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.
    • 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 $245
Nonmembers $350
ACNPC-AG Retest  
AACN Members $200
Nonmembers $305

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

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