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Nurse Executive, Advanced Certification (NEA-BC)

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Specialty Certifications

Credential Awarded: NEA-BC

The ANCC Nurse Executive Advanced board certification examination is a competency-based examination that provides a valid and reliable assessment of the entry level knowledge and skills of the nurses with system-wide or organization-wide influence. Typically, these nurses are accountable for multiple groups of nurses and may be accountable for non-nurse personnel and operations. They focus, in part, on strategy, high-level finance, resource management, and system integration. They make higher-level decisions and serve as external representatives of the organization.

After you fulfill all eligibility requirements to take and pass the certification examination, you are granted the credential NEA-BC (Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified). This credential and certification are valid for 5 years. You maintain this certification and credential by holding a current license to practice and renewing the certification every five years, by fulfilling the renewal criteria in effect at the time of your certification renewal.

The Nurse Executive Advanced board certification is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).

Apply online       Renew online

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

Apply

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.

The current exam allows 3.5 hours to answer 175 questions (150 scored plus 25 pretest questions that are not scored).

Effective January 10, 2021: The exam will allow 3 hours to answer 150 questions (125 scored plus 25 pretest questions that are not scored). The test content outline for the Nurse Executive, Advanced certification exam will be updated. Please access the appropriate Test Content Outlines below. There will be a 4-day test suspension period to allow for the exams to be updated. You may test before January 6, 2021 or after January 9, 2021.

STEP 1: Confirm Pricing and Eligibility

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Pricing & Discounts INITIAL CERTIFICATION
Non-member $395
American Nurses Association members $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.

Eligibility on or before January 6, 2021

For tests on or before January 6, 2021.

  • 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.
  • Hold a master's or higher degree in nursing or hold a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's in another field.
  • Have held an administrative position at the nurse executive level, or a faculty position teaching graduate students executive-level nursing administration full-time for at least 24 months (or the equivalent) in the last 5 years.
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last 3 years. This requirement is waived if you hold a master's degree in nursing administration.

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.)

Apply from Outside the U.S.

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

Eligibility on or after January 10, 2021

For tests on or after January 10, 2021

  • 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.
  • Hold a graduate degree and either the baccalaureate or graduate degree must be in nursing.
  • At least 2000 hours of experience in a leadership, management, or administration position, with primary responsibility for organization-wide or system-wide operations and outcomes, that include nursing within the last 3 years.
  • Complete 30 hours of continuing education in leadership, management, or administration within the last 3 years

(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.)

Apply from Outside the U.S.

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

STEP 2: Apply

APPLY ONLINE

STEP 3: Submit Education Verification Documents

Mail/E-Mail these materials: Mailing address: Email:

All transcripts (Official/Unofficial)

ANCC Certification
8515 Georgia Avenue,
Suite 400
Silver Spring,
MD 20910

aprnvalidation@ana.org

 

Final, Official Transcript. This is needed to become certified.

Key:

  • Final, Official transcript = transcript must come directly from school and the degree conferral and date of degree/post-graduate certificate awarded is listed on transcript.
  • Official transcript = transcript must come directly from school, either via hard-copy mail or through an electronic transcript submission service
  • Unofficial transcript = 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 (may come from the school or student)

Renew & 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.

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

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Pricing & Discounts RENEWAL
Non-member $350
American Nurses Association members* as low as $250

*Separate discounts may apply

  • 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.

RENEW ONLINE   TRACK PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

RENEW BY MAIL

If you would like to renew by mail, please send a request to certification@ana.org.

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