Knowledge is power. Explore our Certification Policies page to learn details on all of the specific policies, procedures, applications, and forms that you need for nursing certification. Whether it's your first certification or if you want to renew your certification, check out the Certification General Testing and Renewal Handbook for complete info and steps pertaining to ANCC board certification.
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The American Nurses Association continues to maintain regular operations, including the review of certification applications. For all certification applications that require transcripts, we strongly recommend electronic submission of transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org, directly from your school or via a secure etranscript delivery service. We want to ensure that, in the event of remote operations at our headquarters, the review of certification applications will not be delayed. We continue to accept hard copy documents by mail.
All Prometric test centers are closed for 30 days, effective March 18, 2020. We know that these closures may cause significant disruption to your plans, and we are here to support you. We will continue to review your applications and will release your authorization to test notice as soon as testing becomes available. Our Customer Care Center remains open and staff are available to respond to your calls and email messages.
As of March 18, 2020, all authorization to test notices for initial, retest, renewal by test, and reassignment applications are currently on hold until testing becomes available, again. Please continue to check for updates on the ANCC website at https://www.nursingworld.org/our-certifications/ and the Prometric website at https://www.prometric.com/corona-virus-update.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification Program will give you the opportunity to advance your nursing career and prove your ability to provide the best patient care. Demonstrate your commitment to nursing with the most respected certification in the profession. Whether you are looking to achieve your first certification, ready to renew, or exploring new certifications, scroll down to find the certification you need.
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The knowledge you need to succeed
Whatever your practice level or desired specialty, an ANCC Certification Program is nationally recognized as the measure of the nurse’s ability to provide competent care.
ANCC has set the bar for excellence in health since 1990, with over a quarter million nurses choosing ANCC Certification. By achieving this milestone, you join these exceptional nurses in demonstrating your specialized knowledge and continuing competence.
ANA has a wide range of affordable resources to suit your style of learning including test-preparation workshops, webinars, and on-demand courses. These resources will give you extra confidence and help you to achieve your ANCC certification.
To achieve ANCC Certification, you must meet the eligibility criteria for the specialty and pass the relevant certification exam. All ANCC Certification exams are available year-round via our test partner, Prometric, who provide convenient, secure, and reliable tests in thousands of test centers across the U.S. and the world.
To locate a test center and schedule your certification test, visit our Prometric Test Center page.
ANCC Certification Program
The ANCC Certification Program enables nurses to demonstrate their specialty expertise and validate their knowledge to employers and patients. Through targeted exams that incorporate the latest clinical practices, ANCC certification empowers nurses with pride and professional satisfaction.
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