you are licensed or have ever held a license in another state, contact that state’s licensing office and request for licensure verification to be sent directly to the Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine.
- If you responded “yes” to any of the Health History questions on the application, submit a letter to the Florida board office, providing the relevant dates and circumstances of your treatment and/or addiction and include the names and addresses of the medical practitioners or hospitals that performed your treatment.
- If you responded “yes” to any of the Discipline History questions on the application, contact the state board where the discipline occurred to request that certified copies of the board order and any other documents relative to the disciplinary action be submitted directly to the Florida board office.
- If you responded “yes” to any of the Criminal History questions on the application, contact the clerk of courts in the jurisdiction in which the offense occurred and request that a certified copy of your final/official court disposition be mailed directly to the Florida board office. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.
If applicable, request for the following documentation to be sent directly to the board office:
- A certified court document showing completion of probation and payment of all fines; if the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.
- You must also submit a letter in your own words describing the circumstances of the offense. Your letter must include the date of the original offense, the charge and the jurisdiction where it occurred.
Note: All applications with “yes” responses to the history questions on the application will be presented to the board for review. Board staff will notify you of the date that your application will be presented in the event that you would like to attend.
Within 7-14 days of receipt of your application, the board office will notify you of the status of your application and any remaining required documents that need to be submitted.
Make certified check or money orders payable to the “Department of Health.” Applicants applying online may use a major credit card or debit card.
|Application fee||$ 100.00 (non-refundable)|
|Examination fee||($200.00) (if applicable)|
|Dispensing fee||($100.00) (if applicable)|
|Unlicensed Activity fee||$5.00|
|Initial Licensure fee:||$350.00|
|TOTAL FEE:||$755.00 (if all fees apply)|
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Chapter 461: Podiatric Medicine Practice Act
Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 120: Administrative Procedure Act
Chapter 119: Public Records
Chapter 408: Health Care Administration
Chapter 112: Public Officers and Employees: General Provisions
Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)