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American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program
Program Description: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program National Certification Examinations are entry-level, competency-based examinations for nurse practitioners reflective of nurse practitioner knowledge and expertise for each of three specialties: adult, gerontologic, and family nurse practitioner.
The examinations have been developed in cooperation with the Professional Examination Service, a not-for-profit organization with over 60 years of experience in the development and administration of national licensing and certification examinations specializing in health related fields. The Professional Examination Service oversees the test administration conducted by Prometric Testing Centers throughout the United States.
Candidates who become certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program will be able to use the initials NP-C to indicate their certification status. Candidates taking these computer-based examinations will be given a preliminary result at the time of testing followed by written score notification and authorization to use NP-C credentials via U S mail.
Qualification of Candidates: Verification is offered to graduates of accredited masters, post-masters, and doctoral level adult, gerontologic, and family nurse practitioner programs.
American Nurses Credentialing Center
General Requirements for Initial Certification
1. You must meet all of the eligibility requirements for the certification exam you are seeking to take. If you do not meet the eligibility requirements when you apply, you will be considered not eligible to take a certification examination.
2. Academic degrees for advanced practice nursing exams must be awarded from an institution of higher learning accredited by either Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Graduate transcript(s), in a sealed envelope, can be included with your application or mailed or emailed separately and must show the date and degree conferred. If your master’s or graduate program was not US based, please contact ANCC for additional information before you submit your application.
3. The baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing is required for these certification exams: Nurse Executive; Nurse Executive, Advanced; and Nursing Professional Development. For the Informatics Nursing certification examination, your baccalaureate can be in nursing or in a field related to informatics. Transcripts, in a sealed envelope from your school, must be either included with your application or mailed separately by the school. Transcripts must show the date of graduation and degree conferred. If the bachelor’s degree was awarded from a college or university outside of the United States, a course-by-course evaluation must be completed by a foreign credential evaluation service showing equivalence to a U.S. bachelor’s degree for nursing. The report must be included with the application.
4. All practice requirements must have been met while holding an active registered nurse license in a US state or territory, or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country. Any hours of practice as a licensed practical nurse OR a licensed vocational nurse OR working outside of the nursing field do not qualify as part of the practice hour requirement. Practice hours may be either part of your employment or voluntary.
Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
PNCB certification validates your specialized skills, knowledge, and abilities. Our exams are recognized and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN), the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs (AFPNP), and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).