Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education for the Nurse Practitioner
Primary Care & Acute Care CNPs - Statement regarding the distinction between Acute and Primary Care NPs.
Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs, 4th Edition, 2012: A Report of the National Task Force (NTF) on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education - An important resource for those involved in the preparation, credentialing, and licensing of nurse practitioners.
The Value of Accreditation
Graduate NP Program Accreditation
To qualify for the AANPCB certification examination, applicants must have completed an accredited NP program in the U.S. or an approved Canadian NP program. NP programs in the U.S. must be accredited by one of the following organizations:
- CCNE - The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- ACEN - Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (formerly known as the NLNAC)
American Association of Nurse Practitioners CE Opportunities*
Members of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) cite continuing education as one of the most important considerations regarding their membership. AANP maintains the AANP CE Center, an online CE portal with more than 100 AANP-accredited online activities and continuing education (CE) programs free to current AANP members. The CE Center provides CE that meets the role and population-foci requirements for an advanced practice nurse's maintenance of certification. AANP also provides the CE Opportunities Calendar and listings for Independent CE Opportunities of live CE programs and self-study CE programs accredited by the AANP, AANP Approved Providers, and AANP Partners.
- The AANP online continuing education portal: provides members access to over 100 online continuing education activities, with online testing, program evaluations, and certificate generation as soon as the program requirements are completed. New programs are added frequently and many offer pharmacology credit. Programs accredited by AANP, AANP-approved providers, and AANP partners. CE activities are saved in the AANP Member's CE Center Portfolio. The AANP and AANPCB do not share databases. AANPCB is unable to access the AANP CE Center activities or logs.
Accredited continuing nursing education or continuing medical educational providers are listed under the tab Recertify as a courtesy. The list is not inclusive and does not imply endorsement by AANPCB. Individuals are responsible for determining whether or not the type of credit is acceptable for recertification requirements.
*AANPCB is not responsible for the content of external websites.