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Success Pays®

Get and keep more nurses certified with no financial risk!

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

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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. For a standard agreement, your hospital contracts 20 eligible nurses to pursue certification by exam. *For smaller scale organizations, please contact us at SuccessPays@ana.org to discuss a modified minimum order requirement that matches your certification needs. 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 18 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 successpays@ana.org today to get and keep more nurses certified for less.

Learn more

Submit documents to:

ANCC
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

successpays@ana.org

Call 1.800.284.2378 (Select Option #4)

SUCCESS PAYS Program FAQs

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

  • The Success Pays’ minimum order requirement for a standard agreement is 20. However, for smaller scale organizations, please contact us at SuccessPays@ana.org so we can discuss a modified minimum order requirement that matches your certification needs.   

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 is a shortfall fee?

  • At the conclusion of the term of agreement, a shortfall fee is the amount difference between what the total payments to ANCC would have been if you had met your minimum order obligations against the total certification orders ANCC actually received. For example, if your minimum order is 20 and at the end of the agreement there were only 18 total certification orders received, there will be a shortfall fee calculated for (20-18) $580 equivalent to $290 x 2.

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. Click on 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.

The Success Pays® Video Contest Winners

The winners of the contest are hospitals enrolled in the Success Pays® program that provide abundant opportunities for their nurses to earn ANCC board-certification.

2019 Success Pays® Video Contest Winner

Excela Health - 2019 Success Pays Video Contest Winner

Excela Health

2019 Success Pays® Video Contest Winner

2018 Success Pays® Video Contest Winners

UR Medicine/Strong Memorial Hospital

1st Place Winner UR Medicine/Strong Memorial Hospital. Winner of $2,000 worth of merchandise from the ANCC E-Store

Excela Health

2nd Place Winner Excela Health. Winner of $1,000 worth of merchandise from the ANCC E-Store

Morristown Medical

3rd Place Winner Morristown Medical Center. Winner of $500 worth of merchandise from the ANCC E-Store.

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