Our Exams

PNCB certification validates your specialized skills, knowledge, and abilities. Our exams are recognized and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN), the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs (AFPNP), and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).

The PNCB has developed and administered national qualifying exams for graduates from primary care and acute care PNP educational programs as well as the Certified Pediatric Nurse exam. We developed the Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse exam with the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®), and we launched the Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist Certification Exam in 2011.

If you're ready to learn more about an exam and apply, please select your specialty below:

Pediatric Nurse
For nurses with extensive experience in pediatric practice and who demonstrate knowledge and abilities related to pediatric nursing beyond basic RN licensure.

Pediatric Emergency Nurse
For nurses providing urgent and emergent nursing care to pediatric patients and their families. The PNCB and the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) are equal partners in the development and delivery of this exam.

Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
For pediatric nurse practitioner graduates with extensive knowledge in the diagnosis and management of primary care pediatric healthcare issues.

Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
For pediatric nurse practitioners with extensive knowledge in managing the acute and urgent care needs of children in hospitals, clinics and home settings.

Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist
For pediatric primary care providers who have added knowledge, skills, and expertise in the early identification, intervention, and collaboration of care of children and adolescents with mental and behavioral health concerns.



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