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I'm just curious.... I am taking an NRCME online course right now for DOT. I start my new position in Occ Med and UC soon.


How long did you study the NRCME materials after taking the course before you took the exam?


I did a NRCME practice test before even knowing any of the material and got a 61%, so I'm not too worried about the test at the moment..... Just kind of want the test phase out of the way.

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As a new graduate when I took the NRCME exam, I was pretty nervous, so I studied more than the above suggested 5-10 hours.


After having taken the examination, I can say it is a rather easy test.  As long as you know the basic requirements for DOT Physical Examinations, and common medical knowledge/sense... a couple of hours should be sufficient.  (Essentially read the handbook that comes with your review course over a handful of times.)

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It depends. A lot of the material is pretty straight-forward. But it can get confusing. The 5-10 hours mentioned above sounds reasonable for most people. Some of the biggest value to review courses is the material you get to keep and use as you continue doing the DOT physicals. Great for quick reference if you get stuck.  


If you're interested, I have a coupon code for PAs ("physicianassistant") to get 40% off anything from The DSG (DOT Study Guide). It might be worth checking out. Here's the link: dotstudyguide.bandcamp.com


Good luck on the exam!

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