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Facts About the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is an active participant in the development and launch of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education. This transformative model will provide needed uniformity for the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) profession. Following is a summary of the changes, and how they will affect ANCC certification:

Why is the Consensus Model Needed?

  • The consensus model was designed to align the inter-relationships among licensure, accreditation, certification, and education to create a more uniform practice across the country. We anticipate that the consistency – and clarity – that results from the new model will take advanced practice nursing to the next level, benefiting individual nurses and enhancing patient care.
  • The consensus model is the product of a collaborative effort among more than 40 organizations (including ANCC) that have an interest in making the practice more uniform.
  • ANCC is leading the way to ensure that this transformative model will enhance the certification process. APRNs, educators, and collaborative organizations should turn to ANCC for the most up-to-date information regarding the consensus model's effects on certification.
  • Full implementation of the consensus model will require coordination groups that represent licensure, accreditation, certification, and education. We expect full implementation of the consensus model to be complete by 2015.

Impact of the Consensus Model on Certification

  • As implementation of the new consensus model progresses, ANCC's certification programs may change to more closely reflect the roles and populations required in the model. To help APRNs make the transition as smoothly as possible, ANCC will provide advance notice and information on the effects of any required changes.
  • ANCC will continue to offer its current APRN certification programs as we explore the logistics necessary to make the transition to the new model.
  • Existing ANCC credentials will not change, and can be maintained through timely certification renewal.
  • Some certifications and their associated credentials may be retired by ANCC. If this happens, ANCC will provide advance notice and information on the effects of the change. While no new certifications are granted after a certification is retired, ANCC does allow currently certified nurses to maintain their credentials on retired certifications through timely renewals.
  • ANCC will continue to require that APRNs complete the educational program area that corresponds to the certification they wish to pursue. The new model will require that these educational programs include three broad-based and separate graduate-level courses of advanced physiology/pathophysiology, health assessment, and pharmacology.
  • If you are currently certified you can continue to renew your certification without completing any new initial certification requirements.