AACN Certification Corporation periodically conducts national studies of practice to update and refresh certification test plans. This assures our exams are based on evidence and that content of each exam is directly tied to relevant practice.
The most recent studies of practice for ACNPC-AG and ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P and ACCNS-N were conducted in 2016, resulting in minor changes to the test plans.
Below are the new test plans that go into effect for exams taken on and after January 15, 2018, along with additional resources revised following the 2016 studies of practice.
Test Plans — These detailed outlines show the content and associated percentage weight that make up the structure of the exams. The test plans are based on the study of practice and go through a 100 percent consensus process involving a national panel of experts (Practice Analysis Task Force). The test plans are analyzed by our AMP psychometrician and are ultimately approved by the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors.
APRN candidates testing now through January 14, 2018 will take the exam based on the current test plan found in the exam handbook for their specific credential.
Exam Bibliographies – This is a list of the references/resources the item writers and exam developers used to validate the correct answer to each exam question.
Study of Practice (SOP) Executive Summaries – These brief reports state the purpose, process, response rate, and the outcome and analysis of the survey.
The ACNPC-AG certification program is an entry-level advanced practice certification for acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) educated at the graduate level to provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of healthcare services to meet the specialized needs of adult-gerontology patients (young adults, older adults and frail elderly) with complex acute and/or chronic health conditions.
The ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P and ACCNS-N credentials are entry-level advanced practice certifications for clinical nurse specialists educated at the graduate level to provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of healthcare services, from wellness through acute care, for a specific patient population.
The ACCNS-AG certification program focuses on meeting the specialized needs of the adult-gerontology patient population (young adults, older adults and frail elderly).
The ACCNS-P certification program focuses on meeting the specialized needs of the pediatric patient population.
The ACCNS-N certification program focuses on meeting the specialized needs of the neonatal patient population.
Additional Resources — Revised versions available December 2017
Practice Questions – The following practice questions booklets are being revised to reflect the new test plans and include rationales for correct and incorrect answers.
- Practice ACNPC-AG Exam Questions
- Practice ACCNS-AG Exam Questions
- Practice ACCNS-P Exam Questions
Online Review Courses – The following online AACN review courses, presented by national experts, are being updated to align with the new test plans.
- ACNPC-AG Online Review Course
- ACCNS-AG Online Review Course