The Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care (CPNP-AC) exam certifies graduates of acute care pediatric nurse practitioner programs.
You will need a current, valid, unrestricted, and unencumbered RN license plus final official transcript(s) sent directly from your school to PNCB.
The cost is $385. Re-testing is $270. After review of your complete application, PNCB sends you an Approval & Scheduling Notice and 90-day window in which to schedule and test.
The exam is 3 hours and asks 175 multiple-choice questions based on categories in the content outline, an essential study reference. We offer the resources at right to help you prepare.
Check your application status regularly to ensure that all necessary documents have been received and that your application is complete. Tracking your status online, in real time, means you can follow up on documents not yet received and keep your application moving forward.
Test within your assigned 90-day window. Arrive 30 minutes early, proper IDs in hand, and take your exam. Pass/fail status is provided before you leave the center.
You receive official results by mail 2-3 weeks after testing. Verification of your certification is available on-demand for boards of nursing listed on your application.
Our suggestion is to always list your degree first, then licensure followed by certification. Should you have any awards or honors, these come last. Listing your highest
degree first is fairly standard. If you have a non-nursing degree, this would come next then licensure. If you have multiple certifications, often people list the one earned first in the first
position, and the one earned most recently in the final position.
Terri Moore, DNP, MPA, RN, CPNP-AC
Let others know the value of your PNCB certification by wearing your lapel pin and introducing yourself as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner to patients, their families, and peers. Mention your credential in your hospital staff bio. If you want to use your CPNP-AC credential when charting, be sure to check your employer's policy on doing so. The CPNP-AC credential is federally trademarked and may only be used by those who earn and actively maintain their certification.
☐ Recertification is annual, so start planning now how you will fulfill requirements. You will recertify between October 1 and January 31 prior to the expiration date on your online wallet card.
☐ Use My ReCErt Tracker any time of the year to archive contact hours and other activities. When you recertify, these will conveniently pre-load in your Recertification application.
☐ See the My CPNP Corner resource page for free CE, volunteer opportunities, discounts on nursing-related products, and more.