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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Credential Awarded: AGACNP-BC

The ANCC Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner board certification examination is a competency based entry-level examination that provides a valid and reliable assessment of the clinical knowledge and skills of the nurse practitioner. 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: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (AGACNP-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 National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification accredits this ANCC certification.

SPECIAL NOTICE

Effective Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Who is affected: All APRN clinicians (NP and CNS), only.

What to expect, upon check-in (and return from breaks) at Prometric Testing Centers, in addition to existing security protocols:
- Electronic Biometric Capture (at check-in): Prometric staff will fingerprint all NP and CNS applicants.
- Electronic Biometric Capture (upon return from breaks): Prometric staff will fingerprint the candidate when s/he starts and returns from every break.

Additional testing center regulations and more details about “What to Expect on Test Day” are available on the Prometric website; www.prometric.com/en-us/for-test-takers/prepare-for-test-day/pages/what-to-expect.aspx

Please call ANCC at 1.800.284.2378 or send an email to certification@ana.org for additional questions.

  • APPLY
    • Eligibility & Instructions
    • Fees & Discounts
  • Maintain
    • Account Setup
    • Track Professional Development
  • Renew
    • Instructions
    • Fees & Discounts

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, see the STUDY AIDS & CE left sidebar of this page. If you do not pass a certification exam, learn about retesting.

Step 1: Confirm Eligibility and Pricing

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, Postgraduate, or Doctoral Degree

Hold a master's, postgraduate, or doctoral degree* from an adult-gerontology acute care 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 the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner role and population.

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

*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.

(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.)

Pricing & Discounts

Initial Certification
Non-member $395
American Nurses Association members* $270
American Association of Nurse Practitioners member $340
Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) member $340
National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) member $340
  • *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.

Step 2: Apply

Step 3: Submit Education Verification Documents

Mail/E-Mail these materials:
1. All transcripts (Official/Unofficial)
2. Validation of Education Form
signed by your faculty
Mailing address:

ANCC
PO Box 8785
Silver Spring, MD 20907-8785

Questions?

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.

Questions?

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

Pricing & Discounts

Renewal
Non-member
$350
American Nurses Association members
$250
American Association of Nurse Practitioners member $280
Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) member $280
National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) member $280
  • 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 Maintain Certification: Track Professional Development with ANCC. Then return to renew online.

Renew by Mail

  1. Read Renewal Requirements [pdf] and read renewal FAQs
  2. Download Renewal Application [pdf]
  3. This is a fillable PDF form. Type directly into the application, then save to your computer.
    The latest version of Adobe Reader is required. Download Adobe Reader (Free)
  4. Complete and mail to address on renewal application form.

Questions?

RETIRING
  • ANCC Retired Certified Nurse Recognition celebrates achievements for life!