Renewal Eligibility Requirements & Fees

ACCNS-AG

Choose one of the following renewal options:

  • Option 1 – Practice Hours and CE Points
  • Option 2 – Practice Hours and Exam (plus Pharmacology CE)
  • Option 3 – CE Points and Exam


  • Practice Hours and CE Points

  • Practice Hours, Exam & Pharma CE

  • CE Points and Exam

For renewal by practice hours and CE points, you must meet all eligibility requirements for renewal and submit your application prior to your scheduled renewal date.

Eligibility Requirements
  • A current, unencumbered RN or APRN license is required. An unencumbered license is not currently being subjected to formal discipline by any state board of nursing and has no provisions or conditions that limit the nurse’s practice in any way.
  • Practice as an RN or APRN for 1,000 hours during the five-year certification renewal period is required.
    • Eligible hours must include active involvement in the care of adult-gerontology patients in the U.S. as a CNS practicing within the spectrum of wellness through acute care. CNSs practicing outside the U.S. should contact AACN regarding eligible practice hours.
    • Contact information for your supervisor or a professional associate must be provided for verification of eligibility related to practice hours.
  • Completion of 150 CE Points, with a minimum of 75 in Category I (25 as Pharmacology CE), is required.
    • The CE Points program includes educational activities – both formal and informal – granting contact hours or CE, as well as optional activities such as presentations, preceptorships and volunteer work. CE Point topics and activities are summarized below and detailed in the ACCNS-AG Renewal Handbook.
  • For complete eligibility requirements, refer to in the ACCNS-AG Renewal Handbook.

AACN Members

$180

Nonmembers

$260

For renewal by practice hours, exam & pharma CE, you must meet all eligibility requirements for renewal and successfully apply for, take and pass the exam before your scheduled renewal date. 

Eligibility Requirements
  • A current, unencumbered RN or APRN license is required. An unencumbered license is not currently being subjected to formal discipline by any state board of nursing and has no provisions or conditions that limit the nurse’s practice in any way.
  • Practice as an RN or APRN for 1,000 hours during the five-year certification renewal period is required.
    • Eligible hours must include active involvement in the care of adult-gerontology patients in the U.S. as a CNS practicing within the spectrum of wellness through acute care. CNSs practicing outside the U.S. should contact AACN regarding eligible practice hours.
    • Contact information for your supervisor or a professional associate must be provided for verification of eligibility related to practice hours.
  • Completion of 25 Pharmacology CE during the five-year certification period is required.
  • Successfully applying for, taking and passing in the ACCNS-AG exam before your scheduled renewal date is required.
    • Refer to in the ACCNS-AG Exam Handbook for the current test plan and the Certification Exam Policy Handbook for exam scheduling and testing information.
  • For complete eligibility requirement, refer to in the ACCNS-AG Renewal Handbook.

AACN Members

$180

Nonmembers

$260

For renewal by CE Points and exam, you must meet all eligibility requirements for renewal and successfully apply for, take and pass the exam before your scheduled renewal date. 

Eligibility Requirements
  • A current, unencumbered U.S. RN or APRN license is required. An unencumbered license is not currently being subjected to formal discipline by any state board of nursing and has no provisions or conditions that limit the nurse’s practice in any way.
  • Completion of 150 CE Points, with a minimum of 75 in Category I (25 as Pharmacology CE), is required.
    • The CE Points program includes educational activities – both formal and informal – granting contact hours or CE, as well as optional activities such as presentations, preceptorships and volunteer work. CE Point topics and activities are summarized below and detailed in the ACCNS-AG Renewal Handbook.
  • Successfully applying for, taking and passing the ACCNS-AG exam before your scheduled renewal date is required.
    • Refer to the ACCNS-AG Exam Handbook for the current test plan and the Certification Exam Policy Handbook for exam scheduling and testing information.
  • For complete eligibility requirements, refer to the ACCNS-AG Renewal Handbook.

AACN Members

$200

Nonmembers

$305

CE Points Program Overview

Following is an overview of categories in the CE Points program. A total of 150 CE Points, with a minimum of 75 in Category I (25 as Pharmacology CE), is required. Category II activities are optional but may account for up to 75 of the required CE Points. 

Category I

Acute Care Education

Programs granting CE or CME, academic courses and informal CE programs

Minimum 75 CE Points

Category II

Optional Activities

Includes professional publications, presentations, preceptorship and volunteer activities

Minimum 0 CE Points

Renew

A current, unencumbered U.S. RN or APRN license and a combination of practice hours, CE Points and/or exam are required.