Advancing Your Professional
What is Certification?
• Method of validating RN competence to
assess and meet the needs of patients in
ways that ensure optimal outcomes
• Successful outcome of an exam
• ANCC-American Nurses Credentialing
What Certifications Are Available?
• Ambulatory Care
• Cardiac Vascular
• Nursing Case Management
• Pain Management
• Psychiatric and Mental Health
• Others for Advanced Practice Nurses
• See Journey to Pediatric Certification
• Peds certification by Pediatric Nursing
• Professional advancement by meeting high
• Assure the public and employers of advanced
knowledge, skills and performance
• RN certification has been linked with better
• 90% of managers prefer to hire certified nurses
• Certified RNs earn average of $9000/year than
Source: Blair, M., Hill, K., Walters, B. J., Senn, L. Brockopp, D.A. (2011) Caring for nurses: hospital-based study groups for certification, Journal for Nurses in
Staff Development, 27(4), 165-169.
Who is Eligible?
• All requirements must be completed
prior to application for the examination.
• Hold a current, active RN license
• Have practiced the equivalent of two
years full time as a registered nurse
Who is Eligible?
• Have a minimum of 2,000 hours of
clinical practice in ambulatory care
and/or telehealth nursing within the last
• Have completed 30 hours of continuing
education in ambulatory care and/or
telehealth nursing within the last three
Path to Certification
• Read Handbook at
• Send application
• Receive Eligibility Letter
• Schedule and take exam within 90 days (date
indicated in letter)
Plan to certify
• Study plan-start 6 mos before exam
• ANCC and AAACN have many resources
that can be purchased
• If there is interest, NES can help with
UW Eligibility Criteria
• See Policy 3.18 Clinical Certification Policy
for Nursing. There is a reimbursement. See
Success Pays program on Uconnect or
Ambulatory Clinics Education Workspace.
• Must be at least 0.5 FTE
• Must be employed for at least 1 year
• Must be in good standing
UW Criteria- cont.
• Certification must be directly related to
• Certification from an appropriate, national
• Must pass the test
• Computer-based exam
• ID and fingerprint scan
• No penalty for guessing
• 3.5 hours to complete
• On-site test results
What Does It Cost?
• For ANA members its $270 for initial
certification exam (paid by UW); for non-
members its $395.
• For AAACN members its $340
• Join ANA thru WNA at
• Study materials (optional)
• Cost of CEUs to maintain certification
• Renewal fee every 5 years
Benefits of Certification
• Professional growth
• Use of RN-BC credential
• Yearly bonus of $300 from UW
• Cost of certification and renewal paid by
UW at the WNA member rate
• Valuable for resume