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National Certification 

American Association 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. 

View full detailed instructions on AANP website 

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. 

View full detailed instructions on ANCC website

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). 

The PNCB has developed and administered national qualifying exams for graduates from primary care and acute care PNP educational programs as well as the Certified Pediatric Nurse exam. We developed the Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse exam with the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®), and we launched the Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist Certification Exam in 2011.

View full detailed information on PNCB website

National Recertification

American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program

Recertification for Adult, Gerontological, and Family Nurse Practitioners
Nurse practitioners certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program may become recertified every five years by sitting for the appropriate examination or by meeting the clinical practice and continuing education requirements established for recertification. These requirements include a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical practice as a nurse practitioner in the Population Focus, and 75 contact hours of continuing education relevant to the nurse practitioner Population Focus.
There is no specific requirement for pharmacy content hours, but it is recommended that you include this content as well. This requirement will change with the implementation of the National
Consensus Model.
Notifications will be sent to certificants six months prior to their expiration date. It is the responsibility of the candidates to make sure they have received these notices and to apply for re-certification 8 weeks prior to the expiration date of their current certification. AANPCP should be advised by the candidate of address and email changes and if notifications are not received by six months prior to the expiration date.

American Nurses Credential Center

Important Note: ANCC is transitioning to updated renewal requirements which will be fully in effect beginning January 1, 2014. You will note increased flexibility and additional options in meeting the professional development requirements, and robust examples of acceptable activities within each professional development category. While the existing certification renewal requirements may be used until the new requirements become fully effective on January 1, 2014, the expanded renewal categories listed in the new application may be used immediately, if desired.

New requirements will be in effect beginning January 1, 2014. These requirements are:

1. All renewal applicants will be required to fulfill Category 1 (75 contact hours) as half of their professional development requirement. The other half may be fulfilled with any professional development category (1-6).

2. All advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists) must include at least 25 contact hours of pharmacology to fulfill their Category 1 requirement.

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Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Recertification, or Recert, is the process that allows you to maintain your PNCB certified status. All certification boards require a renewal process. 

View full detailed information on PNCB website 

NPA Recertification Courses 

Fitzgerald Health Education Associates offers NP Certification Examination courses.

As a member of The NPA you receive a discount on certification courses.  

The NPA| The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State

The mission of The NPA is to promote high standards of healthcare delivery through the
empowerment of nurse practitioners and the profession throughout New York State.

Office Hours: M-F 8:30am - 5:00pm | Tel: 518-348-0719 | Fax: 518-348-0720 | Email: info@TheNPA.org