Success Pays® Toolkit
ANCC Certification Easy as 1-2-3
What is Success Pays?
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.
- Your healthcare organization contracts to provide the required number of eligible clinicians to pursue certification by exam. There is no minimum or maximum number for certification renewals.
- ANCC assigns your hospital a unique code, which you distribute to your clinicians.
- Individual clinicians use the code in place of traditional payment methods. No other discounts may be used.
- The individual clinicians takes the test or completes the 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 is available at no additional cost.
- If a nurse fails the retest your hospital is not charged.
- Your organization increases its number of board-certified nurses, with no financial risk!
Benefits of ANCC Certification
- ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization by establishing a global presence and being recognized worldwide, applicants can test anywhere in the world.
- ANCC exams are developed and maintained at ANCC headquarters using volunteer subject matter experts.
- ANCC offers the option to test before degree is conferred, a free tracker to track your professional development, and exceptional and personalized customer service.
- Our certification renewal promotes advancement of the specialty for positive impact on patient care and practice. There are more than 8 options for renewing.
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:
- A validation of expertise, knowledge and abilities in your specialty beyond licensure through a rigorous national examination.
- Clinical experts dedicated to providing quality, evidence-based clinical care that contributes to optimum patient outcomes.
- Commitment to lifelong learning, patient advocacy, and professional practice through ongoing continuing education and professional development activities.
Why Consider Certification?
- Nurses that feel empowered within their work environments and are recognized for their knowledge and contributions are more likely to remain with their organizations -- which may contribute to increased retention of the nursing workforce. (Wade,C. 2009, Perceived effects of specialty nurse certification: a review of the literature, AORN Journal, 89(1) Retrieved from PubMed)
- Barriers to individuals getting certified include limited rewards in terms of salary and professional advancement, costs of certification, time constraints, and fear of failure (Ciurzynski & Serwetnyk, 2015, Increasing nurse certification rates using a multimodal approach, The Journal of Nursing Administration 45(4), 226-233. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000189)
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How many clinicians do we need to enroll in the Success Pays® program?
The minimum number is 20, but if you are a smaller bed organization, contact us at email@example.com and we can discuss the required amount for your organization.
What is the maximum number of clinicians that can enroll in the Success Pays program?
There is no maximum limit.
Are there any additional fees for using the Success Pays program?
There are no start-up fees involved.
One of our clinicians wants to recertify by exam. Can we include her in this program?
Yes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of our clinicians did not test within the 90-day window. What happens now?
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.
What is a shortfall fee?
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).
How is the billing process completed?
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.
Why does Success Pays require a designated primary contact person?
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.
How many times can a candidate use the Success Pays discount code?
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.
Steps to Apply
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:
- Create an ANCC account (new customers).
- Click on their selected specialty certification.
- After the page for their specialty has successfully loaded, click “Apply Online”.
- Select/add certification to cart.
- Complete Registration information and online application requirements.
- On the checkout page, enter the provided Success Pays code in the “Enter Promotional Code” field.
- Click “Apply Promo” or hit the “tab” button to adjust the order total to $0.00.
- Click “Process My Order” toward the bottom left of the page as the final step of the certification registration process. This should zero the balance. Please do not enter credit card information.
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