ACCNS — Certification for Adult-Gerontology, Pediatric and Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialists

ACCNS is an entry-level advanced practice certification for nurses educated at the graduate level as clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) to provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of healthcare services (from wellness through acute care) to meet the specialized needs of adult-gerontology, pediatric or neonatal patient populations.

The ACCNS exams are in alignment with the requirements of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education.

The ACCNS certification programs meet the NCSBN Criteria for APRN Certification Programs.

To learn more about the APRN Consensus Model, visit the APRN Resources section of this website. Learn about AACN's CNS Curriculum Approval Program.

The Adult-Gerontology CNS (ACCNS-AG) and Pediatric CNS (ACCNS-P) exams were launched in July 2013. The Neonatal CNS (ACCNS-N) exam was launched in February 2014.

Eligible candidates may apply online or submit a paper application.