Fall 2011   

History of PNCB'S Program Review and the Future Program Resources Application

Our Past - For over 20 years the PNCB reviewed PNP educational programs. During the early years of NP education our Board found that this education was variable and therefore required programs to submit detailed program information. We thank our volunteer faculty members who spent numerous hours reviewing PNP programs.

PNCB endorses the National Task Force Criteria (NTFC) which focuses on the same quality indicators previously required for PNCB's Program Review. Because all PNP programs must be accredited by CCNE or NLNAC, and because of our NCCA accreditation criteria, PNCB has decided that an in-depth program review is no longer necessary.

Your Future - As we transition to Program Resources our goals are to support faculty with a library of current documents, with FAQs regarding the 2008 APRN Consensus Model, and to record and track data collected annually for an aggregate report that will be shared during the national NAPNAP conferences. The objective of this report is to assist you with exploring national trends and issues in PNP education. You will also continue to have access to your Student Exam Performance Report.

Annual Application - Each recognized PNP program will be required to complete a yearly application documenting PNP accreditation dates, required clinical practice hours and what might be practice areas for typical students plus course numbers, titles and credit hours for Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology and Advanced Health Assessment courses. This year we will also collect information about how simulation hours are being used, the number of simulation hours included in each program and information about the availability of online programs.

Look for our early November 2011 email that will include log-in information to complete the application. All applications should be completed and submitted to PNCB no later than November 30, 2011.

PNP Program Accreditation

In our transition to Program Resources our Documentation of Education Form was updated. We now require documentation of your PNP program's CCNE or NLNAC accreditation dates.

Programs that make significant changes to the PNP curriculum after completing the annual Program Resources Application must submit to PNCB a copy of the accrediting agency's letter of acceptance of the substantive change in the program.

Hot Topics

Clinical Practice

As a certification organization, the PNCB must be cognizant of the regulatory and educational requirements related to PNP education. The NTFC, which are the standard for CCNE and NLNAC accreditation, requires a minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours per program track. We will look at the newly drafted criteria, once approved, for guidance on acute and primary care dual programs within the same population.

Acute Care Programs - The PNCB has historically recommended 600 supervised clinical hours including 50 hours dedicated to well child. With the change to Program Resources, we continue to strongly recommend this number and type of supervised clinical hours.

Students will continue to be eligible for PNCB's PNP exams as long as programs are accredited by either CCNE or NLNAC and the student's education preparation matches the examination for which they are applying.

Clinical Practice Settings

We have noticed an increase in the amount of questions about appropriate clinical settings for PNP students. The NTF Criterion IV.B(2) states that "Clinical settings used are diverse and sufficient in number to ensure that the student will meet core curriculum guidelines and program/track goals".

Partnership for Success

PNCB will assist you and your staff to manage important changes to your PNP programs. We are continuing our joint effort with the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Programs (AFPNP) Partnership for Success program to address your questions regarding curriculum design and other important program and student related concerns. Please continue to email your questions to programresources@pncb.org. Questions will be shared with our volunteer faculty members and answers published in our FAQs.

We encourage you to review the FAQs and also visit our Faculty Resource Library.

2010 Exam Statistics

739 Primary Care PNP Graduates
174 Acute Care PNP Graduates

666 Primary Care
149 Acute Care

Pass Rates
Primary Care CPNP = 80%
Acute Care CPNP = 76%

Documentation Required for Students' Exam Eligibility!

PNCB endorses the 2008 NTFC which states that official transcripts must include the NP role and population focus of educational preparation. As part of the exam application process, the PNCB requires that graduates submit an official transcript documenting completion of all of the requirements for the Master's or Post-Graduate PNP program. The transcript must also contain the role (NP) and population (pediatric acute care or pediatric primary care or both) focus of the program.

If your school does not currently post this information on the transcript, we require a letter from the College or University Registrar, on official letterhead, documenting that the student completed the acute, primary or dual PNP program.

If the exam candidate has graduated from a post-graduate PNP program and your school does not include the post-graduate completion date on the transcript, we require this information in addition to the role and population focus of the program. This information may be submitted on college or university official letterhead as explained above. Letters may be faxed to 301-330-1504 or emailed to exam@pncb.org.


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