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Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Credential Awarded: AGCNS-BC

The ANCC Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist board certification examination is a competency based examination that provides a valid and reliable assessment of the entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of clinical nurse specialists. 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 Clinical Nurse Specialist-Board Certified (AGCNS-BC).

View Eligibility Criteria

Apply for Certification

Initial Certification Application

Read Eligibility Criteria. 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 4.0 hours to answer 200 questions (175 scored plus 25 pretest questions that are not scored). For exam prep resources, scroll to view Study Aids in the left sidebar of this page!

2014 Pricing & Discounts

Initial Certification
Non-member $395
American Nurses Association members pay as low as $270
American Association of Nurse Practitioners member $340
Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) member $340
National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) member $340
  • Introductory price above is non-refundable. Regular 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.
Required with Applications
  1. Final, degree conferred transcripts
  2. Validation of Education Form [pdf] signed by your faculty
  3. Mail to: ANCC, PO Box 8785, Silver Spring, MD 20907-8785
    APRNValidation@ana.org
Apply Online
  1. Read Eligibility Criteria for how to qualify
  2. Click Apply Online at right.
  3. Questions? Refer to General Testing & Renewal Handbook [pdf]
    Email Customer Care or call 1.800.284.2378
Apply Online

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Renew Certification

Renewal Certification Application

Renewal applications are due to ANCC at least 8 weeks prior to your certification expiration.

2014 Pricing & Discounts

Renewal
Non-member
$350
American Nurses Association members pay as low as
$200
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.