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Advanced Forensic Nursing

Credential Awarded: AFN-BC
(Certification through Portfolio)

Once you meet eligibility requirements and successfully pass the portfolio assessment, you are awarded the credential: Advanced Forensic Nursing-Board Certified (AFN-BC).

View Eligibility Criteria

Apply for Certification

Initial Certification Application

Read Eligibility Criteria. You may apply year round for this certification through portfolio. Once you meet eligibility requirements, submit an online application and portfolio for peer review. See Evidence Required for Submission of Application. You may log on multiple times to complete your online portfolio before submitting for peer review. There is no exam. A team of specialty-trained appraisers conducts a thorough portfolio assessment. If you do not pass the portfolio assessment, you may reapply and submit a new fee for this certification through portfolio. Applications for certification through portfolio are accepted online only.  Do not submit an application or portfolio by mail. 

2014 Pricing & Discounts

Initial Certification
Non-member
$525
American Nurses Association members pay as low as
$470
International Association of Forensic Nursing member
$470
  • 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.
Evidence Required for Submission of Application
Completion of an online portfolio includes:
  1. Application Form
  2. Resume Template with focus on specialty
  3. Professional Development Record
  4. Exemplar (narrative addressing criteria)
  5. Performance Evaluation Requirements
    - Self Evaluation (1)
    - Supervisor or Peer Evaluation (1)
Apply Online
  1. Read Eligibility Criteria for how to qualify
  2. Download the Portfolio Content Outline [pdf] for information specific to the Advanced Forensic Nursing portfolio application.
    Note: Portfolio applications are peer-reviewed by a team of trained appraisers who base evaluations on the Portfolio Content Outline (PCO) and Eligibility Criteria. Please review the PCO thoroughly and prepare your portfolio application accordingly. Adherence to the PCO is highly recommended.
  3. Download the Certification Through Portfolio Application Requirements [pdf] for general information and application requirements
  4. Click Apply Online at right.
  5. Questions? Refer to Certification through Portfolio General 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
TRACK
PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT

Renew Certification

Renewal Certification Application

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

2014 Pricing & Discounts

Renewal
Non-member
$465
American Nurses Association members pay as low as
$385
International Association of Forensic Nursing member
$385
  • 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] Coming Soon!
  2. Click Renew Now at right.
  3. Questions? Email Customer Care or call 1.800.284.2378
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