Ready to earn your certification?
PNCB certifications empower nursing professionals to practice confidently with every child and adolescent in their care. Children and teens aren't little adults. They need expert clinicians in hospitals, schools, pediatric practices, specialty clinics, home health care, or any other setting where youth physical and emotional well-being needs support. Nurses must understand how children develop and thrive to help them achieve the best life possible, now and in the future.
PNCB offers 4 types of certification exams to assess the knowledge and critical thinking of pediatric nursing professionals. More than 50,000 actively certified nurses rely on their PNCB credentials to prove they've met the highest standard in the unique specialty of pediatrics.
Certified Pediatric Nurse - CPN
As a nurse, you want to be at your peak when practicing. As a pediatric nurse, you're passionate about making a meaningful impact on child health. Make it official with CPN certification. The CPN examination validates the knowledge and expertise of pediatric nurses beyond basic RN licensure. Eligible RNs practice in a variety of roles and settings. In a 2020 PNCB survey, 83% of health care leaders stated that they prefer to hire a CPN over a pediatric nurse without the CPN credential. More than 94% of CPNs recertified for 2021. See a video about why you should get certified. Tell your employer about no-risk testing if our No Pass, No Pay benefit is not offered where you work.
Acute Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – CPNP-AC
The CPNP-AC examination is for the pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) who has graduated from a master's or DNP degree program or post-graduate certificate program for acute care PNPs. CPNP-ACs provide family-centered and culturally respectful care for pediatric patients with acute, complex, critical, and chronic illness across a variety of care settings. See a video about CPNP-ACs.
Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – CPNP-PC
The CPNP-PC examination is for the pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) who has graduated from a master's or DNP degree program or post-graduate certificate program for primary care PNPs. CPNP-PCs provide care to children from birth through young adult with an in-depth knowledge and experience in pediatric primary health care including well child care and prevention/management of common pediatric acute illnesses and chronic conditions. See a video about CPNPs.
Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist – PMHS
Timely access to care in familiar settings: The PMHS examination recognizes and validates the knowledge, skills and abilities of the eligible PNP, FNP, PMHNP, and CNS who is experienced in early identification and intervention for developmental, behavioral, or mental health conditions typically seen in primary care; assesses, diagnoses, and manages these conditions; and when needed, also helps patients and their families manage these concerns until specialized care is available. PMHSs play a role in collaboration and coordination of care with other professionals in medical and educational settings. See a video and testimonials.