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Advanced Public Health Nursing

Credential Awarded: PHNA-BC

(Certification through Examination)

This ANCC certification exam is retired. New applicants may apply for initial Advanced Public Health Nursing certification through portfolio.

If you currently hold this certification through examination, you may continue to use your credential (PHNA-BC). The credential may be renewed if professional development and practice hour requirements are met. Testing is not an option for this certification renewal.

Special Notice May 16, 2017

Recently, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) became aware that nurses holding two different certifications were using the same credentialing acronym. Accordingly, the Commission on Certification (COC) made the determination that nurses holding ANCC's Advanced Public Health Nursing certification would be required to change the credential from APHN-BC to PHNA-BC.

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.


Renew Certification

Renewal Certification Application

Renew online OR by mail; not both. Renewal applications are due to ANCC at least 8 weeks prior to your certification expiration.

Step 1: Review Requirements, FAQs, and Pricing

Pricing & Discounts

American Nurses Association members
American Public Health Association - Public Health Nursing Section member
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists member
  • 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.


  • ANCC Retired Certified Nurse Recognition celebrates achievements for life!