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 nurse practitioner, acute care adult nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner (primary care), adult health clinical nurse specialist, critical care clinical nurse specialist, family psychiatric nurse practitioner, and nurse executive, advanced (ANCC).
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (acute care nurse practitioner, adult nurse practitioner, adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, family psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner)
- American Association of Critical-Care Nurses AACN Certification Corporation (adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner [ACNPC-AG] and adult gerontology acute care clinical nurse specialist [ACCNS-AG])
- American Nurses Credentialing Center
- Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (Pediatric NP – Primary Care)