Applications for the new CCNS� certification exam for clinical nurse specialists in acute and critical care will be available in November.
Computer-based testing for the advanced practice certification begins January 2, 1999. The exam, offered by the AACN Certification Corporation in conjunction with Professional Examination Service, uses the Synergy Model framework that matches patient needs to nurse competencies.
The CCNS credential has been approved for those who successfully complete the exam. Pins and patches bearing the CCNS logo will be available.
A study bibliography is included in the application.
Following are the eligibility requirements for CCNS certification:
1) An active RN license
2) A master’s degree in nursing
3) 500 hours in direct clinical practice (either within a master's program or as a CNS within the last year)
4) Evidence of expertise in clinical knowledge, skills, and judgment (directly linked to your specialty area of expertise), as demonstrated by one of the following:
a) Current entry level/basic or advanced certification in nursing
b) Publication(s) (within last 5 years) demonstrating expert knowledge in your identified clinical field
c) Presentation(s) (within last 5 years) at a local, regional, or national conference on a clinical nursing topic in your field of expertise
d) Participation in a clinical research project (within last 5 years) in your clinical field of expertise
To receive an application for the CCNS certification exam, call (800) 899-2226. Additional information is available on the AACN Certification Corporation home page at