The ACNPC-AG exam aligns with requirements of the APRN Consensus Model and other foundational national standards of APRN education, accreditation and regulation. ACNPC-AG certification is accepted in all states.

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 the board of nursing in the state(s) in which the nurse is practicing and has no provisions or conditions that limit the nurse’s practice. Provisions or conditions may include, but are not limited to, direct supervision of practice, drug administration limitations and/or practice area exclusions. 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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