New Applicants

Pursuant to Section 50-02-13-02 of the administrative rules, a person may not participate in a postgraduate training program in this State unless that person has been granted a license by the North Dakota Board of Medicine.  The Board may issue a postgraduate training license to an applicant who meets each of the following requirements:

  1. The applicant is enrolled in an approved postgraduate training program within the State of North Dakota;
  2. The applicant meets all qualifications for permanent licensure except those requirements pertaining to postgraduate training and the examination requirement specified in Section 43-17-18, NDCC, and,
  3. The applicant has paid the prescribed fee. 

The postgraduate training license is valid for the duration of a postgraduate training program, regardless of its length.  This eliminates the need for multiple H1-B Visas while the resident is enrolled in a North Dakota postgraduate training program. 

You will be required annually, however, to complete a short online certification confirming that you are still enrolled in a postgraduate training program and continue to be eligible for a postgraduate training license.  There is no further fee required for this annual certification.

NOTE:  If you plan to later apply for a regular ND medical license once you have met the postgraduate training requirement, please note that the ND Board of Medcine allows no more than three attempts per step, part or component of a licensing exam and all steps, parts, components must be completed within a 7-year time period.

Upon receiving an application for a postgraduate training license, the North Dakota Board of Medicine will:

Begin the process of verifying the information which has been supplied to us on the application forms.  Answering "yes" to a question in the personal data section of the application form generally does not disqualify a person from receiving a license.  Making a false statement on the application form is almost always grounds for denying the application.  If the application contains significant derogatory information the Board of Medicine may elect not to issue a license.

Once the verification process has been completed, the file will be reviewed during the next regular meeting of the Board of Medicine.  The Board may require an applicant to appear for an interview regarding the applicant’s qualifications for licensure at that time.

You cannot begin your residency program until you have been granted a resident license.

The easiest way for you to determine the status of your pending application is to do it online.  At our homepage, go to “Application Status” under the Quick Links at the bottom of the page.  Once logged in, you will be able to see the status of each required component of your application.  You will see when it has been received by the board and the items still needed.  If there is a question about any component, you will see a comment reflecting what needs to be done to clarify the matter.

This application status checklist is updated upon receipt of each component of your application, and you can trust that it reflects the most up-to-date status of your application.  We encourage you to refer to it periodically to make sure the board is receiving all information required to process your application and issue your license.