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
New Graduates/Initial Applicants: All students enrolled in a Pediatric CNS program prior to October 31, 2017 who are not yet graduated by that date may continue to sit for the Pediatric CNS exam after October 31, 2017 for up to 6 months after graduation.
Renewal Applicants: If you do not have practice hours, you may renew this certification with professional development activities and testing (renewal option B or D). Applications to renew this certification using professional development activities plus testing (option B or D) will be accepted until December 31, 2016. Renewal applications received after December 31, 2016 must meet the practice hours requirement for renewal.
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 up to 1 year prior to your expiration. You may be ineligible to practice beyond your expiration date.
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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
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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.
- After each activity, gather proof of professional development.
- Click Track Professional Development to the right.
- Enter and save professional development activities.
- 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.
- Log out.
- Questions? Email Customer Care or call 1.800.284.2378