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AANPCP Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Information

Q: What is the difference between AANPCP and AANP?

Q: What address do I use to send documentation to AANPCP?


Consensus Model

Q: What is the National Consensus Model for APRN Regulation?

Q: What does APRN “Core”, “Role”, and “Population Foci” mean?

Q: Will I be required to have a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree by 2015 to be eligible to sit for the AANPCP National Certification Exam?

Q: Where can I find more information on the APRN Consensus Model?


AANPCP Certification

Q: Does AANPCP offer Practice Exams?

Q: What certification examinations are offered by AANPCP?

Q: Does AANPCP offer educational courses or training materials to prepare exam candidates to take the AANPCP certification exams?

Q: Is AANPCP certification nationally recognized by all states?

Q: Does Canada recognize the AANPCP certification?

Q: Will AANPCP be retiring any certification exams soon?

Q: I am dual certified as an ANP and GNP. Am I able to convert to the Adult-Gero. NP certification?


AANPCP Certification Examination & Application

Q: What are the eligibility requirements to take the certification examination?

Q: What is the process of signing up to take the AANPCP certification exam?

Q: How can I tell if my NP program is accredited?

Q: How soon before I graduate from my nurse practitioner program can I begin the application process?

Q: I have not completed my program. Can I submit my application without a final transcript?

Q: What is the difference between the “Program Completed“ and “Degree Conferred“ dates?

Q: What does a “complete” application mean?

Q: My state does not mail RN licenses anymore. How can I get a copy of my RN license?

Q: What is an official final transcript?

Q: Can transcripts be sent directly from my school?

Q: May I enclose my transcript with my application?

Q: Do you expedite processing of certification applications?

Q: I am completing a post-graduate (post-master’s) certificate program. Do you still require transcripts from me?

Q: How will I know the status of my application?

Q: What is the process for approval of an application to sit for the exam and how will I know I've been approved?

Q: When can I expect to receive my scores?

Q: If I fail the exam, what is the waiting period to retake the examination?

Q: What should I do if I require special testing accommodations?

Q: What can I expect on the day of the examination? What is considered an “acceptable form of identification” that I should take to the testing center?

Q: What if I have an appointment to take the exam and can't make it?

Q: Can I request an extension?

Q: May I withdraw from taking the exam?

Q: How do I sign my name once I become certified?


AANPCP Recertification

Q: When do I begin my recertification application?

Q: How do I begin the recertification process?

Q: Do I need to be a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) to renew my certification?

Q: If I want to recertify by examination, will I be required to have a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree by 2015 to be eligible to sit for the AANPCP National Certification Exam?

Q: My certification will soon expire, why have I not yet received my Recertification Packet in the mail?

Q: My certification is about to expire, however, I never received any notification to renew. Why wasn’t I informed?

Q: My certification has lapsed, am I still allowed to work?


AANPCP Recertification Application & CE

Q: How many clinical hours and CE credits do I need?

Q: May I focus my NP career in a specialty and still receive credit for my clinical work hours?

Q: How do I submit my CE certificates?

Q: I submitted my application online, but did not upload my additional documents. Will I be charged an added fee for mailing my CEs?

Q: Can I take my CE courses online?

Q: What is a CE accreditor?

Q: What is the difference between Contact Hours, CMEs, and CEUs?

Q: is there a certain number of pharmacology hours I need to submit with my CEs?

Q: I am filling out the CE log, do I need to list every CE certificate I submit? Can i submit a EC tracker

Q: I am currently in school. Can I use my coursework for CE credit?

Q: May I use any of my life support courses for continuing education credit?

Q: Am i able to receive continuing education credit for my preceptorship hours?

Q: Many of my CEs were taken through AANP. Does that mean the AANPCP has them?

Q: Can I use CEs I received before I took the examination?

Q: My certification will soon expire and I don’t have the required number of CEs. If I take CE courses after it expires, can I use them for my recertification?

Q: If I have already met the requirement for 75 CE contact hours, may I use the additional CEs for my next recertification?

Q: If I recertify early, e.g. 6 months before my certification expires, does my certification date change to the date that my recertification is approved?


AANPCP Verification & Fees

Q: What fees are associated with Certification?

Q: How can I pay to take the certification exam and/or any related fees?

Q: If I am a member of AANP, can I receive a discount on the certification application?

Q: I already submitted my application, but have just applied for membership with AANP. Can I still qualify for the member discount?

Q: Can I include my AANP membership dues payment with my AANPCP application for certification?

Q: Is there a fee to send a verification of certification to my state board of nursing?

Q: I would like additional verifications sent to my employer or potential employer. What is the fee?

Q: Will AANPCP automatically notify my state board of nursing or employer of my eligibility to sit for the exam or the results of my certification exam?


Profile Changes & Website Issues

Q: How do I notify AANPCP of a name change?

Q: I am getting married. How do I notify you of a name change that will occur during my application process?

Q: If my certificate or wallet card is lost or destroyed, how do I replace them?

Q: How do I notify you of an address change or email change, and why is this so important?

Q: I registered for an online account. I am already certified by AANPCP but it says I am not. What is the problem?

Q: I am filling out my online application, however, the website is not accepting my information nor does it seem to be saved. What do I do?

Q: I have forgotten my password to log into my account? What do I do?

Q: If I log out, will my application be saved?

Q: I have been filling out my application a little at a time, but when I logged in recently all my information is gone. What has happened?

Q: How do I enable my cookies?


Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Information

Q: What is the difference between AANPCP and AANP?
A: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) certifies Adult, Family, and Adult-Gerontology nurse practitioners through national certification examinations in preparation for licensure and professional credentialing. To start your certification application process, create or access your Online Certification Profile/Account, update your personal information, and select which online application you would like to submit.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)is a separately incorporated entity. It is the only full service membership organization for NP students and NPs of all specialties. AANP provides numerous benefits to members, including access to free continuing education (CE) and reduced registration fees for NP students and members attending the AANP National Conference. Being an AANP member also allows for you to get a discount on your AANPCP applications. For more information about AANP visit: www.aanp.org.

Please be aware that your Certification Number is NOT the same as your AANP Member Number.

Q: What address do I use to mail correspondence or my documents (i.e., CEs, official transcripts, applications, name changes) to AANPCP?
A: Documents should be mailed to: AANPCP, P.O. Box 12926, Austin, TX 78711

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Consensus Model

Q: What is the National Consensus Model for APRN Regulation?
A: In 2008, the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education (LACE) was published. There are currently 45 national nursing organizations, including AANPCP, involved in this collaborative effort. The creation of this regulatory model will help to define the 4 roles of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) today at the graduate level, as well as serve to provide clarity and consistency in states laws, regulations and schools of nursing governing APRN roles, standards, and practices. The goals of the Consensus Model include increased transparency and communication among the 4 regulatory components of licensure, accreditation, certification, and education; and protection of the public by ensuring that APRNs are comprehensively educated and prepared to practice appropriately. The proposed implementation date is 2015.

Q: What does APRN “Core”, “Role” and “Population Foci” mean?
A: For licensure and APRN credentialing under the APRN Consensus Model, requirements specify that all APRNs be educated in nationally recognized competencies of the APRN Core (advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology); the APRN Role (appropriate clinical and didactic experiences in 1 of the 4 APRN roles: certified nurse practitioner (CNP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), certified nurse anesthetist (CNA), certified nurse midwife CNM); and population-focused competencies in at least 1 of 6 population foci: lifespan/family, adult-gerontology, pediatrics, neonatal, women?s health/gender-related, or psych/mental health.

Q. Will I be required to have a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree by 2015 to be eligible to sit for the AANPCP National Certification Exam?
A:The current entry-level preparation for NP practice is a graduate degree in nursing. AANPCP will continue to offer certification as long as you have a master’s degree, post-graduate (post-master’s) certificate, or doctoral degree from an accredited NP program. Changing the entry-level terminal degree for advance practice nurses from a MSN to the DNP by the year 2015 has been under discussion for more than a decade. It is a recommendation, and not yet a mandate.

Q: Where can I find more information on the APRN Consensus Model?
A: For more information and for references, please refer to:

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AANPCP Certification

Q: Does AANPCP offer Practice Exams?
A: Yes, two 75-item multiple-choice Practice Examinations are available; one is for the FNP exam and the other one is for the A-GNP exam. The fee for each test is $50 USD per use. These practice exams are administered independently by uCertify.com, an online testing service, and can be found under the Practice Exams tab. If you would like to take a practice exam more than once, please be aware, there is only one form of the test available per specialty.

Q: What certification examinations are offered by AANPCP?
A:The Certification Program currently offers entry-level Adult, Family, and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exams. AANPCP plans to retire the Adult NP exam in 2016.

Q: Does AANPCP offer educational courses or training materials to prepare exam candidates to take the AANPCP certification exams?
A: No, AANPCP is a certification agency and does not approve, develop, offer, or endorse any educational programs.

Q: Is the AANPCP certification nationally recognized by all states?
A: Yes, the AANPCP certifications (ANP, A-GNP, FNP and GNP) are recognized by all states, as well as by Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration, and most private insurance companies. The GNP certification has been retired as an entry level certification since 2012. Recertification as a GNP can continue to be maintained by clinical practice hours and CEs.

Q: Does Canada recognize the AANPCP certification?
A: In some provinces, yes. NPs should check with the governing board of the province in which they plan to practice.

Q: Will AANPCP be retiring any certification exams soon?
A: The ANP exam will be retired in 2016, and the GNP exam was retired in 2012.As long as NPs maintain current certification with AANPCP as an ANP or GNP through continuing education and clinical practice hours, and do not allow certification to lapse, their credential will not be affected.

Q: I am dual certified as an ANP and GNP. Am I eligible for the Adult-Gerontology(A-GNP)NP certification?
A: Yes, if you hold both an ANP and GNP certification with AANPCP, you have the option to convert your certifications to the A-GNP certification. You will need to complete the Conversion Application and submit the appropriate payment to AANPCP. This can be done through an online application or by paper application (for an additional fee) via mail, email or fax.

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AANPCP Certification Examination & Application

Q: What are the eligibility requirements to take the certification examination?
A: Certification is offered to graduates of accredited master's, post-graduate (post-master's), or doctoral level Adult, Family, and Adult-Gerontology nurse practitioner programs in the U.S. and Canada. In order to complete processing of an applicant’s application, additional requirements include the successful completion of the NP Curriculum which must include:

Please note: Under certain circumstances, AANPCP may require additional information. A notification email will be sent to you if your application will need further documentation.

Q: What is the process of signing up to take the AANPCP certification exam?
A:Basic steps as follows:

  • If you are using the online application for the first time, you will need to create an Online Certification Profile before you can began your application for the certification exam.
  • To create your new online profile, click Begin Certification on the home page, then click the Register button next to New Users.
  • Once you finish creating your account, you may began your application process immediately.
  • Call our office for further assistance.

    ***You must register before you have access to the online application***

    Q: How can I tell if my NP program is accredited?
    A: Your U.S. nurse practitioner program must be accredited by either the CCNE (The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) or the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.), formerly known as the NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.). If you are unsure of your NP program’s accreditation contact the Director of your program for this information. Your program may also have their accreditation listed on CCNE or ACEN websites.

    Q: How soon before I graduate from my nurse practitioner program can I begin the application process?
    A: You may begin the application process as early as 6 months. We encourage you to establish an Online Certification Profile and Account with us. Once you have an account, you may initiate an application for the certification examination, upload the required documents, follow your application progress and view any notes/reminders we may send you regarding your application.

    Q: I have not completed my program. Can I submit my application without a final transcript?
    A: Prior to your graduation, AANPCP will accept an official transcript from your university showing the courses you have completed and academic “work-to-date”. Your application can be processed and approved if the coursework on the transcript meets eligibility requirements. Candidates cannot sit for an examination until after they have completed all didactic courses and clinical practice hours required for their NP program. Examination scores will not be released until we have received your official final transcript or post-graduate (post-master’s) certificate (if applicable) showing completion date of the program and degree or certificate received.

    Q: What is the difference between the “Program Completed“ and “Degree Conferred“ dates?
    A: The Program Completion date is the date all courses and clinical hours in your NP Track are completed. The Degree Conferred date is the date you will be awarded the graduate degree or post-graduate certificate, whichever is applicable. Many students have the ability to complete their NP program (i.e; didactic courses and clinincal hours) before their scheduled graduation and degree conferral date. The AANPCP allows NPs to schedule their certification exam after their NP program is completed, even though their degree has yet to be conferred.

    Please note, although you may sit for a certification exam once you’ve completed the NP portion of your program, we will not release your exam scores or certify you until you have graduated and we receive an official final transcript showing the degree has been conferred or post-graduate certificate awarded, whichever is applicable. If you are a post-graduate certificate candidate, we also need an official copy of the graduate degree in order to release your scores.

    Q: What does a “complete” application mean?
    A: A complete application includes the following:

    E-mails are sent weekly to candidates whose application is missing information. A candidate cannot sit for the exam if their application is incomplete.(You may choose to Unsubscribe or opt out of AANPCP automatic email notifications. Please be advised that choosing not to receive emails from our organization will deactivate your email address. You will NOT receive the emailed copy of your approval once your application has been approved. You WILL still receive the hard copy in the mail 7-10 business days following approval.)

    Q: My state does not mail RN licenses anymore. How can I get a copy of my RN license?
    A: You should first look on your State Board of Nursing’s website. Most states provide an online verification for registered nursing licenses using your license number. Other resources are the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. and Nursys.com

    Q: What is an official final transcript?
    A: An official final transcript will have the university insignia, degree completed, and date degree conferred. AANPCP must receive the official final transcripts in a sealed envelope issued from the school registrar’s office or emailed via a secured website by the registrar. Faxed, unsealed, or tampered transcripts are not official.

    Q: Can transcripts be sent directly from my school?
    A: Yes, they can. Some universities are able to send official transcripts via a secured website (e.g. E-Script, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment) and can be sent to transcripts@aanpcert.org. Otherwise, request that the university send your transcript directly to AANPCP in a sealed envelope.
    *The transcript will not be considered official if it is emailed to our organization directly from University email address. Transcripts MUST be sent through a secured website.

    Q: May I enclose my transcript with my application?
    A: Yes, as long as it is in an envelope sealed by the university’s registrar, it will still be considered an official transcript. We will accept unofficial transcripts for processing and approval of an application.

    Q: Do you expedite processing of certification applications?
    A:AANPCP does not expedite processing of applications. Average processing time for an initial application takes 3 to 6 weeks. This will depend upon receipt of a completed application, with all required documentation and fees. Submitting a complete application will assist in minimizing the amount of time to review the application.

    Q: I am completing a post-graduate (post-master’s) certificate program. Do you still require a transcript from me?
    A: Yes. We require your official final post-graduate transcript as well as a transcript showing your master’s degree in nursing has been awarded. However, we can begin processing your post-graduate application without them if you provide us an official post-graduate transcript of “work-to-date“ to begin your application process. However, if any of your courses have carried over from your master’s program you will need to submit the master’s transcript before you are able to receive approval. Once you have completed your post-graduate program, we will need your official final post-graduate transcript in order to release your certification scores and send you your certificate. If your university does not print the date of program completion on your transcript we will require your PG certificate or a letter from the university showing completion of an accredited Adult, Family, or Adult-Gerontology post-graduate program before we can release your certification.

    Q: How will I know the status of my application?
    A: You will be notified by email if additional information is required for the completion of your application. This is an automatic process that occurs weekly beginning about 2 weeks after you submit your application. You will also be able to view your application status, as well as any missing information, through your online account.

    Q: What is the process for approval of an application to sit for the exam and how will I know I've been approved?
    A:Approval to sit for the examination is granted only after your application is received, reviewed for completeness, and has undergone professional review. Once the application has been approved, you will receive an Approval letter by email and U.S. postal mail from AANPCP. This approval letter will let you know that you have met the requirements and are approved to sit for exam. You will receive a separate Authorization to Test (ATT) letter by email from Professional Examination Service (ProExam) within 10 business days with your ID Registration Number and instructions to schedule your exam at the testing center. You may then select and schedule the date, location, and time for your examination according to the instructions in the letter. If you have not received a letter from ProExam within 14 days of receipt of your ATT email, you should notify AANPCP at (512) 637-0500.

    It is important to note that:

    Q: What can I expect on the day of the examination? What is considered an “acceptable form of identification” that I should take to the testing center?
    A: Please refer to FAQs on the Prometric website for important information regarding “Prometric Testing Center Regulations” and answers to your “Test Center Experience” questions, including what is considered an acceptable form of identification.

    *NOTE: Whichever form of ID applicants decide to use, according to Prometrics requirements the ID used for admission to the testing center MUST match the name the applicant provided to AANPCP on their application. The name on the application is sent from AANPCP to ProExam (the test service administrator), and ProExam submits this information to Prometrics (the testing sites center). If there has been a name change between applying for and taking the examination, you will need to provide adequate proof in a timely matter BEFORE we submit the information to Proexam.

    Q: What if I have an appointment to take the exam and can't make it?
    A: You will need to follow the guidelines of Prometric regarding cancellations. You should call Prometric or the testing center directly to change your scheduled appointment as soon as you know you need to change your scheduled exam. To avoid additional fees, you may change your scheduled exam date and time as long as you are within your 120-day window of opportunity to test AND it is before 12 P.M. noon EST of the third business day PRIOR to your exam. Please note, as of January 1, 2013 Prometric began charging a $50 USD fee for all appointments that are cancelled or rescheduled between 3 and 30 days prior to the date of the exam. Contact the Prometric Customer Service Center to schedule, reschedule, cancel, and confirm appointments.

    Q: Can I request an extension?
    A: Yes, extensions can be granted on a case by case basis with sufficient justification. Examples of sufficient justification would be illness, family obligations, accidents, etc. Keep in mind, if you have not scheduled an exam within your 120 day window, you must cancel the appointment a minimum 3 days before hand in order to avoid complications. If you do not test during your new testing window of 60-days, you will forfeit applicable fees. You will need to reapply as a new applicant and pay all applicable fees. AANPCP reserves the right to deny an extension with reasonable explanation and/or the requirements for requesting an extension have not been met by the applicant.

    Q: May I withdraw from taking the exam?
    A: Yes. You must submit a written request to AANPCP to withdraw from the exam. As long as your request is received before the expiration of your 120-day testing window and as long as you have not scheduled your exam, you will receive a refund less a $120 USD processing fee.

    Q: If I fail the exam, what is the waiting period to retake the examination?
    A: Assuming that your final transcript with your degree posted has been received, you will receive a letter explaining the requirements to retake the examination along with your test results. In order to retake your examination you will be required to document completion of a minimum of 15 contact hours of continuing education that relates to your area of weakness, a general review course is highly recommended. These CEs and/or review course must be completed after the date you sat for your exam. Once the requirement is completed you will be able to apply using the Retake Examination Form.