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Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Credential Awarded: PCNS-BC

The ANCC Pediatric 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 specialist. 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: Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist-Board Certified (PCNS-BC). The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification accredits this ANCC certification.

View Eligibility Criteria

Special Announcement
The last application for this exam will be accepted on December 31, 2015. Eligible applicants may take the exam until the final test administration on December 31, 2016. Applications to renew this certification using professional development activities plus testing (option B or D) will be accepted until December 31, 2015. Eligible applicants may take the exam to renew until the final test administration on December 31, 2016. Beginning January 2017, the credential may be renewed if professional development and practice hour requirements are met.

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
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists member
$340
  • 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

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 must submit a renewal application at least 8 weeks before the 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 [pdf]

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.
  6. Questions? Email Customer Care or call 1.800.284.2378
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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.

2014 Pricing & Discounts

Renewal
Non-member
$350
American Nurses Association members pay as low as
$200
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists 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.
Renew Online

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. Questions? Email Customer Care or call 1.800.284.2378

  1. Download Renewal Requirements [pdf] and read renewal FAQs
  2. Click Renew Now at right.
  3. Questions? Refer to General Testing & Renewal Handbook [pdf]
    Email Customer Care or call 1.800.284.2378
Renew Now
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.
  5. Questions? Refer to General Testing & Renewal Handbook [pdf]
    Email Customer Care or call 1.800.284.2378