CPNP-AC Exam Eligibility
Learn about eligibility requirements and any supporting documents before you apply.
- Avoid application delays: Transcripts are required for all CPNP applicants. See transcript requirements and address.
- Have a disability covered by the ADA Act and need accommodations during testing? Indicate your need for accommodations on the online application and promptly submit the Special Accommodations Form.
- Questions about the DNP impact on certification eligibility? Read PNCB’s statement on DNP Impact on Certification to learn more about this evolving topic.
Current, active, unencumbered RN license issued by a US state, US territory, or Canada and meet educational requirement below
Graduation from an accredited college or university that offers a ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing master's or doctoral degree with a concentration in pediatric acute care as a nurse practitioner or formal dual primary/acute care program
Graduation from a post master's pediatric acute care nurse practitioner certificate program from an accredited college or university
Your education must include:
- a minimum of 500 supervised direct care clinical practice hours in acute care pediatrics. For more information on what is considered acute care, please see NONPF's Statement on Acute Care and Primary Care Certified Nurse Practitioner Practice (2012).
- and completion of three separate comprehensive graduate-level courses in:
- Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principals across the lifespan.
- Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches.
- Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics for all broad categories of agents.