Through the voluntary CECRP, nursing schools can now confirm nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist programs are congruent with eligibility criteria for ANCC national certification. Graduates of programs that achieve CECRP standards will gain a streamlined ANCC certification application process. Participation in the CECRP is not required for your students to seek ANCC certification.
The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education
(APRN Consensus Model
) requires education programs ensure graduates are prepared for national certification, and that official documentation (e.g., transcripts) specify the graduate's role and population focus. Certification programs assess the APRN core and role competencies across at least 1 population in graduate nursing programs. Evidenced required for ANCC CECRP curriculum evaluation include:
- Program title
- Degree conferred
- School's accreditation status
- Information on the program, curriculum, plus clinical and didactic courses
- Syllabus, course description, and educational objectives for each course
Graduates need to establish completion of 100% of the schools accepted program curriculum.
The CECRP also streamlines communication between nursing schools and ANCC on changes that influence ANCC certification applications for future graduates.
Application Process, Fees & Term
- Applications submitted between June 15 and August 15 receive a November decision; between October 15 and December 15, a March decision.
- Fee is $1,600 per program
- CECRP acceptance is valid for 3 years and renewable.
- Request application and submission guidelines from APRNFaculty@ana.org or 1.800.284.2378
ANCC Faculty Liaison: 1.800.284.2378 or APRNFaculty@ana.org