The ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P and ACCNS-N credentials are entry-level advanced practice certifications for clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) educated at the graduate level to provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of healthcare services, from wellness through acute care.
Updated Study of Practice
AACN Certification Corporation regularly conducts national studies of practice, also known as practice analyses, to update and refresh certification test plans. These studies ensure that our exams are based on evidence, and the content of each exam is tied directly to relevant practice.
The most recent study of practice for the ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P and ACCNS-N programs was completed in 2021, resulting in minor changes to the test plans and exams.
Following are links to the updated test plans that go into effect for the ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P and ACCNS-N exams taken on and after Jan. 31, 2024, along with additional resources that were revised based on the 2021 study of practice.
Test Plans – These detailed outlines show the content and percentage weight that provide the structure of the exam. The test plans are based on a national study of practice, go through a consensus process involving numerous subject matter experts, are analyzed by our PSI psychometrician, and are ultimately approved by the AACN Certification Corporation board of directors.
Exam Bibliographies – The bibliographies include a list of the references/resources the item writers and exam developers used to validate the correct answers for each exam question.
Study of Practice Executive Summary – This brief report provides the purpose, process, response rate, and the outcomes and analysis of the national study of practice, along with the exam development process.
Practice Exam and Questions – These subscription-based products are designed to meet your individual learning needs through an easy-to-use digital platform, putting randomized practice questions and exams at your fingertips for anytime, anywhere access. These tools can help gauge your level of knowledge, identify your strengths and uncover areas for further study.