The ACNPC-AG 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 an adult-gerontology ACNP at a nationally accredited school of nursing. The school’s curriculum must include supervised clinical and didactic coursework consistent with competencies of adult-gerontology ACNP practice.

For complete eligibility requirements, refer to the ACNPC-AG Exam Handbook.

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How to Prepare

ACNPC-AG Exam Resources


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


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