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. Nurses who do not hold an unencumbered license should email AACN at APRNcert@aacn.org.
Candidates must complete a graduate-level advanced practice education program
as a neonatal CNS at a nationally accredited school of nursing. The school’s curriculum must be consistent with competencies of neonatal CNS practice and include supervised clinical and didactic coursework covering the spectrum of wellness through acute care.
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