Frequently Asked Questions about the APRN Consensus Model for – NP Programs
The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education is a broad-based model for regulation of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) throughout the United States. The model was 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.
- lack of common definitions of APRN roles.
- lack of standardization of APRN education programs.
- proliferation of APRN specialties and subspecialties.
- lack of common legal recognition of APRNs across states.
Intended outcomes are to:
- ensure public safety.
- facilitate mobility of APRNs.
- advocate appropriate scope of practice.
- increase access to healthcare.
The target date for full implementation of the recommendations of the Consensus Model is by 2015. APRN education programs should prepare to be transitioned in 2014.
With the Consensus Model, adult NPs are required to be educated, and their competencies assessed via national certification exams, in care of the entire adult population (young adults, older adults and the frail elderly).
Acute care and primary care remain separate CNP roles; the acute and primary care delineation applies only to pediatric and adult-gerontology population foci. Scope of practice of the nurse practitioner is not setting specific but is based on patient care needs.
Anyone wishing to take the ACNPC initial exam must apply by December 31, 2014.
Current NPs may continue to renew their certification into the future, as long as it does not lapse and renewal requirements are met. If you allow your ANCPC certification to expire, you will need to meet the eligibility requirements for the ACNPC-AG exam. Current ACNPC certificants interested in ACNPC-AG certification will most likely need additional post-graduate education to be eligible to sit for the ACNPC-AG exam.
To provide current ACNPCs every opportunity to renew, AACN offers three renewal options:
- Practice Hours + CE Points
- Practice Hours + Renewal Exam
- CE Points + Renewal Exam
Programs should consider that all students currently enrolled under existing adult ACNP program curricula must apply for the ACNPC exam before December 31, 2014.
In January 2013, AACN launched the new adult-gerontology ACNP certification program — the ACNPC-AG. This certification meets requirements for ACNP licensure as defined by the Consensus Model.
Eligible candidates for the ACNPC-AG exam must be educated in an adult-gerontology acute care NP graduate-level program that includes in-depth competencies to care for the entire adult population (young adults, older adults and the frail elderly). Education may be in a master’s, post-graduate or DNP program.
No. While individual states may grandfather nurses currently working in the role, making them exempt from new requirements, national certification accreditation standards prohibit AACN Certification Corporation from grandfathering current certificants into the new credential.
Current ACNPC certificants interested in ACNPC-AG certification will most likely need additional post-graduate education to be eligible to sit for the Consensus Model-based ACNPC-AG exam.
The Consensus Model does not require or exclude the DNP as an entry-level degree for APRNs.