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Success Pays®

Get and keep more nurses certified with no financial risk!

Help nurses achieve certification! Reduce nurses’ test-taking anxiety and eliminate financial barriers with the ANCC Success Pays® program.

Success Pays® now includes certification by exam, certification renewal, and the retired certified nurse recognition program. Nurses are given two opportunities to achieve certification, and you only pay for the ones who pass!

Easy as 1-2-3

  1. Your hospital contracts to provide at least 20 eligible nurses to pursue certification by exam. There is no minimum or maximum number for certification renewals.
    • ANCC gives your hospital a unique code, which you distribute to nurses.
    • Individual nurses use the code in place of traditional payment methods to apply for one of 25+ ANCC nursing certifications.
  2. The nurse takes the test or completes renewal requirements.
    • When a nurse passes, a fee for the exam or renewal appears on a monthly invoice to your hospital.
    • If a nurse fails the first time, one retest or resubmission is available at no additional cost.
    • If a nurse fails the retest or resubmission, your hospital is not charged.
  3. Your organization increases its number of board certified nurses, with no financial risk!

Contact ANCC at today to get and keep more nurses certified for less.

Learn more

Submit documents to:

Attn: Certification/Success Pays
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910

View list of eligible certifications [pdf]

Change of Primary Contact [pdf]

Success Pays Toolkit

Contact Us

Call 1.800.284.2378 - Select Option #4


How many nurses do we need to enroll in the Success Pays® program?

  • A minimum of 20 nurses need to apply to take the exam within the one-year agreement period.

What is the maximum number of nurses that can enroll in the success pays program?

  • There is no maximum only a minimum 20 enrollments per 12-month period.

What if we don't get 20 nurses to enroll within the 12-month period agreement period?

  • If the hospital is unable to meet the terms of the agreement by having 20 nurses apply for a certification exam, the hospital pays ANCC the difference between the total applications examination

Are there any additional fees for using the Success Pays® Program?

  • There are no additional fees.

How do nurses apply for the exam?

    • ANCC supplies the hospital’s designated Success Pays coordinator with a discount code. When registering for the exam, nurses will use this code to associate their exam application with the hospital’s Success Pays contract.
    1. Log into the ANCC website
    2. Clickon the appropriate specialty certification
    3. After the page for your specialty has successfully loaded, click “Apply Online”.
    4. If you do not already have an account, click “Register” located under “New Customer” and complete the customer registration. If you already have an account, complete the required fields to login to your account.
    5. Select/Add Certification to cart
    6. On the checkout page, enter your provided registration code in the “Enter Promotional Code” field.
    7. Click “Apply Promo” to adjust the order total to $0.00.
    8. Click “Process My Order” towards the bottom left of the page as the final step of the certification registration process.

How will the hospital be billed?

  • Each month, the ANCC sends to the Success Pays® contact person an invoice and a list of all who applied to take the exam and a list of all nurses that have become certified.

One of our nurses wants to recertify by exam. Can we include her in this program?

  • If a nurse wants to recertify by exam, they need to contact ANCC for further instructions.

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