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Help your students achieve success when applying for an APRN certification examination with ANCC!

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Help students navigate through the steps to ensure success.

Student must:

  • Create an ANCC account.
  • Request school to submit official transcripts and Validation of Education (VOE) Form. The VOE must be completed by faculty.
    • Be sure to fill out the GAP Analysis form, if necessary. This is needed for post-grad certificates or post-grad doctoral degrees and should be sent together with the student's VOE form.
  • Complete application.
  • Await their Authorization to Test letter, then schedule the exam through Prometric.
  • Study for exam using the study aids available on each APRN certification webpage.
  • Take exam. Results are available immediately after testing.
  • Students become ANCC certified once they pass the exam.
  • Renew their ANCC certification every five years.

Students may apply prior to graduation. If they decide to do so, they must:

  • Create an ANCC account.
  • Request school to submit unofficial transcripts showing all required courses have been completed along with Validation of Education (VOE) Form. The VOE must be completed by faculty.
    • Be sure to fill out the GAP Analysis form, if necessary. This is needed for post-grad certificates or post-grad doctoral degrees and should be sent together with the student's VOE form.
  • Complete application.
  • Await their Authorization to Test letter, then schedule the exam through Prometric.
  • Study for exam using the study aids available on each APRN certification webpage.
  • Take exam. Results are available immediately after testing.
  • If a student passes the exam, they will not be ANCC certified until they have submitted their official transcripts with degree conferral information to ANCC headquarters.
  • Renew their ANCC certification every five years.

Recommendation for students:

  • Apply for verification so it will be ready as soon as they become certified. The first one is free.

Where documents should be sent:

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

                Email
aprnvalidation@ana.org

 

How to Display ANCC Credentials

ANCC recommends the following order for displaying credentials:

  1. Degrees (list highest to lowest)
  2. State license
  3. ANCC credential
  4. Other nursing or nationally recognized credentials
  5. Fellowship

 

Maintain

Renewing an ANCC Certification

Renewing an ANCC certification demonstrates a continuing commitment to life-long learning. ANCC certifications are renewed every five years. We make every effort to notify certified nurses of upcoming renewal dates. However, it is the responsibility of each nurse to be aware of his or her expiration date and submit renewal documents on time.

Encourage your students to store their professional development activities in their ANCC account. It will make the renewal process easier.

ANCC recommends renewal applications be submitted up to three months before the expiration date to ensure seamless certification.

 

Additional Faculty Resources

  • Accreditation Status of your Academic Program
  1. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  2. Accredited Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  3. NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA)
  • Annual ANCC School Aggregate Data Information

The aggregate data reports are generated on an annual basis, usually at the end of the 1st quarter the next year.   ANCC has a policy, in order to protect confidentiality, to only generate reports for schools that have had a minimum of 3 or more graduates to (1) graduate and (2) test within a given year.  For example, if your school had fewer than 3 graduates for a calendar year who tested within that calendar year, there will not be a report generated. 

School requests for a copy of their specific program’s aggregate data report must be sent in writing to Certificationoutreach@ana.org

  • ANCC School Code Listing -Request to be Added/Request for School Name Change

Schools/Universities requesting to be added to the school code list,  or for official school name changes/updates, must complete the ANCC School Code Add_Change School Name Form. The completed form must be submitted electronically to CertificationOutreach@ana.org

The school code listing designation makes it easier for your APRN graduate students to correctly select their school name from the scroll list under “My Education” on the ANCC online application system. The school code designation is also a unique identifier for your ANCC school aggregate data report information.

  • APRN Faculty Webinars

ANCC extends to APRN Faculty and graduate students complimentary webinars on topics relevant to their APRN certification journey. Please send an email request to CertificationOutreach@ana.org to schedule these complimentary webinars.

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