Choosing a Graduate APRN Program for the Aspiring CNS and NP

Author(s): Denise Buonocore, Cynthia Noe, Lindsey Green

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Career Development, Education

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

If you are a nurse considering advancing your career to become a CNS or NP this session is for you. Nurses with experiential knowledge of graduate school, advanced practice nursing, and credentialing, review essential elements to consider when choosing a graduate program for advanced nursing practice. Specific topics include choosing the right role, aligning your education program to your intended practice, clinical rotations in states other than the school, considerations for certification and licensure eligibility. Come with questions as this will be a lively interactive session.


  • Discuss the required process of graduate nursing education, certification, and licensure based on the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education.
  • Identify reliable resources to assist in answering questions regarding APRN licensure.
  • Explore questions to ask when choosing a graduate nursing program.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


Any relevant relationship between an ineligible company and an individual with the ability to influence clinical content will be identified by the Nurse Planner within the activity. Any relevant relationship between an ineligible company and an individual with the ability to influence clinical content has been mitigated.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

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