On Jan. 10, 2022, AACN Certification Corporation will launch an updated exam for our ACNPC-AG certification program, ensuring the continued relevance and integrity of this advanced practice credential.
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 comprehensive advanced nursing care to patients with acute, critical and complex chronic conditions across the full adult spectrum - from young adults (including late adolescents) through older adults (including frail elderly). Adult-gerontology ACNPs provide services ranging from disease prevention to critical care to stabilize the patient’s condition, prevent complications, restore maximum health and/or provide palliative care across the continuum of care settings.
Updated Study of Practice
AACN Certification Corporation regularly conducts national studies of practice, also known as job analyses, to update and refresh certification test plans. These studies ensure that our exams are based on current evidence and the content of each exam is tied directly to relevant practice.
The most recent study of practice for the ACNPC-AG certification program was completed in 2020, resulting in minor changes to the ACNPC-AG exam.
Following is a link to the new test plan that goes into effect for exams taken on and after Jan. 10, 2022, along with additional resources that were revised with the 2020 study of practice changes.
ACNPC-AG Test Plan – This detailed outline shows the content and percentage weight that provide the structure of the exam. The test plan is based on a national study of practice, goes through a 100% consensus process involving numerous subject matter experts, is analyzed by our PSI psychometrician, and is ultimately approved by the AACN Certification Corporation board of directors.
ACNPC-AG Exam Bibliography – This bibliography is a list of the references/resources the item writers and exam development volunteers used to validate the correct answers to each exam question.
Study of Practice Executive Summary – This brief report provides the purpose, process, response rate, outcomes and analysis of the national study of practice, along with details about the exam development process.
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