Frequently Asked Questions About APRN Consensus Model Implementation for CNS Programs
The Consensus Model is a broad-based model developed by the APRN Consensus Work Group and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) APRN Advisory Committee, with extensive input from APRN stakeholders that defines APRN roles, appropriate credentials and scope of practice, and promotes uniformity in state regulations and education.
Yes. The full name of the work is the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education.
The Consensus Model was created to establish standards for uniform APRN regulation across the country, to enhance utilization of patient care services provided by APRNs.
The target date for full implementation of the recommendations of the Consensus Model is by 2015. APRN education programs should prepare to be transitioned by 2013.
In the Consensus Model, CNSs are required to be educated, and their competencies assessed via national certification exams, across the continuum from wellness through acute care in one of six population foci. Adult CNS programs must also integrate gerontology content.
AACN’s Adult, Pediatric and Neonatal CCNS certificants have the following three renewal options:
- 1,000 Practice Hours + 150 CE Points
- 1,000 Practice Hours + Exam
- 150 CE Points + Exam
If a CCNS is unable to maintain his or her certification or does not renew on time, he or she would need to meet the eligibility requirements for the new exam and test under the Consensus Model, which would require additional postgraduate education.
For initial candidates, the Adult, Pediatric and Neonatal CCNS exams will be offered through December 31, 2014.
Programs should consider that all students currently enrolled under existing curricula must graduate and pass the CCNS exam before it is retired December 31, 2014.
Starting in 2013, AACN will offer three new certification programs for the Adult-Gerontology CNS: ACCNS-AG; the Pediatric CNS, ACCNS-P; and the Neonatal CNS, ACCNS-N. These new certifications will meet requirements for CNS licensure as defined by the Consensus Model.
To be eligible for the ACCNS-AG exam, candidates must be educated in an Adult-Gerontology CNS graduate program that includes in-depth competencies to care for the entire adult population (young adults, older adults and the frail elderly), as well as content across the continuum from wellness through acute care.
To be eligible for the ACCNS-P or ACCNS-N exams, candidates must be educated in a Pediatric CNS or Neonatal CNS graduate program that includes competencies across the continuum from wellness through acute care.
No. While individual states may grandfather nurses currently working in the role, making them exempt from new requirements, AACN cannot grandfather current certificants into the new credentials. Additional education would be required to become eligible to sit for the new certification exams.
The Consensus Model does not require or preclude the DNP as an entry-level degree for APRNs.