What is Success Pays?
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Success Pays is a way to assist healthcare professionals in achieving certification while eliminating test-taking anxiety and financial barriers. Clinicians are given two opportunities to test for a certification specialty and your healthcare organization only pays for those who pass.
Applicants must first meet eligibility requirements and then can apply for any of the following certifications. This includes certification by exam, certification renewal, and the retired certified nurse recognition program.
The mission of American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in healthcare globally through credentialing programs.
ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to achieve International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) 9001:2015.
ANCC exams are developed and maintained at ANCC headquarters by volunteer subject matter experts.
Expedite review is available for a $200 fee.
Certification is a process, often voluntary, by which a nongovernmental agency or association grants a time-limited recognition and use of a credential to individuals who have demonstrated the knowledge and skills and have met predetermined and standardized criteria required in the profession/role. Its purpose is to assure various publics that an individual has mastered a body of knowledge and acquired skills in a particular specialty. ANCC certification Meets and exceed nationally recognized standards of proficiency and professionalism, and represents:
Set your certification rate target and determine your minimum order on initial certifications under the Success Pays program. Contact us at Successpays@ana.org to discuss your set goals.
There is no maximum limit.
There are no start-up fees involved.
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Complete the Testing Window Re-assignment Request Form. This is a one-time opportunity. The fee is $100 and not part of the Success Pays program. It is the clinician's financial responsibility.
Shortfall fee is the amount difference between what you would have paid ANCC had you met your minimum order obligations and the total payments actually received. For example, if at the end of the year’s contract the minimum requirement of 20 eligible nurses was not met, i.e. only 18 applied, made eligible/tested, there will be a $580 shortfall fee incurred (20-18=2 x $290).
ANCC sends an invoice and summary report of all the certification activities associated with the account (i.e., candidates who have submitted initial applications and those certified) to the primary contact person every month.
A primary contact person is necessary for effective dissemination of information and to protect confidentiality of the account information. This also helps with the efficient processing of customer issues, invoice/payments, etc. Any changes in the primary contact person changes will require completion of a Change In Primary Contact Information Form.
Each candidate can only use the code twice (2x) for each certification. This includes primary application or renewal. If the code is used more than two times, the clinician will be charged.
A unique discount code specific to your organization is assigned once an agreement is approved and made effective. When registering for the exam, applicants will use this code to associate their initial certification application with the designated Success Pays account. Clinicians will need to:
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