Initial ACNPC-AG Certification

Obtaining ACNPC-AG certification demonstrates you have mastered certain skills, knowledge and abilities that distinguish you as an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.

Once you have reviewed the information outlined below and are ready to sit for the ACNPC-AG exam, you may apply online or submit a paper application. The ACNPC-AG exam fee includes:

ACNPC-AG Exam Information

The Certification Exam Policy Handbook provides detailed testing and policy information. The ACNPC-AG Exam Handbook includes exam-specific information, including the application/honor statement and test plan.

Exam Content

  • The ACNPC-AG exam is a 3.5-hour test consisting of 175 multiple-choice items.
    • Of the 175 items, 150 are scored and 25 are used to gather statistical data on item performance for future exams.
  • The ACNPC-AG exam focuses on the adult-gerontology patient population (young adults, older adults and frail elderly).  
  • Each question on the ACNPC-AG exam assesses one of the nurse characteristics identified in the Synergy Model.
    • The 2010 AACN Certification Corporation Study of Practice included Synergy Validated ACNP Competencies.
    • Within the domain of Clinical Judgment, body systems is used as a second dimension of exam development.

Exam Eligibility Requirements

  • Current, unencumbered licensure as an RN or APRN in the U.S. is required.
    • An unencumbered license is not currently being subjected to formal discipline by any board of nursing and has no provisions or conditions that limit the nurse's practice in any way. This applies to all RN and APRN licenses currently held.
    • Candidates and ACNPC-AG-certified nurses must notify AACN Certification Corporation within 30 days if any restriction is placed on their RN or APRN license.
  • Completion of a graduate advanced practice education program meeting the following requirements:
    • The education program is offered by an accredited college or university that offers a CCNE or ACEN accredited graduate degree in nursing with a concentration as an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.
    • The program has demonstrated compliance with the National Task Force Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (NTFC).
    • Both direct and indirect clinical supervision must be congruent with current AACN and nursing accreditation guidelines.
    • The curriculum includes, but is not limited to:
      • Biological, behavioral, medical and nursing sciences relevant to practice as an adult-gerontology ACNP including advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology and physical assessment.
      • Supervised clinical practice relevant to the specialty of adult-gerontology acute care.
      • Legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of the NP.
    • The curriculum meets the following criteria:
      • Curriculum is consistent with competencies of adult-gerontology ACNP practice.
      • Five hundred (500) supervised clinical hours in all roles of the adult-gerontology ACNP within the graduate program.
        • All clinical hours must be focused on the care of acutely ill adult-gerontology patients (young adults, older adults and frail elderly).
      • Supervised clinical experience is directly related to the knowledge and all role components of the adult-gerontology ACNP. 
  • Those making up clinical or didactic coursework to meet ACNPC-AG exam eligibility must complete make-up courses in a post-graduate certificate or DNP program. 
  • Applicants determined to be ineligible for the ACNPC-AG exam will have their application fee refunded.

Exam Fees

AACN Members $250
Nonmembers $355
ACNPC-AG Retest  
AACN Members $200
Nonmembers $305

Payable in U.S. Funds. Fees are subject to change without notice.

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