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Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

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Clinical Nurse Specialist Certifications

Credential Awarded: PMHCNS-BC

The ANCC Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist board certification examination is a competency based examination that provides a valid and reliable assessment of the entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of clinical nurse specialist. Once you complete eligibility requirements to take the certification examination and successfully pass the exam, you are awarded the credential: Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist-Board Certified (PMHCNS-BC).

This credential is valid for 5 years. You can continue to use this credential by maintaining your license to practice and meeting the renewal requirements in place at the time of your certification renewal. The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification accredits this ANCC certification.

PLEASE NOTE
This ANCC certification examination is retired. The credential may be renewed if professional development and practice hour requirements are met. Testing is not an option for this certification renewal.

NOTICE: We are currently experiencing issues with new certification and renewal processes.
We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you.

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Renew

Renew Certification

Renewal Certification Application

You may submit a renewal application up to 1 year prior to your expiration.

STEP 1: Review Requirements, FAQs, and Pricing

Download renewal requirements   Read renewal FAQs

See Pricing & Discounts

Pricing & Discounts RENEWAL
Non-member $375
American Nurses Association members $275
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists member $295
American Psychiatric Nurses Association member $250
International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses member member $295
  • Prices above include $140 non-refundable administrative fee. Additional fees for special services may apply. See application for details.
  • Discounts may be claimed for up to 5 business days after ANCC receives your application. Discount claims received after this time will not be honored and refunds will not be issued.

STEP 2: Submit Renewal Application

Required: BEFORE starting a renewal application online, proof of professional development must be entered and stored in your ANCC online account. To record professional development activities go to Maintain Certification: Track Professional Development with ANCC. Then return to renew online.

RENEW ONLINE   TRACK PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

RENEW BY MAIL

  1. Read Renewal Requirements [pdf] and read renewal FAQs
  2. Download Renewal Application [pdf]
  3. This is a fillable PDF form. Type directly into the application, then save to your computer.
    The latest version of Adobe Reader is required. Download Adobe Reader (Free)
  4. Complete and mail to address on renewal application form.

Maintain

Maintain Certification

To maintain certification, complete professional development requirements between the start and end dates of your certification, and provide this information on your renewal application.

CALENDAR Your Renewal Date

Certifications are renewed every 5 years. You may submit a renewal application up to 1 year prior to your expiration. You may be ineligible to practice beyond your expiration date.

CREATE an ANCC Account

Track professional development, mail preferences and purchases in one place. Online applications are also stored in your account. Visit Access My Account

UPDATE Contact Information

If you move, change names or acquire a new phone or email, please update contact details in your account. Or email Customer Care or call 1.800.284.2378.

DISPLAY Your Credentials

Learn common questions and answers about displaying your credentials in the proper order.
Download How to Display Your Credentials.

TRACK PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WITH ANCC

Online renewal is simpler when you store professional development activities in your ANCC account immediately upon completion. At renewal, you can transfer stored information to the renewal application, saving time. Note: To renew online, you must store professional development activities before starting the online renewal application.

  1. After each activity, gather proof of professional development.
  2. Click Track Professional Development to the right.
  3. Enter and save professional development activities.
  4. From account summary, top right column, under Professional Development find links to enter continuing education (contact hours), academic credits, presentations, publications/research, preceptorship and professional service.
  5. Log out.

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