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Help your students achieve success when applying for an APRN certification examination with ANCC!

The ANCC Advantage

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Help students navigate through the steps to ensure success.

Student must:

  • Create an ANCC account.
  • Request school to submit official transcripts and Validation of Education (VOE) Form. The VOE must be completed by faculty.
  • Complete application.
  • Await their Authorization to Test letter, then schedule the exam through Prometric.
  • Study for exam using the study aids available on each APRN certification webpage.
  • Take exam. Results are available immediately after testing.
  • Students become ANCC certified once they pass the exam.
  • Renew their ANCC certification every five years.

Students may apply prior to graduation. If they decide to do so, they must:

  • Create an ANCC account.
  • Request school to submit unofficial transcripts showing all required courses have been completed along with Validation of Education (VOE) Form. The VOE must be completed by faculty.
  • Complete application.
  • Await their Authorization to Test letter, then schedule the exam through Prometric.
  • Study for exam using the study aids available on each APRN certification webpage.
  • Take exam. Results are available immediately after testing.
  • If a student passes the exam, they will not be ANCC certified until they have submitted their official transcripts with degree conferral information to ANCC headquarters.
  • Renew their ANCC certification every five years.

Recommendation for students:

  • Apply for verification so it will be ready as soon as they become certified. The first one is free.

Where documents should be sent:

                       Mail
ANCC Certification
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910

                Email
aprnvalidation@ana.org

 

Professional Organizations for Certification Discounts

Students are encouraged to take a look at the ANCC's Organizational Affiliates page for the most up-to-date list entitled to a discount on ANCC's many products and services.

How to Display ANCC Credentials

ANCC recommends the following order for displaying credentials:

  1. Degrees (list highest to lowest)
  2. State license
  3. ANCC credential
  4. Other nursing or nationally recognized credentials
  5. Fellowship

 

Maintain

Renewing an ANCC Certification

Renewing an ANCC certification demonstrates a continuing commitment to life-long learning. ANCC certifications are renewed every five years. We make every effort to notify certified nurses of upcoming renewal dates. However, it is the responsibility of each nurse to be aware of his or her expiration date and submit renewal documents on time.

Encourage your students to store their professional development activities in their ANCC account. It will make the renewal process easier.

ANCC recommends renewal applications be submitted up to three months before the expiration date to ensure seamless certification.

 

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ANCC is looking for Content Experts to help develop nursing certification exams. Gain invaluable experience and make a difference in your specialty as you earn professional development credit towards your own certification renewal.

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