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National certifications and recertification requirements

National Certifications andRecertification Requirements

By:

Kristin Fahsel

Roberta Canavan


Definition

Definition

It is essential that the Nurse Practitioner understands the requirements of National Certification as well Recertification Requirements!


Objectives

Objectives

  • To begin, it is the goal of this presentation to better familiarize the Nurse Practitioner student with the following objectives:

  • What is National Certification?

  • How does it differ from Licensure?

  • Do I need to be nationally certified to practice as an NP?

  • Differences between the AANP and the ANCC.

  • Implications of the APRN Consensus model; Are NP’s affected?

  • How do I become recertified?


Implications

Implications

  • Implications Regarding APRN Consensus model?

  • *APRN Consensus model was created to address the differences among states.

  • *To be Implemented in 2015. (target date)

  • New NP grads through 2013 will certify with the current examinations, and will be “grandfathered in” to continue practice.

  • Eligibility requirements for “grandfathering” may vary from state to state.

  • Employers may change credentialing criteria based on the APRN consensus model

  • The APRN consensus model affects the Family NP, Pediatric NP, Women’s Healthcare NP, and Neonatal NP certification exams. NPs who graduate after 2013, may need to repeat exams, due to content.


National certification

National Certification

Certification in a specialty and mastering the knowledge and skills of that specialty are measured by an applicant becoming accredited by either the AANP or the ANCC. Accreditation is based on a nationally recognized test and the applicant must meet all criteria established within the organization.


Licensure vs certification

Licensure vs. Certification

A license enables the graduate the right to engage in a profession based upon the fact that they have met the educational criteria competently.

A certification assures that the graduating professional has mastered a body of knowledge and has acquired skills in a specialty area. There are several specialty certifications: Acute care, Adult, Family, Pediatric, Gerontological, Adult Psychiatric Mental health, Family Psychiatric and Women’s Health.

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National certifications and recertification requirements

The Value of the NP becoming Nationally certified is dependent upon the type of practice. It is often required for credentialing by Medicare, Medicaid, and The Department of veteran’s affairs. Many health insurance companies are now requiring certification for credentialing, which also includes licensure, certification and recognition= reimbursement!


National certifications and recertification requirements

Most importantly, Credentialing is needed to bill for reimbursement. Billing for reimbursement without up to date licensing and certification is Fraud!

Stay up to date and be sure your certification doesn’t lapse!


National certifications and recertification requirements

ANCC

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

  • The ANCC Certification Program is nationally

    accredited

  • Family Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified (FNP-BC)

  • Many certifications available – Acute care NP, Adult NP, Family NP, Gerontological NP, Pediatric NP, Psychiatric NP (some will no longer be available after December 31st, 2014)

  • Website: http://www.nursecredentialing.org/default.aspx

    (American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2014)


Ancc certification requirements fnp

ANCC Certification Requirements (FNP)

  • Hold a current and active RN license

  • Final transcripts

  • Validation of Education form signed by the school

  • Hold a master’s, post graduate, or doctoral degree from a family nurse practitioner program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

    • Needs a minimum of 500 clinical hours

    • Comprehensive graduate level courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology

    • Courses in health promotion, differential diagnosis, and disease management

      (American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2014)


Ancc exam

ANCC Exam

  • Exam allows 4 hours to answer 200 questions (175 scored and 25 pretest questions that are not scored)

  • ANCC-encompasses Theoretical foundations of advanced practice roles, healthcare policy and delivery, clinical assessment and management

  • Results are immediate

  • Certificate mailed in 3-4 weeks.

  • Cost for initial certification:

    • Non –member$395

    • American Nurses Association members$270

    • American Association of Nurse Practitioner member$340

    • American Association of Nurse Practitioner student member$290

      (American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2014)


Ancc recertification requirements

ANCC Recertification Requirements

  • Certifications are renewed every 5 years

  • Hold an active RN license, current ANCC certification

  • Complete professional development requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 1,000 practice hours in certified role/population

  • If unable to complete 1,000 hours, then can repeat and pass the exam

  • Cost for renew:

    • Non –member$350

    • American Nurses Association members$200

    • American Association of Nurse Practitioner member$280

      (American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2014)


Ancc recertification requirements1

ANCC Recertification Requirements

  • Six categories of professional development:

    • Category 1 – Continuing education hours

      • 75 hours with at least 25 hours in Pharmacotherapeutics

    • Category 2 – Academic credits

      • 5 semester credits or 6 quarter credits of courses

    • Category 3 – Presentations

      • 5 different educational presentations totaling at least 5 hours

    • Category 4 – Publication or Research

      • 1 peer reviewed journal, book chapter (author, coauthor, editor, coeditor, or reviewer), primary grant writer, IRB research project, or completed dissertation or thesis

    • Category 5 – Preceptor hours

      • Minimum of 120 clinical hours

    • Category 6 – Professional service

      • 2 or more years of volunteer service

  • All candidates must complete Category 1 PLUS one additional category.

  • Can double category 1 (150 CME with 25 in Pharmacotherapeutics)

    (American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2014)


National certifications and recertification requirements

AANP

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners

  • Family Nurse Practitioner – Certified (FNP-C)

  • Entry level practice

  • Many certifications available – Adult NP, Family NP, Adult Gerontology NP

    (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program, 2013)


Aanp certification requirements fnp

AANP Certification Requirements (FNP)

  • Current RN license

  • Final transcripts

  • Hold a master’s, post graduate, or doctoral degree from a family nurse practitioner program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

    • Need a minimum of 500 clinical hours

    • Comprehensive graduate level courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology

    • Courses in health promotion, differential diagnosis, and disease management

      (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program, 2013)


Aanp exam

AANP Exam

  • Test content includes family/individual across the life span and

    the wellness-illness continuum

  • Encompasses: Assessment, Diagnosis, Planning, and Evaluation of Care.

  • Exam allows 3 hours to complete 150 questions (135 scored and 15 pretest questions that are not scored)

  • Results are immediate.

  • Certificate mailed in 3-4 weeks

  • Cost for initial certification:

    • Non members$315

    • AANP members$240

      (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program, 2013)


Aanp recertification requirements

AANP Recertification Requirements

  • Certifications are renewed every 5 years

  • Current RN license, active AANP certification

  • Complete a minimum of 1,000 practice hours in certified role/population

  • Complete a minimum of 75 continuing education credits

  • OR can repeat the exam

  • Cost for renew by exam (additional fee for paper application)

    • Non –member$315

    • AANP member$240

  • Cost for renew by practice hours & CE (additional fee for paper application)

    • Non –member$195

    • AANP member$120

      (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program, 2013)


Recertification

Recertification

  • ALL NP’s should know their Certification requirements for renewal & Date!

    • Every Nurse Practitioner must renew certification to continue practicing!

    • Specific requirements vary according to Certification & Accreditation

  • Common threads for renewal

    • Continuing Education Credits

    • Conference attendance

    • Academic credits-Advance take a class!

    • Partake in Research!

    • Publish an Article!

    • Be a Preceptor!

  • Recertification is usually every 5 years

  • Women’s Health & Neonatal every 3 yrs.

  • Retake Exam is an option if above quota not met.

  • Must maintain practice in the NP role during recertification process.

  • Must have active RN license during recertification process.


References

References

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program. (2013). AANPCP Candidate and renewal of certification handbook. Retrieved from http://www.aanpcert.org/ptistore/resource/documents/2013%20CandidateRenewalHandbook%20-Rev%2011%2025%202013%20forNCCA%28FINAL%29.pdf

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center. (2014). ANCC certification Center. Retrieved from http://www.nursecredentialing.org/Certification

  • American Nurses Credentialing. (2014). 2014 Certification Renewal Requirements. Retrieved from http://www.nursecredentialing.org/RenewalRequirements.aspx

  • American Nurses Credentialing. (2014). Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Eligibility Criteria. Retrieved from http://www.nursecredentialing.org/FamilyNP-Eligibility.aspx


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