What is AACN Certification Corp?

AACN Certification Corporation drives patient health and safety through the comprehensive credentialing of acute and critical care nurses, advancing practice consistent with standards of excellence.

Accreditation for AACN certification programs is granted by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certifications (ABSNC) or the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

All AACN certifications are accepted by the Magnet Recognition Program®.

Learn more about AACN Certification Corporation

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Certification That Works for You

How do you sum up your clinical expertise, vast experience, dedication to patients and personal commitment to excellence? In a word, certification. Certification not only contributes to optimal outcomes for acutely/critically ill patients and their families, it advances your professional and personal growth. 

Validate your clinical knowledge
Uphold standards of excellence in patient care
Demonstrate pride in your specialty
Get the recognition you deserve 

Career Advancement
Distinguish yourself for advancement

Role Model

Be a clinician who sets the example for other nurses

How to Apply or Renew

  • First-Time Certification

  • Certification Renewal

Here’s an overview of the steps you’ll take to earn your specialty, subspecialty or advanced practice board certification for the first time. For in-depth information about exam eligibility and the application process, consult the handbook for your specific exam and the Certification Exam Policy Handbook.
  • 1Validate your eligibility for certification

  • 2Apply for certification online

  • 3Prepare for your exam

  • 4Schedule your exam date

  • 5Take the exam

  • 6Celebrate your certification!

  • 7Learn about certification renewal

Get Certified
Your certification 
journey starts here 

When it’s time to renew your certification, the steps below will get you there. For in-depth information about eligibility and the renewal process, consult the renewal handbook for your specific certification.

  • 1Validate your eligibility for renewal

  • 2Track your CE/CERP progress from your AACN dashboard

  • 3Store your CE/CERP documentation, to submit if audited

  • 4Apply for your certification renewal online

  • 5Receive confirmation of your successful renewal

  • 6Access online verification and/or wallet card

Renew Certification
Reaffirm your commitment
to nursing excellence 

Validate Your Specialized Clinical Knowledge With an AACN Micro-Credential

AACN offers specialty micro-credentials that support clinical excellence, enhance professional growth and promote patient safety by validating a focused subset of knowledge in a specific practice area. Consider earning a micro-credential to advance your healthcare journey.

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Resources to Help You Succeed

Prep Tools & Handbooks
Position yourself for success
with up-to-date certification
study resources

Employer & Certificant Resources

Employers and certificants can easily verify board certification. We also help employers stretch 

certification dollars further with our volume discount programs.

Verify Certification
Obtain free online verification
of AACN certifications

Certification Organization Discount
Substantial savings for purchasing
prepaid certification exam vouchers

Certification Group Discount
Cost-saving option for groups of 10
or more nurses applying together

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Advanced Practice

APRN Information
Start your advanced practice
certification journey