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ANCC Certification Requirements
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Eligibility Criteria:

RN License

Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or hold the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.

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Eligibility Criteria
  • Hold a bachelor’s or higher degree in nursing.
  • Have practiced the equivalent of 2 years full-time as a registered nurse.
  • Have a minimum of 4,000 hours of clinical practice in nursing professional development within the last 5 years.
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing professional development within the last 3 years.

 
Credential Awarded: RN-BC

The ANCC Nursing Professional Development board certification examination is a competency based examination that provides a valid and reliable assessment of the entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of registered nurses in the nursing professional development specialty after initial RN licensure. Once you complete eligibility requirements to take the certification examination and successfully pass the exam, you are awarded the credential: Registered Nurse-Board Certified (RN-BC).

This credential is valid for 5 years. You can continue to use this credential by maintaining your license to practice and meeting the renewal requirements in place at the time of your certification renewal. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification accredits this ANCC certification.


Initial Certification Application

You may apply for this computer-based test year round and test during a 90-day window at a time and location convenient to you. The exam allows 3.5 hours to answer 175 questions (150 scored plus 25 pretest questions that are not scored). For exam prep resources, see the STUDY AIDS & CE left sidebar of this page. If you do not pass a certification exam, learn about retesting.


Information taken from ANCC's credentialing website. Click here for more information or call 1.800.284.2378.

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