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).
This credential is valid for 5 years. You can continue to use this credential by maintaining your license to practice and meeting renewal requirements in place at the time of your certification renewal. The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification accredits this ANCC certification.
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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.