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Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (FNP-BC)

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Nurse Practitioner Certifications

Credential Awarded: FNP-BC

The ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner board certification examination is a competency based examination that provides a valid and reliable assessment of the entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of nurse practitioners. This certification aligns with the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education. Once you complete eligibility requirements to take the certification examination and successfully pass the exam, you are awarded the credential: Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (FNP-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.

Apply online       Renew online

See below for instruction and pricing for new and renewal applications.


Apply for Certification

Initial Certification Application

You may apply for this computer-based test year round and test during a 90-day window at a time and location convenient to you. The exam allows 3.5 hours to answer 175 questions (150 scored plus 25 pretest questions that are not scored). For exam prep resources, scroll down to view Study Aids. If you do not pass a certification exam, learn about retesting.

STEP 1: Confirm Pricing and Eligibility

See Pricing & Discounts

Non-member $395
American Nurses Association members* $295
American Association of Nurse Practitioners member $340
American Association of Nurse Practitioners student member $290
  • *Excludes ANA e-membership. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts.
  • 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.


RN License

Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or hold the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.

Apply from Outside the U.S.

Learn about additional requirements for candidates outside the U.S.

Master’s, Post-graduate, or Doctoral Degree

Hold a master's, post-graduate, or doctoral degree* from a family nurse practitioner program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC | National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission). A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.

Three separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses in:

  • Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the life span
  • Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts, and approaches
  • Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents

Content in:

  • Health promotion and/or maintenance
  • Differential diagnosis and disease management, including the use and prescription of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions

*Candidates may be authorized to sit for the examination after all coursework and faculty-supervised clinical practice hours for the degree are complete, prior to degree conferral and graduation, provided that all other eligibility requirements are met. Please note, the Validation of Education form and official/unofficial transcripts showing that coursework (and faculty-supervised clinical practice hours) is completed are required before authorization to test will be issued. ANCC will retain the candidate’s exam result and will issue certification on the date the final, degree-conferred and official transcript are received, all other eligibility requirements are met, and a passing result is on file.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Discontinuation of Conditional Authorization to Test (C/ATT). Please click here for more information.

(ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts, which ANCC defines as either a photocopy of a transcript, a comprehensive record of your academic progress or a print out of all work completed, to date, including coursework, grades and degree(s) earned or in progress – which will allow ANCC to process and review your application. ANCC reserves the right to reject any unofficial transcript that appears to be altered.)

STEP 2: Apply


Due to increased APRN application volume, current processing time for application review is approximately 3+ weeks – directly impacted by fewer staff available for in office/immediate documentation processing. Application status information is available in your online account. If your application has been in a status of initial or pending for more than 3 weeks, please send an email to

STEP 3: Submit Education Verification Documents

Mail/E-Mail these materials: Mailing address: Email:
  1. All transcripts (Official/Unofficial)
  2. Validation of Education Form 
    signed by your faculty. As of July 1, 2020, only this version of the VOE will be accepted.
  3. GAP Analysis form, if necessary. (This is needed for all post-graduate certificates or post-graduate doctoral degrees and should be sent together with the student's VOE form.

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Maintain & Renew

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.


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.

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
American Association of Nurse Practitioners 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 Track Professional Development with ANCC. Then return to renew online.



If you would like to renew by mail, please send a request to


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