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The knowledge you need to succeed

Whatever your practice level or desired specialty, an ANCC Certification Program is nationally recognized as the measure of the nurse’s ability to provide competent care.

ANCC has set the bar for excellence in health since 1990, with over a quarter million nurses choosing ANCC Certification. By achieving this milestone, you join these exceptional nurses in demonstrating your specialized knowledge and continuing competence. Through certification, you demonstrate your commitment to delivering the best patient care and advance your career potential.

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How to become certified

To achieve ANCC Certification, you must meet the eligibility criteria for the specialty and pass the relevant certification exam. All exams are available year round, and provided in computer test centers across the world.

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Types of certification

ANCC offers a vast range of certifications across many specialties and practice areas.

These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner Certifications;
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Certifications;
  • Specialty Certifications; and
  • Interprofessional Certifications.

See all ANCC Certifications

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Certification resources

To give yourself extra confidence, ANA has a wide range of affordable resources to suit your style of learning. These range from test-preparation workshops, to webinars, to on-demand courses, to help you achieve ANCC specialty and APRN certification.

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Start building your career

ANCC Certification provides more than letters after your name. Each comprehensive program is rigorously designed to cover the most relevant range of knowledge, skills, and scenarios. Through targeted exams that incorporate the latest clinical practices, ANCC certification shows that you inspire confidence from patients, families, and employers. 

Apply for, maintain, or renew your certification

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APRN Consensus Model

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) are central to the modern health care system and are the key providers of accessible and affordable care. Yet to fully support APRNs and maximize the effect of APRN expertise throughout the U.S., a uniform model of regulation was necessary.

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Certification Policies

The General Testing and Renewal Handbook contains all of the rules, procedures, and fees pertaining to ANCC board certification. Specific policies, procedures, and forms are linked on the following page, for your convenience:

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The ANCC Certification Program enables nurses to demonstrate their specialty expertise and validate their knowledge to employers and patients. Through targeted exams that incorporate the latest clinical practices, ANCC certification empowers nurses with pride and professional satisfaction.

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