CCNS — Certification for Adult, Neonatal and Pediatric Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialists

CCNS® is an entry-level advanced practice certification launched in 1999 for nurses educated at the graduate level as clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) providing care to acutely and/or critically ill adult, pediatric or neonatal patients and their families.

The CCNS certification program meets the NCSBN Criteria for APRN Certification Programs.

The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education (LACE), which goes into effect in 2015, impacts certification options for CNSs. 

Candidates must apply for the CCNS initial exam by December 31, 2014

To learn more about the APRN Consensus Model, visit the APRN Resources page.

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