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Recertification for Adult, Family, Gerontological, and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners


Nurse practitioners certified by AANPCP must re-certify every 5 years:

Certificants have 2 options for renewing their certification:

Retirement of AANPCP Examinations:

Through December 2016, the requirements established by AANPCP for renewal of certification include:

  1. Completion of 1000 hours of clinical practice as a nurse practitioner in the NP’s population focus.
  2. Obtain 75 contact hours of continuing education relevant to the nurse practitioner’s role and population focus.
  3. Must have been completed within the current 5-year period of certification.
  4. There is no specific requirement for pharmacy content hours.

Beginning January 1, 2017, the requirements established by AANPCP for recertification will change to include the:

  1. Completion of 1000 hours of clinical practice as a nurse practitioner in the NP’s population focus.
  2. Obtain 100 contact hours of continuing education (CE) relevant to the nurse practitioner’s role and population focus; at least 25 of these CEs must be pharmacology credits.
  3. Must have been completed within the current 5-year period of certification
  4. Preceptorship of graduate level students in the Certificant’s role and population focus is an available option to replace up to 25 credits of non-pharmacology CE.

It is the Certificant’s responsibility to apply for recertification at least eight weeks prior to the expiration date of their certification to maintain certification. Courtesy renewal notification postcards are mailed to the Certificant’s last known postal address 1-year, and again at 6-months, prior to the date of expiration of the current certification. Email reminders are also sent to those Certificants for whom AANPCP has a valid email address. Please check your online profile to verify current email and postal information. NPs who allow their certification to expire will be required to take the Initial certification exam.

Certificants are responsible for: