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Speciality Certification Boards

This section displays nursing organizations providing certifications and a brief description of the requirements. Many organizations offer numerous speciality certifications that are listed alphabetically under the organization for ease of review.

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  • AMERICAN NURSES CREDENTIALING CENTER
    (27 Certifications Listed) CNSRequirements: All candidates must hold a currently active RN license.
    Fees: ANA members, $180; non-members, $370; discount $300
    NP Fees (computer): ANA members, $230; nonmembers $370; discount, $30
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (CS)
    Requirements: Must hold a master's or higher degree in nursing. Must have been prepared as an adult nurse practitioner in a master's degree program, or a formal postgraduate acute care nurse practitioner program within a school of nursing granting graduate-level academic credit. Or an adult nurse practitioner master's degree in nursing program with a minimum of 500 hours of post-masters practice within 2 years after completion of the ANP program in advanced practice role, providing direct services to patients who are acutely or critically ill. Adult NP option valid only through December 31, 2000.
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner (CS)
    Requirements: Must hold a master's degree or higher in nursing. Must have been prepared as an adult nurse practitioner (ANP) in either an ANP master's degree in nursing program or a family nurse practitioner master's degree in nursing program. Or a formal postgraduate ANP or family nurse practitioner track or program within a school of nursing granting graduate level academic credit, FNP option valid through December 31, 2001.
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse (C)
    Requirements: Must hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing. Must have practiced, as a licensed RN, for a minimum of 2 years. Provide evidence of successful completion of the American Heart Association's ACLS program. Currently practice in a cardiac rehab setting an average of 8 hours per week, have a minimum of 2,000 hours of hospital experience in critical care or acute coronary care; have 30 contact hours of continuing education applicable to cardiac rehabilitation within the past 3 years.
  • Case Management - Exam 30 (Cm)
    (Modular Certification) Requirements: Must have a core nursing specialty certification. Must hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing. Must have functioned within the scope of a RN case manager a minimum of 2,000 hours within the past 2 years.
  • Case Management - Exam 31 (Cm)
    (Modular Certification) Requirements: For candidates who do not hold a core nursing specialty certification. Must hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing. Must have functioned within the scope of a RN case manager a minimum of 4,000 hours, with at least 2,000 of those hours as a nurse case manager within the past 2 years.
  • Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (CS)
  • Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (CS) Requirements: Must hold a master's degree or higher in nursing with a university-identified major in psychiatric and mental health (PMH) nursing; or hold a master's or higher degree in nursing outside the PMH field with a minimum of 18 graduate or postgraduate academic credits in PMH theory. A minimum of 9 of these 18 graduate or postgraduate credits must contain didactic and clinical experiences specific to PMH nursing theory. Must be currently involved in direct patient contact for an average of 4 hours per week. Must be currently involved in clinical consultation or supervision and have experience in at lest two different treatment modalities. Must have 800 hours of direct patient/client contact in advanced clinical practice of PMH nursing. Up to 400 of these hours may be earned through the clinical practicum of the master's program. Must document 100 hours of supervision with a qualified supervisor. Up to 50 hours of supervision may be earned within the master's program.
  • Clinical Specialist in Community Health Nursing (CS)
    Requirements: Must hold a master's degree or higher in nursing with a specialization in community/public health nursing. Currently practice an average of 12 hours weekly in community/public health nursing. Must have practiced post-master's a minimum of 800 hours in community/public health nursing in the past 24 months. Applications will also be reviewed with a master's or higher degree in nursing or a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a master's or higher degree in public health.
  • Clinical Specialist in Gerontology (CS)
    Requirements: Must hold a master's degree or higher in gerontological nursing, or with a specialization in gerontological nursing. Must have practiced 12 months following completion of the master's degree. If a clinical nurse specialist, must have provided 800 hours (post-master's) of direct patient care or clinical management in gerontological nursing in the past 24 months. If a consultant, researcher, educator or administrator, must have provided 400 hours (post-master's) of direct patient care or clinical management in gerontological nursing in the past 24 months.
  • Clinical Specialist in Home Health Nursing (CS)
    Requirements: Must hold a master's degree or higher in nursing and within the past 24 months have practiced as a licensed RN in home health nursing a minimum or 1,000 hours (post-master's). If graduated from a CS in home health nursing program, 50% of the clinical practice within the graduate program may be applied toward the 1,000 hours of practice requirement. Must currently provide at least 8 hours per week of direct patient care or clinical management in home health nursing.
  • Clinical Specialist in Medical-Surgical Nursing (CS)
    Requirements: Must hold a master's degree in nursing with evidence of medical-surgical concentration. Must be currently providing direct patient care in medical-surgical nursing an average of 4 hours or more weekly. Must have practiced 12 months following completion of the master's degree and have provided 800 hours of direct patient care within the last 24 months. If employed as a consultant, researcher, administrator or educator, must have provided direct patient care in medical-surgical nursing 400 hours (post-master's) within the past 24 months.
  • College Health Nurse (C)
    Requirements: Must hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing. Must have a minimum of 1500 hours of practice as a licensed RN in college health nursing and currently practice college health nursing an average of 8 hours per week (minimum of 288 hours per year). Must have 30 contact hours of continuing education in specialty in past 3 years.
  • Community Health Nurse (C)
    Requirements: Must hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing. Must have practiced as a licensed RN in community health nursing a minimum of 1,500. Must have 30 contact hours of continuing education in the specialty within the past 3 years.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (CS)
    Requirements: Must hold a master's or higher degree in nursing. Must have been prepared as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) in either an FNP master's degree in nursing program or a formal post-graduate track or program within a school of nursing granting graduate-level academic credit.
  • General Nursing Practice (C)
    Requirements: Must hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing. Must have a minimum of 4000 hours as a RN in general nursing practice; 2,000 of which were within the past 3 years. This requirement can be met by providing direct patient care or clinical management, supervision, education or direction of others to achieve patient goals.
  • Gerontological Nurse (C)
    Requirements: Must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing. Must have a minimum of 4,000 hours of practice as a RN in gerontological nursing, 2,000 of which must have been within the past 2 years. (Time spent in a formal program of advanced nursing study may count toward 300 hours). Must have 30 hours of continuing education applicable to gerontology/gerontological nursing within the past two years. Practice requirements can be met if candidates have engaged in direct patient care or clinical management, supervision, education or direction of others to achieve patient goals.
  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (CS)
    Requirements: Must hold a master's degree in nursing. Must have been prepared as a nurse practitioner in either a gerontological nurse practitioner (GNP) master's degree in nursing program or a formal postgraduate GNP track or program within a school of nursing granting graduate level academic credit.
  • Home Health Nurse (C)
    Requirements: Must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing. Must have practiced as a licensed RN in home health nursing for a minimum of 1,500 hours. Must currently practice home health nursing a minimum of 8 hours per week and have 20 contact hours of continuing education in specialty within the past 2 years.
  • Informatics Nurse (C)
    Requirements: Must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing. Must have practiced as a licensed RN for a minimum of 2 years. Must have practiced at least 2,000 hours in the field of informatics nursing within the past 5 years, or have completed at least 12 semester hours of credits in informatics in a graduate program in nursing and have practiced a minimum of 1,000 hours within the past 5 years. Must have 20 contact hours of continuing education in specialty in the past 2 years.
  • Medical-Surgical Nurse (C)
    Requirements: Must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing. Must have practiced a minimum of 4,000 hours as a RN in medical-surgical nursing, with 2,000 hours within the past 2 years. Must currently practice medical-surgical nursing an average of 8 hours per week. Requirements may be met if engaged in direct patient care or clinical management, supervision, education, or direction of others to achieve patient goals. Also must have 30 contact hours of continuing education in specialty within the past 3 years.
  • Nursing Administration (CNA)
    Requirements: Must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing. Must have held an administrative position at nurse manager or nurse executive level for at least 24 months full time service within the past 5 years. Must have 30 hours of continuing education in specialty in the past 2 years, or hold a master's degree in nursing.
  • Nursing Administration, Advanced (CNAA)
    Requirements: Must hold a master's degree or higher. For nurses first licensed in 1990 and after, if the master's degree is not in nursing, a baccalaureate in nursing will be required. Also must have held an administrative position at the nurse executive level for at least 24 months full-time service within the past 5 years. Must have 30 hours of continuing education in specialty in the past 2 years, or hold a master's degree in nursing administration.
  • Nursing Continuing Education/Staff Development (C)
    Requirements: Must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing; have practiced as an RN in nursing continuing education and/or staff development for a minimum of 4,000 hours during the past 5 years. Must be currently practicing as a RN in continuing education and/or staff development an average of 20 hours or more per week. Must have 20 contact hours of continuing education in specialty in the past 2 years.
  • Pediatric Nurse (C)
    Requirements: Must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing. Must have at least 2,100 hours as a RN in pediatric nursing. (Time spent in formal program of advanced nursing study may count for 300 hours). This requirement can be met if engaged in direct patient care or clinical management, supervision, education or the direction of others to achieve patient goals. Also must have 30 contact hours of continuing education applicable to pediatric nursing within the past 3 years.
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CS)
    Requirements: Must hold a master's degree in nursing. Must have been prepared as a nurse practitioner in either a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) or family nurse practitioner (FNP) master's degree nursing program; or a formal post graduate PNP/FNP track or program within a school of nursing granting graduate-level academic credit. Must have practiced as a nurse practitioner in pediatrics for 600 hours within the past 3 years post graduation if an FNP graduate.
  • Perinatal Nurse (C)
    Requirements: Must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing. Must have practiced 2,100 hours as a RN in perinatal nursing in the past 3 years. (Time spent in a formal program of advanced nursing study may count for 300 hours). This requirement can be met in direct patient care or clinical management, supervision, education or direction of others to achieve patient goals. Also must have had 30 contact hours of continuing education in specialty within the past 3 years.
  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse (C)
    Requirements: Must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing. Must have practiced as a RN in direct psychiatric and mental health nursing 24 of the past 48 months. Within this time, must have engaged in direct psychiatric and mental health nursing with a minimum of 1,600 hours, to be currently involved in direct psychiatric and mental health nursing practice for an average of 8 hours per week. Must have access to clinical consultation/supervision and provide a reference from a nurse colleague. Must have had 30 contact hours of continuing education in specialty within the past 3 years.
  • School Nurse (C) School Nurse Practitioner (C)
    Requirements: As of January 1, 2000, the school nurse and school nurse practitioner exams will no longer be offered. Any currently certified school nurses or school nurse practitioners will be allowed to recertify by the continuing education option.

  • ADDICTIONS NURSING
    (CARN) Requirements: Must have 3 years of experience as an RN and 4,000 hours of addiction nursing practice as an RN within the past 5 years. Experience may be as a staff nurse, administrator, educator, consultant, counselor, private practitioner or researcher. Fees: NNSA Members, $175; nonmembers, $260 Recertifying: Valid for 4 years. May retake exam or document continuing education.

  • AMBULATORY CARE NURSING
    (RN.Cm) (RN.C.Cm) Address: Requirements: A valid RN license in the U.S. and meet the other eligibility criteria. If educated in Canada, their nursing education transcript will have to be reviewed by a foreign equivalency agency (at the nurses* expense). Clinical experience will be reviewed to assure that it meets the ambulatory care criteria. In order to sit for a modular certification (such as ambulatory care nursing) a nurse needs to demonstrate core clinical skills and standards of practice. For this reason, there are two forms of the ambulatory care nursing certification exam. The standard form is to be taken by nurses who already have a core nursing specialty certification. The second form is to be taken by nurses without a core nursing specialty certification and will contain 50 additional questions related to the ANA*s Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice. Nurses taking the second form will receive two scores: one for the core clinical skills and standards of practice, the other for ambulatory nurse certification. Both tests must be passed to become certified. If either part is not passed, the entire exam must be retaken to certify.
    Fees: Member rate: $230; Discount rate: $300; Nonmember rate: $370
    Recertifying: Information not available.

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  • BAROMEDICAL NURSING
    (CHN, ACHN, HNC)
    Requirements:
    (CHN) RN...Graduated from an accredited school and who is currently licensed in the state where they practice hyperbaric nursing. Holds a current certification in BLS. Must complete a 40-hour NBDHMT accrediated primary hyperbaric course. Must have a minimum of one year hyperbaric experience with a minimum of 200 hours. Letter of recommendation from employer including validation of hyperbaric experience.

    (ACHN) Advanced Certified Hyperbaric Nurse. In addition to meeting the qualifications of the outlined above, the nurse applying for this level must have 3 years experience working a minimum of 20 hours per week. Written documentation of two of the following: Contributes to the administrative activities of the Hyperbaric Unit, Teaches in the field of hyperbaric medicine, or Provides primary responsibility for planning/coordinating nursing care for hyperbaric patients

    (HNC) Hyperbaric Nurse Clinician. Must have a Master's degree in nursing or health related are from an accredited program. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience in the filed of hyperbaric oxygen therapy currently working 20 or more hours per week. Must have written documentation of three of the following: Responsible for administrative and nursing care activities of the hyperbaric unit, Speaker at regional/national hyperbaric conferences or workshops, or Contributes to the production of hyperbaric materials for regional/national distribution, i.e. journal articles, manuals, videos, etc. Active participation in the BNA, UHMS or Associates as an officier or committee member. Principle investigator or co-investigator in a published hyperbaric or related research study. Fees: Information not available. Recertifying: Information not available.

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  • CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS
    (LCCE, formerly ACCE) Address: Lamaze International 1200 19th Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, D.C. 20036 E-mail: lamaze@dc.sba.com Requirements: Must be a graduate of a Lamaze-accredited childbirth educator program, or currently licensed RN, CNM, RPT, MD; or awarded a baccalaureate or higher degree from a recognized institute of higher education; or be a graduate from another childbirth educator program (i.e. ICEA, Bradley, Best). You will also need documentation of 3 years of childbirth education teaching experience within the past 5 years, consisting of at least 144 instructional hours; and documentation of 30 contact hours of continuing education to childbirth education within the past 3 years. Fees: Lamaze international members, $225; non-members, $350 Recertifying: Information not available

  • CRITICAL CARE NURSING
    AACN Certifying Corporation
    Fees: For all 4 programs: AACN members, $200; non-members, $300

    Adult Critical Care Nurses
    (CCRN) Requirements: Must have been actively involved in the care of acutely and critically ill patients. Must have a minimum of 1,750 hours within the 2 years preceding application with 875 hours in the year previous to application. Current, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. Recertifying: Valid for 3 years. May retake exam or document continuing education.

    Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

    (CCNS) Requirements: Must have a current, unrestricted RN license in U.S., or its territories; a Master's Degree in Nursing; and 500 hours in direct clinical practice (within the master's program or as a CNS). Recertifying: Valid for 4 years. Must meet eligibility requirements for renewal and completing a personal portfolio based on sefl-assessment of learning needs.

    Neonatal Critical Care Nurse
    (CCRN) Requirements: Must have been actively involved in the care of acutely and critically ill neonatal patients. Must have a minimum of 1,750 hours within the 2 years preceding application with 875 hours in the year previous to application. Current, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. Recertifying: Valid for 3 years. May retake exam or document continuing education.

    Pediatric Critical Care Nurse
    (CCRN) Requirements: Must have been actively involved in the care of acutely and critically ill pediatric patients. Must have a minimum of 1,750 hours within the 2 years preceding application with 875 hours in the year previous to application. Current, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. Recertifying: Valid for 3 years. May retake exam or document continuing education.

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  • DIABETES EDUCATORS (CDE)
    National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators
    Requirements: Must hold current, unrestricted U.S. license or registration as an RN, RD, physician, pharmacist, podiatrist, PA, PT, OT, or be a health care professional. With a minimum of a master's degree, from a U.S. college or university in: nutrition, social work, clinical psychology, exercise physiology, health education or specified concentrations in public health. Must be currently practicing in direct diabetes patient and self-management education within the U.S. or its territories. Must have completed a minimum of 2 years (24 months) of experience and a minimum of 1,000 hours of practice in direct diabetes patient and self-management education within the U.S. or it's territories. This must be done over a period of no less than 2 years and no more than 5 years after meeting education requirements and before applying for the certification exam. Fees: $250 Recertifying: Valid for 5 years, must retake exam.

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  • EMERGENCY NURSING (CEN)
    Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing

    Requirements: Must have current, unrestricted RN license. Recommended 2 years experience in emergency nursing practice and Emergency Nurses Association membership. Fees: ENA members, $130; nonmembers, $240 Recertifying: Information not available.

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  • FLIGHT NURSE
    (CFRN) (Emergency Nursing)
    Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing

    Requirements: Must have current, unrestricted RN license. Recommended 2 years experience in flight nursing practice. Fees: NFNA Members, $150, nonmembers, $275 Recertifying: Information not available.

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  • GASTROENTEROLOGY
    (CGA, CGN, CGRN, CGT)
    Certifying Board of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc
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    Requirements: Must have worked in gastroenterology for 2 years full time or part-time equivalent within the past 5 years or 4,000 hours. Fees: SGNA members, $300; nonmembers, $275 Recertifying: Valid for 5 years. Must retake the exam or recertify with 100 contact hours.

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  • HEALTHCARE QUALITY
    (CPHQ) Requirements: Education: Associate, baccalaureate, final, masters or doctoral college degree in any field or Registered Nurse (RN) license or license in practical nursing (LVN or LPN) or accreditation in medical records technology (Registered Health Information Technician, RHIT, or Registered Health Information Administrator, RHIA). And Experience: Minimum of two years full-time experience or its part-time equivalent (4,160 hours) in quality improvement, quality management, case/care/disease/utilization management and/or risk management activities within the last five years by the date of the examination. Candidates must meet BOTH the education and experience minimum requirement to be eligible to register for the examination. Fees: NAHQ member, $350 (specials for "early birds"); non-members, Not available at this time. Recertifying: Valid for 2 years. Each CPHQ is required to maintain certification by meeting continuing education requirements consisting of 30 CE hours.

  • HIV/AIDS NURSING
    (ACRN) Requirements: Must be met by the application deadline: Currently licensed as a registered nurse in the United States or the international equivalent. At least two years of experience in clinical practice, education, management, or research related to HIV/AIDS nursing are recommended. Must have completed and filed an application for the certification examination in HIV/AIDS nursing. Payment of required fee. Fees: ANAC members, $200; nonmembers, $350; Special Testing Center Fee, $100. Note: Pay the special testing center fee only if a special testing center is being requested. Recertifying: Valid for a period of four years at which time the candidate must retake and pass the current certification examination in HIV/AIDS nursing, or acquire 70 continuing education (CE) credits

  • HOLISTIC NURSING
    (HNC) Certification.html Requirements: Must have current, unrestricted license as an RN (after December 31, 1999, and a minimum of a baccalaureate). Minimum of 1 year full time practice as a holistic nurse or part-time for a minimum of 2000 hours within the last 5 years. Must have a minimum of 48 contact hours of continuing education in areas of holistic nursing. Must meet criteria for qualitative assessment and pass the national exam. Call toll free, (877) 284-0998, for information. Fees: $25 application; $150 qualitative assessment; $210 quantitative test. Recertifying: Valid for 5 years. May recertify with 100 CE hours of which 20 must be holistic nursing.

  • HOMECARE EXECUTIVES CERTIFICATION
    Look at this candidate information for certification program, exam requirements and testing procedures.

  • HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE NURSING
    (CHPN) Requirements: Must fulfill the following requirement by the application postmark deadline. Be currently licensed as a registered nurse in the United States or the equivalent in Canada. A copy of your current valid license must be submitted with your application. In lieu of a copy of your license, you may submit an original letter from your state board of nursing attesting to your current license status. Canadian applicants must submit a copy of their current valid license or an official, embossed letter from the Nursing License Authority. The NBCHPN recommends that candidates should have at least two years of experience in hospice and palliative nursing practice to be considered eligible for certification as a CHPN. Fees: HPNA members, $230; Non-HPNA members, $330 Recertifying: Will be by written examination, but, the NBCHN is currently pursuing a course that is more in line with other certifying organizations.

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  • INFECTION CONTROL
    (CIC) Requirements: Interdisciplinary for RN's, medical technologists and physicians. Must have a minimum of a baccalaureate in a health care related field. There is a waiver process for candidates who do not meet the education requirements. Must have practiced infection control for a minimum of 2 years. Fees: $245; recertification $195 Recertifying: Valid for 5 years. May retake the exam or the Self-Assessment Recertification Examination (SARE).

  • INFOMATICS NURSING
    (RN, CS) Requirements: Effective with the 1998 test administration, a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing will be required for all generalist examinations that do not currently have this requirement. A baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing is currently required for all new generalist certification examinations. Must currently hold an active RN license in the United States or its territories. Must hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing and have practiced as a licensed registered nurse for a minimum of 2 years. Must meet the following in your current practice; a. Have practiced at least 2,000 hours in the field of Informatics Nursing within the past 5 years; or, b. Have completed at least 12 semester hours of academic credits in informatics in a graduate program in nursing and have practiced a minimum of 1,000 hours in informatics nursing within the past 5 years. Must have had 20 contact hours of continuing education applicable to the specialty area within the past 2 years; author/presenter credits are allowable, but can account for not more than one-half of the contact hour requirement. Author's work must be in a refereed publication. A combination of continuing education and academic credit hours will be acceptable. Contact hour credit will be allowed for attendance at professional meetings, which include content appropriate to informatics nursing practice. Independent study, which has been approved for continuing education or academic credit is also allowed. Fees: Member rate $220, Application fee $30, Examination fee $190; Nonmember rate $360 Application fee $60 Examination fee $300 Recertifiying: Valid for five (5) years. After completing stipulated practice requirements, you may choose to recertify by examination or by obtaining appropriate contact hours of continuing education.

  • INTRAVENOUS NURSING
    (CRNI) Requirements: Candidate must have a minimum of 1,600 hours of experience as a RN in intravenous therapy, within the past 2 years prior to the date of application. Must have a current RN license in the U.S. or Canada and must complete the CRNI examination form. Fees: INS Members, $250; nonmembers, $400 Recertifying: Valid for 3 years. Must renew by exam or continuing education.

  • INTRAVENOUS NURSING
    (CINA) (CANADA) Requirements: A minimum of five candidates per site is required. The certification exam is an objective test that covers the basic elements of intravenous therapy including: anatomy & physiology; fluids and electrolytes; blood component therapy; complications; IV solutions and drug administration; special considerations i.e., pediatrics and TPN; Central venous access devices and chemotherapy. A passing grade is 75%. The exam is available for CINA members. Fee: No information available. Recertifying: Valid for 5 years. Effective January 2000 - You must accumulate a minimum of 100 points in a 5 year period from the date of initial certification to maintain your certified status. If you choose not to participate, you will be required to write a recertification examination

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  • LACTATION CONSULTANT
    (IBCLC) International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners 7309 Arlington Blvd., Suite 300 Falls Chursch, VA 22042-3215 Requirements: Those with a baccalaureate degree or higher must have 2,500BC practice hours. Those with 60 academic credits (associate degree or RN Diploma) must have 4,000 hours of practice. Alternate pathways are available. Must have 30 hours of education specific to breastfeeding within 3 years prior to taking the exam. Fees: $395 Recertifying: Valid for 5 years. Recertification may be by exam or by continuing education. Every 10 years by exam only.

  • LEGAL NURSE CONSULTANTS
    (LNCC) Requirements: Current licensure as a registered nurse in the United States or its territories, with a full and unrestricted license a minimum of two years' experience practicing as a registered nurse a minimum of a bachelor's degree or the equivalent of five years' experience as a legal nurse consultant. For examinations in 2004 and beyond, applicants must hold a minimum of a baccalaureate in nursing. Evidence of 2000 hours of legal nurse consulting experience in a staff, administrative, teaching, or private practice capacity within the past three years. For examinations in 2004 and beyond, all applicants must provide evidence of completion of a designated number of hours of continuing education for nurses in the area of legal nurse consulting within the past two years.

  • LONG TERM CARE
    (Fellows in the NADONA/LTC) Requirements: For RN's to be eligible to take the exam you must also be a citizen of the United States or have proof of legal residency with at least 12 months experience as a DON or ADON. Fees: No information available. Recertifying: No information available.

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  • MANAGED CARE NURSING
    (CMCN) Requirements: Registered nurse license or license in practical nursing or a current license to practice nursing in any American state, territory, or protectorate. Completion of the prescribed curriculum of the American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN), or, an affidavit that attests to completion of equivalent course work taken elsewhere. Fees: $225.00. Recertifying: Valid for professional lifetime activity.

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  • NEPHROLOGY NURSING
    (CHN, CPDN, CHT, CNN) Requirements: (CHN, CPHN, CHT) Must have current U.S. license; technologists must have a high school diploma or equivalent; both must have 1 year experience in caring for patients with end-stage renal disease. Fees: Exam, $185, Annual Fee, $45. Recertifying: Valid for 4 years. Must submit documentation of 45 CEUs (30 nephrology-related) every 4 years or retake exam. Requirements: (CNN) Must have a current RN license in the U.S. or its territories. Within 3 years prior to the application must have a minimum of 2 years' nephrology experience as an RN, with at least 50% of employment hours in nephrology nursing. Fees: ANNA members, $175; nonmembers, $225 Recertifying: Valid for 3 years. May recertify by accruing 60 CE contact hours during that period, or retake the exam.

  • NEUROSCIENCE NURSING
    (CNRN) Requirements: Must have 2 years experience in neuroscience nursing. Must be engaged in clinical practice or as a consultant, researcher, administrator, or educator in neuroscience nursing. Fees: AANN members, $175, nonmembers, $250. Recertifying: Valid for 5 years. Must recertify through CE units or by retaking the exam.

  • NURSE ANESTHESIST
    (CRNA) Requirements: Must be a graduate of a nurse anesthesia educational program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and maintain a current, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. or its territories. Must certify that RN license is not currently or has ever been subject to investigation or legal action. Must show there is no mental, physical or other problems that could interfere with the practice of anesthesia. Fees: $525 Recertifying: Valid for 2 years. Document 40 hours of approved continuing education.

  • NURSE MIDWIFERY AND MIDWIFERY
    (CNM, CM) Requirements: Satisfactory completion of an accredited midwifery program. Exam must be taken within 12 months of completing the program. Fees: $425 Recertifying: Recertify every 8 years by (option 1) completing 1 ACC certificate module in each of the following: antepartum, intrapartum/newborn and postpartum/gynecology. Must also accrue 2 CEU's of ACNM or ACCME Category I approved activities. Or, (Option 2) passing exam and accruing 2 CEU's of ACNM or ACCME Category I approved activities.

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  • OBSTETRICAL, GYENECOLIC AND NEONATAL NURSES
    (RNC)The following 6 subspecialties all issue a RNC certification upon successful completion. All fees are $250. Women's Health Care Practitioner (WHCP) Requirements: Graduation from a post-basic RN educational program that prepares WHNPs and awards one of the following: certificate in the specialty, graduate degree in the specialty, post Masters' in the specialty. Effective January 1, 2007, a graduate degree in the specialty nursing area will be required of all applicants for the Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner examination. No Practice Experience or Recent Employment Required.
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
    (NNP) Requirements: Graduation from a post-baccalaureate education program that prepares NNPs and awards either a graduate degree in the specialty or a post Master's degree in the specialty. A graduate degree is a new requirement beginning January1, 2000. No Practice Experience or Recent Employment Required.
  • Inpatient Obstetric Nursing
    (INPT) Requirements: Two years of specialty experience comprised of a minimum of 2,000 practice hours sometime during your career as an RN. Employed in the inpatient OB nursing field sometime in the last 24 months
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
    (NIC) Requirements: Two years of specialty experience comprised of a minimum of 2,000 practice hours sometime during your career as an RN. Employed in the neonatal intensive care nursing field sometime in the last 24 months
  • Low Risk Neonatal Nursing
    (LRN) Requirements: Two years of specialty experience comprised of a minimum of 2,000 practice hours
    some time during your career as an RN. Employed in the low risk neonatal nursing field some time in the last 24 months
  • Maternal Newborn Nursing
    (MNN) Requirements: Two years of specialty experience comprised of a minimum of 2,000 practice hours some time during your career as an RN. Employed in the maternal newborn nursing field sometime in the last 24 months.

  • OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSING
    (COHN, COHN-S) Requirements: Must have a valid RN license and a baccalaureate degree in nursing is required for COHN-S. Must prove 75 course contact hours in occupational health or in courses related to occupational health, within the preceding 5 years. Must have 2.5 years (5,000 hours) of experience in occupational health nursing. Must be employed a minimum of 8 hours a week in occupational health nursing. Individual consideration is given to occupational health nurses who meet the experience criteria but are currently enrolled full time in a graduate program of study in occupational health nursing or in a related field. Fees: Application $50; exam, $275; recertification, $225. Recertifying: Valid for 5 years. Recertify with 75 CE hours in occupational health and 5,000 hours of work experience, or 100 CE hours and 3,000 hours of work experience.

  • OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSE CASE MANAGER
    (COHN/CM, COHN-S/CM) Address: Same as above: Requirements: Must have a current nursing license. Must have a COHN or COHN-S. Must have 10 CE hours in case management in the past 5 years. Fees: Application, $35; exam, $150; Recertification $100 Recertifying: Valid for 5 years. Recertify with 75 CE hours in occupational health and 5,000 hours of work experience or 100 CE hours and 3,000 hours of work experience.

  • ONCOLOGY NURSING (OCN, AOCN)
    Address: Requirements: (OCN) Must have a current RN license, with a minimum of 12 months of experience as a RN within the last 3 years and 1,000 hours of oncology nursing practice within the past 30 months. Fees: ONS members, $195; nonmembers, $285. Recertifying: Valid for 4 years. Must renew every other cycle by ONC-PRO; must take test at least every 8 years. Requirements: (AOCN) Must have current RN license and master's degree or higher in nursing, with a minimum of 30 months of experience as an RN, within the last 5 years, prior to application. Must have 2,000 hours of oncology nursing practice within the past 5 years. Fees: ONS members, $225; nonmembers, $315. Recertifying: Valid for 4 years. Must renew every other cycle by ONC-PRO; must take test at least every 8 years.

  • OPHTHALMIC NURSING
    (CRNO) Requirements: Must have at least 2 years of full time (4,000 hours) experience in ophthalmic nursing practice. Fees: ASORN members, $225; nonmembers, $300. Recertifying: Valid for 5 years. Must retake the exam.

  • ORTHOPAEDIC NURSING
    (ONC) Requirements: Must hold a current, full and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States, or its possessions. Or hold a current, full and unrestricted license to practice as a first-level, general nurse in the country in which one's general nursing education was completed. And meet the eligibility criteria for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States in accordance with requirements of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). Must have 2 full years of experience practicing as a RN, or with an equivalent license as described above and have a minimum of 1000 hours of work experience as an RN in orthopaedic nursing practice within the past 3 years. The ONCB accepts, but does not limit the practitioner to orthopaedic experience in the areas of administration, adult care, clinic, critical care, education, emergency room, home health care, long-term care, medical-surgical nursing, office practice, oncology, operating room, and pediatrics Fee: NAON Member, $205.00; Nonmember, $285.00 Recertifying: Valid for 5 years. Certification renewal may be accomplished through continuing education or by examination.

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  • PAIN MANAGEMENT
    (FAAPM) Address: American Academy of Pain Management 13947 Mono Way #A Sonoro, CA 95370 Requirements: Interdisciplinary with 3 levels of certification. Nurses who are doctorally prepared become diplomats; nurses with a master's degree become fellows. Both must have 2 years experience working with patients who have pain. Baccalaureate prepared nurses earn a clinical associate status and must have 5 years of relevant experience in pain management. All must submit three professional letters of reference, official academic transcripts, curriculum vitae, license and application. Must also pass the certification exam. Fees: $250; Test, $175; annual renewal, $140. Recertifying: Valid for 4 years. Recertify by documenting 100 contact hours of continuing education.

  • PEDIATRIC NURSING
    (CPN, CPNP) Requirements: (CPN) Must provide documentation of basic nursing program accredited by National Commission on Certifying Agencies. Applicants with a BSN must document 2 years of full time (3,500 hours) experience in the pediatric nursing specialty including direct patient care, teaching, administration, research or consultation within the past 5 years. All candidates must have at least a BSN. Fee: $250 Recertifying: Valid for 5 years. May either retake the exam or document 1 CEU or academic credit in pediatric nursing each year. Requirements: (CPNP) Must be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States and provide documentation of current RN licensure at the time of application. Must possess a minimum of a Masters of Science in Nursing or a Doctorate in Nursing from a nationally accredited program. Must be a graduate of a program granting a PNP masters degree in nursing or of a post-master's PNP program included on the current "NCBPNP/N Recognized Programs Preparing Pediatric Nurse Practitioners". PNP programs included on this listing have been reviewed by expert PNP educators and have met the standards for PNP curriculum integrity identified by the NCBPNP/N and the national Association of Faculties of PNP Programs. Graduation from one of the NCBPNP/N's approved Pediatric Nurse Practitioner programs must be verified by submission of a Documentation of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Education Form and official sealed transcript; both must be mailed directly from the educational institution. Fees: $350 Recertifying: Valid for 5 years. May either retake the exam or participate in annual self-assessment and CEU documentation.

  • PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY
    (CPON) Address: Requirements: Must have a current RN license. Must have 2 years experience as a RN with 500 hours pediatric oncology nursing practice within the past 2 years. Fees: ONS or APON members, $225; nonmembers, $315. Recertifying: Valid for 4 years. After passing ONCC-administered CPON exam, may renew every other year by ONC-PRO; must take test every 8 years.

  • PERIANESTHESIA NURSING
    (CPAN, CAPA) Requirements: A current and unrestricted Registered Nurse license in the United States or any of its territories which use the NCLEX examination as the basis for determining RN licensure 1800 hours of experience caring for perianesthesia patients. Nurses working in staff nurse, manager, teacher, or researcher roles, in the perianesthesia specialty, are eligible for certification Submission of an application, all required documentation of eligibility and payment of fees. Successful completion of either the CPAN or CAPA certification exam is required. Fees: ASPAN member* $235.00, Non-ASPAN member $335.00 Recertifying: Valid for 3 years. Two options are available when seeking recertification. Only one option may be selected at the time of recertification, either re-examination or through ABPANC's continual learning program. It is not permissible to take the examination and if unsuccessful, to renew through continual learning activities.

  • PERIOPERATIVE NURSING
    (CNOR) Requirements: Candidate must be currently licensed, without provision or condition, as a registered nurse in the country where currently practicing. Candidate must have completed a minimum of two years and 2400 hours of perioperative practice as a registered nurse in an administrative, teaching, research or general staff capacity. The practice may be full or part time. Candidate must have been employed in an administrative, teaching, research or general staff capacity in perioperative nursing as a registered nurse (part time or full time) at some time within the two-year period immediately preceding application. Fees: AORN Members, $250; non-AORN Members, $350 Recertifying: Valid for 5 years. May retake the exam or document 150 contact hours of approved continuing education.

  • PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGICAL NURSING
    (CPSN)Requirements: Must be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States, its territories, or Canada. Must have a minimum of two (2) years of plastic surgical nursing experience as a registered nurse in a general staff, administrative, teaching, or research capacity within five (5) years prior to application. Must have spent at least 50% of practice hours in plastic surgical nursing during two (2) of the preceding five (5) years. Fees: $175 for ASPRSN members, $275 for nonmembers. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $25. Recertifying: Valid for 3 years. May retake the exam or obtain 45 contact hours of continuing education with a minimum of 30 in plastic surgical nursing.

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  • REHABILITATION NURSING
    (CRRN, CRRN-A) Requirements: CRRN must have a current, unrestricted RN license. Completed, with the five years preceding the examination date at least two years of practice as a registered professional nurse in rehabilitation nursing or at least one year of practice as a registered professional nurse in rehabilitation nursing and one year of advanced study (beyond baccalaureate) in nursing. Produce verification of rehabilitation nursing experience by two professional colleagues, one of whom is a CRRN or your immediate supervisor. Beginning December 1, 2000, in addition to the above criteria. Applicants must also have completed by the examination date a formal course in the core content of rehabilitation nursing of at least one (1) semester hour or 1 1/2 quarter hours for a total of 15 classroom hours. Or, earned at least 15 contact hours in the core content of rehabilitation nursing approved by a body accredited as an approver or provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Fees: Valid for 5 years. ARN Members, $195; Nonmembers, $285. Effective through December 31, 1999. Recertifying: CRRN may be renewed by either passing the CRRN examination within one year prior to the certification expiration date or submitting a renewal application to renew by points of credit by the established deadline. Requirements: CRRN-A must be a CRRN with an unrestricted nursing license and master's degree or doctorate in nursing. Fees: Valid for 5 years. ARN Members, $240; Nonmembers, $320.

  • RN FIRST ASSISTANT
    (CRNFA) Requirements: Must be certified as a CNOR. Must document 2,000 hours of practice in the RN first assistant role with at least 500 hours in the past 2 years. Must have attended a formal RNFA program. Fees: AORN members, $375; nonmembers, $500 Recertifying: Valid for 5 years. May retest or submit continuing education to recertify.

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  • SCHOOL NURSING
    (CSN) Requirements: Must be Registered Nurses and hold a bachelor's degree. Three years of school nursing experience is recommended as this is a practice based exam, therefore, there is no specific study guide or preparation course for this exam. The C.S.N. Handbook for Candidates does, however, list resources used to compile the pool of multiple choice questions for the exam. Fees: NASN members, $175; nonmembers, $250 Recertifying: Information not available.

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  • UROLOGY NURSING
    (CURN, CUA, CUNP, CUCNS, CUPA) Requirements: RN, LPN, LVN, PA with a current license and 1 year experience in urology. Other associates: 3 years of inservice training under supervision of a practicing urologist. Advanced practice same as RN but with current recognition by state board of nursing as a nurse practitioner and/or clinical nurse specialist and an earned master's degree in nursing. Fees: SUNA members, $195; nonmembers, $225; advanced practice SUNA menbers, $225; nonmembers, $285. Recertifying: Valid for 3 years. May either retest or provide proof of 50 contact hours.

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  • CANADA NURSES ASSOCIATION
    (CAN) (CANADA) (ENGLISH & FRENCH) Specialty Areas: Critical Care, CNCC (C) Emergency, ENC (C) Gerontology, GNC (C) Nephrology, CNEPH (C) Neuroscience, CNN (C) Occupational Health, COHN (C) Oncology, CON (C) Perinatal (New for 2000 - designation to be confirmed) Perioperative, CPN (C) Psychiatric/Mental Health, CPMHN (C) Requirements: All candidates in all nursing specialties must: � Hold current registration/license as a registered nurse in Canada; � Submit a letter of reference from their supervisor or consultant in the specialty (see General Application Form for letter of reference section); � Complete the General Application Form, submit applicable documents and include appropriate fees. In addition to the three criteria listed above you must meet one of the following two options. (For all specialties excluding Occupational Health Nursing). Experience hours earned as a RN in the specialty area can be earned outside of Canada. Note: The experience/education hours in your nursing specialty must be completed/forecasted no later than 31 December 1999. Option A: Have accumulated a minimum of 3,900 hours as a registered nurse in your nursing specialty over the past four years, either full-time, part-time, or casual. (NOTE: one full-time year is equal to 1,950 hours.) Or, Option B: Have successfully completed a post-basic nursing course/program in your specialty of at least 300 hours. (The post-basic education does not have to have been earned during the same time frame as your experience hours, but must be completed by 31 December 1999.) And, Have accumulated a minimum of 1,950 hours as a registered nurse in your nursing specialty over the past three years, full-time, part-time or casual. (NOTE: One full-time year is equal to 1,950 hours.) Eligibility criteria for initial certification in occupational health nursing. In addition to the three criteria previously listed, Occupational Health Nurses must meet one of the following two options. Experience hours earned as a RN in Occupational Health Nursing can be earned outside of Canada. Note: The experience/education hours in Occupational Health Nursing must be completed/forecasted no later than 31 December 1999. Option A: Have accumulated a minimum of 5,000 hours of experience as a registered nurse in Occupational Health Nursing over the past five years, either full-time, part-time, or casual. (NOTE: one full-time year is equal to 1,950 hours.) And, Have 75 hours of continuing education (C.E.) activities earned over the past five years, specific to Occupational Health. Or, Option B: Have accumulated a minimum of 3,050 hours of experience as a registered nurse in Occupational Health Nursing over the past four years either full-time, part-time or casual. (NOTE: one full-time year is equal to 1,950 hours.) And, Have successfully completed a nursing degree OR a post-basic nursing course/program in Occupational Health of at least 300 hours. (The post-basic education does not have to have been earned during the same time frame as your experience hours, but must be completed by 31 December 1999.) And, Have 75 hours of continuing education (C.E.) activities earned over the past five years, specific to Occupational Health. Fees: Total fee - Provinces with GST Total fee - Provinces with HST CNA Members $339.00 $364.34 Non-members $399.00 $428.84 Recertifying: You may recertify only in the nursing specialty area in which you currently hold a certification. You may choose to recertify by examination or by accumulating (C.E.) hours.



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