Licensure to practice as an advanced practice nurse involves completion of an APRN certification examination approved by the state board of nursing and application to the state board for licensure to practice as an APRN, if applicable.
Certification Eligibility of Advanced Practice Graduates – National Organization Certification
Graduates of the MSN and DNP programs are eligible to take advanced practice nursing certification examinations as appropriate for an advanced practice specialty. Exams are administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PCNB). The relevant exams are: family nurse practitioner, adult gerontological acute care nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner (primary care and acute), psychiatric nurse practitioner and nurse executive.
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner)
- American Association of Critical-Care Nurses AACN Certification Corporation (adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner [AGACNP])
- American Nurses Credentialing Center
- Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (Pediatric Primary Care NP and Pediatric Acute Care NP)