About UCNS

UCNS Mission

To promote high quality patient-centered care through accreditation of training programs and certification of physicians in neurologic subspecialties.

UCNS Vision

To help small neurologic subspecialties develop credibility and grow.

UCNS History and Timeline

Advances in neuroscience were occurring at an explosive rate, giving birth to innovative technologies and treatments which promised dramatic improvements in neurologic care. By 2000, 75 percent of neurology residents sought to enter fellowship programs to develop subspecialty expertise. Although there were abundant opportunities for neurology fellowships, training requirements varied considerably, and most fellowships were not accredited and their graduates not certified. To provide a means for formal recognition of emerging neurologic subspecialties and an opportunity to improve training for subspecialties through the development of training and clinical competence standards, the leaders in the field of Neurology collaborated to support and nurture neurologic subspecialties. In 2023, the UCNS marks its 20th anniversary as the accrediting and certifying body for emerging neurologic subspecialty that was envisioned and established by its founding parent organizations. 

The American Academy of Neurology developed the Commission on Subspecialty Certification comprised of five leading neurology organizations with a common interest of supporting and nurturing neurologic subspecialties: 2002
The five founding parent organizations established the structure, function, and budget for an accrediting and certifying body for emerging subspecialties

The United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) was incorporated as an independent 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization

Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry is the first subspecialty approved for subspecialty recognition by UCNS

Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology, Headache Medicine, Neurocritical Care, Neuroimaging, and Neuro-oncology approved for subspecialty recognition by UCNS

UCNS accredits its first fellowship programs and offers its first certification examinations

Autonomic Disorders and Geriatric Neurology approved for subspecialty recognition by UCNS

Neural Repair and Rehabilitation approved for subspecialty recognition by UCNS

  • Annual reporting launched for accredited programs
  • First recertification examinations offered
  • Last recertification examinations offered
  • Fellowship evaluations implemented
UCNS begins transition to Continuous Certification (C-Cert)

  • Inaugural year of C-cert implementation
  • Interventional Neurology approved for subspecialty recognition by UCNS

Neonatal neurocritical Care approved for subspecialty recognition by UCNS

UCNS marks 20th anniversary with over 3,000 UCNS-certified diplomates and over 200 UCNS-accredited training programs in 10 UCNS-approved and recognized neurologic subspecialties