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Help your students achieve success when applying for an APRN certification examination with ANCC!
Help students navigate through the steps to ensure success.
Students may apply prior to graduation. If they decide to do so, they must:
Recommendation for students:
Where documents should be sent:
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.
ANCC recommends the following order for displaying credentials:
ANCC offers the APRN nursing certifications in five nurse practitioner (NP) specialties and one clinical nurse specialist (CNS) specialty. Each certification web page delivers eligibility criteria, online application, and exam preparation resources. For more information, please visit the Our Certifications. Each certification provides a number of resources to help students achieve success! Check out the:
When ready, students can schedule a time and place most convenient for them to take their ANCC exam through the Prometric website.
Students may retake a certification exam as soon as 60 days from the last testing date. All candidates who retake the exam must submit a retest application and meet eligibility requirements in effect at that time. They will be given a new 90-day window for testing.
Students have three opportunities to successfully pass an exam within a 12-month period. Here is how you can help them succeed.
Successful tips for retesting:
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.
Exciting News! ANCC now offers the option for faculty to log in and check their students’ certifications for free.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and set up an account. The following information is required to set-up the initial account:
Please Note: The school email address that you provide will be the designated User ID for the APRN Faculty Verification school account. It must not be an email address that is already associated with another ANA/ANCC account (for example a personal account).
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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