CECRP gives nursing schools an advantage by ensuring nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist programs meet all ANCC certification eligibility criteria. Students gain assurance the nursing program they choose qualifies them to seek ANCC national certification.
CECRP is voluntary and not required for graduates to seek ANCC national certification. However, graduates of CECRP-approved programs enjoy a simpler, faster application process to sit for exams and achieve initial certification. Plus, CECRP streamlines communication between nursing schools and ANCC on changes that influence ANCC certification applications for future graduates.
The APRN Consensus Model requires education programs ensure graduates are prepared for national certification. Further, official documentation (e.g., transcripts) must specify the graduate's role and population focus.
With CECRP approval, ANCC assesses the APRN core and role competencies across at least 1 population in graduate nursing programs. All graduates who complete 100% of the approved program curriculum automatically qualify to sit for national certification exams, saving valuable time. Plus, CECRP approval makes nursing programs more attractive to prospective students—a benefit your registrar and future graduates will appreciate.
Without CECRP approval, graduates must first prove eligibility to sit for an exam and wait while ANCC conducts the same assessment for each individual graduate—a process that takes up to 6 weeks per application.
Requirements are based on the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education. CECRP approval is valid for 3 years and may be renewed.
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