The ACCNS-P exam aligns with requirements of the APRN Consensus Model and meets the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Criteria for APRN Certification Programs.

Initial Eligibility Requirements & Fees

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

Candidates must complete a graduate-level advanced practice education program as a pediatric CNS at a nationally accredited school of nursing. The school’s curriculum must be consistent with competencies of pediatric CNS practice and include supervised clinical and didactic coursework covering the spectrum of wellness through acute care.

For complete eligibility requirements, refer to the ACCNS-P Exam Handbook.

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How to Prepare

ACCNS-P Exam Resources


Confirm that you meet eligibility requirements detailed in the ACCNS-P Exam Handbook and apply online.


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