Program Description


AANPCP National Certification Examinations are entry-level, competency-based examinations for nurse practitioners reflective of nurse practitioner knowledge and expertise for each of the following specialties:


The Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) examination is a specialty certification examination developed to recognize eligible FNPs expertise in emergency care.

Examination Development

The nurse practitioner competency-based national certification examinations are developed by the Professional Examination Service (ProExam) in conjunction with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program. Adult, Family, Gerontologic, and Adult-Gerontology nurse practitioner subject matter experts (SMEs) from representative work and academic environments, as well as geographical areas, assist in all phases of the development of the examinations.

Major components of the examination development process are:

The examinations are based on role delineation studies undertaken by AANPCP and ProExam as objective measures of the knowledge and skills required of competent nurse practitioners. Role delineation studies provide the foundation for defining the content domains (areas) of the competency-based examinations. Documents created by these expert panels are validated by representative samples of professionals selected from the adult, gerontology, emergency, and family nurse practitioner community. Test specifications derived from the role delineation studies for adult, gerontology, and family nurse practitioners serve as the blueprint for the national examinations.

Each examination consists of 150 multiple-choice items. Items are written and developed by practicing nurse practitioners with extensive knowledge and expertise, and placed in an item bank. All items which appear on the examinations have been reviewed at least four times:

Test construction of the nurse practitioner certification examinations involves panels of Adult, Gerontologic, and Family nurse practitioner content experts who work with the staff of ProExam to construct and subsequently conduct a final review of each certification examination. Each examination administration includes a unique combination of items from the item bank; exam items are selected based on the content areas and associated weights as defined by the test blueprints. The content domains and their respective weights have been developed through the role delineation and serve to guarantee consistent emphasis on content areas from one examination to another. Passing point determination follows test construction and establishes minimum passing scores using the modified-Angoff method. This method is commonly used in the credentialing industry to determine the minimum passing score for all items in the examination. The rigorousness of this examination development process guarantees quality competency based certification examinations.

Questions may be directed to:

Email: certification@aanpcert.org

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program, AANPCP
Capital Station, LBJ Building
P.O. Box 12926
Austin, TX 78711-2926

Office: (512) 637-0500
Toll-free (855) 822-6727