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Certification is a process by which a nongovernmental agency validates, based upon predetermined standards, an individual nurse's qualification and knowledge for practice in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing.
Certification validates your knowledge of nursing in your specialty area to hospitals, peers, patients and, most importantly, to yourself. Certification promotes continuing excellence in the nursing profession.
Eligible candidates for AACN Certification Corporation exams or certification renewal must hold a current unencumbered RN or APRN license within the U.S.
Eligible clinical practice hours for exam and renewal are those completed in U.S.-based facilities or in facilities determined to be comparable to the U.S. standard of acute/critical care nursing practice, as evidenced by ANCC Magnet Status or Joint Commission International accreditation.
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