Clinical Electrodiagnosis (EMG/NCV) Residency
Learn how you can expand your experience in electrodiagnostics through an EMG/NCV residency. Explore our credentialed residency program to see how you can empower your practice for a better quality of care and higher insurance reimbursements.
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About Your EMG/NCV Residency in Clinical Electrophysiology
The American Academy of Clinical Electrodiagnosis (AACE) is proud to offer an accredited residency program credentialed by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).
This EMG/NCV residency program blends online and on-site learning together for the convenience of our residents. Residents are often able to continue their regular job while also enrolled in our residency program.
The EMG/NCV residency program has everything to take a clinician from having little to no experience in the field to becoming a subject matter expert.
See Our EMG/NCV Residency Outcomes
Our graduation rate in the last two years is 95%!
First time passing rate for the ABPTS Board Certification exam in the last two years is 89% for the first time (compared to a 67 percent national average); with a 100% overall passing rate!
Our Clinical Electrodiagnosis (EMG/NCV) Residency is a Two-Part Process
In Part One of our process, the resident takes the Electrodiagnostic (EMG/NCV) Diplomate Program for professionals. Learn more about the Electrodiagnostic (EMG/NCV) Diplomate Program and get started today!
- Part Two follows the successful completion of Part One of the Electrodiagnostic (EMG/NCV) Diplomate Program process. The following is required to complete part two of your residency.
- Completion of an additional 245 EMG/NCV studies on real patients at the resident’s clinical practice. Detailed feedback is required.
- Completion of an additional eight days of site visits by the mentor. Residents arrange a schedule for patients (four to six patients) and perform studies as mentors observe and provide feedback.
- Completion of 18 critical appraisals of topics (CATs).
The resident may choose a variety of additional activities to count toward hours of completion. The complete program requires a total of 1800 hours. These hours include all of Part One, the 245 studies, site visits, 18 CATs, and selective activities.
Additional activities may include the following:
- Additional EMG/NCV studies beyond the required 245 studies at a reduced cost
- Attend a continuing education course in EMG/NCV that directly discusses actual patient care activities in EMG/NCV testing
- Observation of a mentor or another approved practitioner
- Other activities as approved by the residency director
EMG/NCV Residency Program for Physical Therapists FAQ
Who can enroll in the EMG/NCV residency program?
Our EMG/NCV residency program is available to physical therapists, physicians (MDs and DOs), chiropractors, and other licensed healthcare providers whose scope of practice includes electrodiagnostic studies.
How long does the EMG/NCV residency program take?
Our residency program is self-paced following the completion of Part One. Please note that all requirements must be completed within five years of beginning Part One. Some people complete the process in as little as 18 months. Others may choose to use the entire five years. It’s your choice!
Where do I complete the residency program?
Part One of our residency program is partially online and can be completed at home.
It has four sessions that meet at our labs in Staten Island, New York, San Antonio, Texas, or Los Angeles, California. These sessions will meet on three to four weekends over a six-month period.
Part Two is completed at the resident’s clinic during studies on their own patients.
Can I bill patients for studies during the residency phase?
With the exception of patients with Medicare, you can bill for EMG/NCV studies while in the residency program.
How much is the average reimbursement for a study?
The average bilateral EMG/NCV study will reimburse approximately $350 to $450.
What are the advantages of the complete EMG/NCV residency program?
- Progressive mentorship and development in this specialized area of practice.
- A fast track to qualifying for the board certification exam (ECS). Completion of the EMG/NCV residency automatically qualifies the resident to sit for the exam. Without the residency, a minimum of 500 studies and additional training is required.
- Physical therapists must have an ECS to bill Medicare for EMG/NCV services. The residency program provides a quicker pathway to the ECS.
- Continue your regular job while enrolled.
- Affordable training. Many residencies require full-time work at a reduced salary (often 50 to 70 percent of the normal wages) for up to two years.
- Residents in the EMG/NCV residency program can bill insurance (with the exception of Medicare) for EMG/NCV studies while enrolled. EMG/NCV studies reimburse at a higher rate than other traditional physical therapy services.
Is the residency program different for physicians (MDs, DOs) or chiropractors?
There are fewer requirements for physicians and chiropractors. Both must also complete Part One of the residency.
Part Two requires 200 studies reviewed by a mentor. There is also one site visit in addition to the visit in Part One.
There are no CATs or selective hour requirements.
Start Your EMG/NCV Residency Today!
Ready to begin your EMG/NCV residency? Reach out to the American Academy of Clinical Electrodiagnosis to learn more about this exciting program.