If you’re thinking about becoming a nurse practitioner, there are a number of different certifications that you can pursue. However, one of the certifications that you may want to consider if you like working with extremely sick patients, is the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (ACNPC.)
This certification is designed for nurse practitioners that want to work in a facility that primarily treats adults with long-lasting and/or potentially deadly medical conditions. The ACNPC, as a result, can be very helpful if you’re interested in working in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), but there are some things about the certification that you should keep in mind.
- First, the ACNPC Certification is intended for licensed nurse practitioners and not for registered nurses. This is an important distinction to make because the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) will allow you to take the exam with a Registered Nurse (RN) license, but an RN license will not necessarily be enough by itself for you to meet the requirements that you need to meet to work in every state. In other words, each state has its own licensure requirements for nurse practitioners and, while some states will allow you to work as a nurse practitioner as long as you have an RN license and the appropriate education, some states will require you to take an exam, earn your Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License, obtain a certification related to the nursing specialty that you are planning to work in, and/or meet other similar requirements before you begin practicing. This means that it may actually be possible for you to earn your ACNPC Certification before you can legally use it in some states.
- Secondly, it is important to note that you may not need to take the ACNPC Certification Exam to earn the ACNPC certification in some cases. This is because the AACN will accept its competitors’ certifications as evidence of the fact that you know the information that the test would typically assess as long as you meet certain requirements. However, there are a number of requirements that you will need to meet in order to take advantage of this certification option, and the AACN will only accept your certification if it is designed for acute care nurse practitioners and the organization that issued it is accredited.
- Third, some states will allow you to use the ACNPC Certification to meet the specialty certification requirements for the APRN license. However, it is important to note that the ACNPC Certification is only accepted in certain states, and you may need to obtain the Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP – BC) certification or another similar certification to earn your APRN license in some states. According to the AACN, the states that currently accept the ANCPC Certification include, but are not limited to Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
- Finally, it is important to note that the ACNPC Certification and the ACNP-BC certifications are the two primary certifications for nurse practitioners in the acute care specialty, but they are not the only certifications that nurse practitioners can earn. This is important because there may be other certifications that are better suited to the specialty or unit in which you are planning to work. For example, if you would like to work with cancer patients, the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation’s (ONCC’s) Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP) Certification would probably be a more appropriate certification.
ACNPC Renewal Requirements
If you’re thinking about becoming a nurse practitioner and the idea of working in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) appeals to you, you may want to consider the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (ACNPC). This is because the ACNPC will not only help you meet the specialty requirements that some states have for nurse practitioners, but will also help you prove your skills to some of the hospitals and other facilities that may be looking for a nursing professional like you. It is important to note, however, that the ACNPC, like most certifications, is only helpful if it’s actually still valid, and the only way to keep your ACNPC valid is to renew it when you need to. This means that if you’re thinking about becoming an acute care nurse practitioner, you may want to know how to renew your ACNPC certificate.
If you need to renew your ACNPC certificate, there are two main requirements that you will need to meet, and you must meet both of these requirements BEFORE your certification officially expires. In other words, you must meet all of the requirements that you need to meet to renew your certification every five years, and you must meet these requirements before the first day of the month in which you passed the exam.
- First, you must meet the AACN’s renewal eligibility requirements. In order to meet these requirements, you will need a valid nursing license that has not been restricted in any way (it can be an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse license or a Registered Nurse License) and at least 2,000 hours of experience in a position that allowed you to perform the duties of a nurse practitioner in the acute care field. It is important to note that the 2,000 hours of experience that is required to renew you certificate will reset each time that you renew, so you will have to obtain another 2,000 hours of experience to renew your certificate every five years. It is also important to note that you must earn at least 400 hours of the 2,000 hours that you need in the year that you renew your certificate.
ACNPC Renewal Requirements
- Secondly, you must meet either the AACN’s Renewal by Examination Requirement or the AACN’s Renewal by CE Point Requirement. In order to meet the Renewal by Examination Requirement, which is also known as ACNPC Renewal Option 1, you will need to take and pass the ACNPC Test again. If you choose to renew your certification by taking the exam again, you will have to send your exam application, a copy of your nursing license, and your Renewal by Exam fee to the AACN Certification Corporation. The AACN will then examine your application to determine whether you are eligible to take the exam again or not and, if you are eligible, will tell the exam’s administrators to send you the scheduling information that you need.
In order to meet the AACN’s Renewal by CE Point Requirement, you will need to earn 150 continuing education (CE) credits. If you choose to renew your certification through the Renewal by CE Requirement, you will need at least 100 continuing education credits from courses, seminars, and self-assessments that focus on acute care; no more than 50 continuing education credits from activities that are not directly related to an educational program that teaches acute care skills; keep records of all of the credits that you earn (you do not need to send them, but the AACN may audit your records at any time); and send your renewal application with the Renewal by CE fee to the AACN Certification Corporation. If you meet the basic eligibility requirements and pass the exam or obtain the appropriate number of CE credits, you will receive a new ACNPC certificate from the AACN in 6 to 8 weeks. If, on the other hand, you fail to meet these requirements and your certification expires, you will have to apply for a new ACNPC and start the whole process over again.
The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (ACNPC) can be very helpful if you’re looking for a job in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU.) However, it is important to note that in order to obtain the ACNPC, you will have to take and pass the ACNPC Test. The ACNPC Test is a certification exam that the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) created to give medical facilities and state licensing boards a way to determine if a nurse practitioner has the knowledge that he or she needs to treat patients that require a great deal of care or not. This test consists of 175 multiple-choice questions that fall into two main categories, including clinical judgment questions and professional caring and ethical practice questions. The clinical judgment questions will ask you to apply your knowledge of the cardiovascular system, the endocrine system, the gastrointestinal system, hematology, injuries and conditions that affect the skin, Multi-Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS), muscle and bone injuries, neurology, nutrition, the pulmonary system, the renal system, sepsis, shock, Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), and toxins to diagnose and treat the conditions that ICU patients typically have upon their entry into a hospital and/or the conditions that ICU patients may develop while they are in a hospital. The professional caring and ethical practice questions will ask you to apply your knowledge of the standard caring practices and ethical guidelines that nurse practitioners are expected to follow in a variety of different situations. These questions will require you to identify the response that indicates the appropriate course of action for a situation in which care concerns, communication and teamwork issues, cultural differences and/or racial biases, patient advocacy concerns, problems with the system that a hospital uses to treat patients, research concerns, training concerns, and other similar issues may be involved.
If you decide to take the ACNPC Test, you will have to meet a series of requirements set by the AACN. In order to meet these requirements, you will need a valid nursing license that has not been restricted in any way (it doesn’t matter whether it is a Registered Nurse license or an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse license); a master’s degree or a doctoral degree from a nursing program that meets the AACN’s requirements; and send your application, application fee, a copy of your nursing license, an official copy of your graduate school transcript, and any other forms that are required to the AACN Certification Corporation. The AACN Certification Corporation will then check your application to make sure that you are eligible for the exam and, if you are eligible, will contact the exam’s administrators, Applied Measurement Professionals, (AMP) Inc., to inform them that they should send you the information that you need to schedule the exam. You will then receive a postcard and an e-mail that explains how to schedule the exam, explains how you can find out where the exam is offered, and identifies the time period in which you can take the exam.
ACNPC Test Scoring
The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (ACNPC) Test is scored on a pass/fail basis, and you will only be able to pass the exam if you meet or exceed the minimum number of correct answers that the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) has set. The minimum number of correct answers that you will need to pass the ACNPC Test, which is known as the cut score or the passing score, is different from year to year. However, the AACN will typically require you to answer between 109 and 113 of the questions on the exam correctly to achieve a passing score. The score that you receive on the ACNPC Test is not scaled, but the minimum score that you need to achieve to pass the test is based on a series of formulas that take a number of different factors into consideration including the difficulty of each question and the likelihood that an acute care nurse practitioner would be expected to perform the duties discussed in each question in a typical hospital. The exam, as a result, is difficult, but somewhere between 85 and 90% of the nurse practitioners that take the ACNPC Test will pass the test.
It is important to note, however, that only some of the questions on the test are scored and each version of the test will include 20 to 30 experimental questions. This means that you will be required to choose the correct answer for 109 to 113 of the 145 to 155 questions that are actually scored to pass the test. It is also important to note that you will only have 3 1/2 hours (210 minutes) to complete the exam, and there are no official breaks during the exam (you can take a break if you want, but the exam clock won’t stop until you run out of time.) Once you have answered all of the questions and confirmed that you are actually done or you have run out of time, the test will end. The exam’s administrators will then use the computer system to calculate your score and print out a score report that indicates whether you passed or failed the exam, the total number of questions that you answered correctly, and the percentage of each subject area that you answered correctly (which can be useful if you don’t pass and you need to take the exam again.) If your score is equal to or above the cut score, the AACN will then send you the actual certificate for your ACNPC in about 6 to 8 weeks.
If, on the other hand, your score is below the cut score, you may choose to take the test again. In order to take the ACNPC test again, you must fill out the application and all of the appropriate forms, provide the documentation that you originally provided to prove that you were eligible to take the test (see the ACNPC Test article for more information on the documents that are required), and pay the appropriate retest fee. If you do not pass the exam on your second try, you may continue to retake the exam until you pass. However, it is important to note that the AACN will never allow you to take the exam more than four times in any given year.
ACNPC Test Tips
The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (ACNPC) is one of the many different certifications that the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) offers to nursing professionals that are planning to work in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) or other similar acute care units. However, it is important to note that the ACNPC, unlike many of the other certifications that the AACN offers, is specifically designed for nurse practitioners and not standard nurses. This is important because the AACN will only allow professionals that have the skills and knowledge that they need to be effective nurse practitioners to earn the ACNPC credential, and you will have to pass the ACNPC Test to prove that you have these skills. This means that you have to know how to pass a test that covers all of the different things that a nurse practitioner has to know, and passing a test that covers just about everything is not an easy task.
However, it may be possible to make the ACNPC Test a whole lot easier if you keep a few simple tips in mind.
- First, try not to overcomplicate the questions. The questions on the ACNPC Test are designed to see if you know a variety of different things, but the exam’s designers understand the fact that you will only have about a minute and half to two minutes to answer each question. Most of the questions on the exam, as a result, are only intended to see if you know how to perform the procedures and treat the conditions that are common in an ICU or another similar acute care unit. This means that if you think the question requires a complex set of procedures to treat, is related to a rare condition, or requires a bunch of different calculations to determine a dosage, you probably missed something. In other words, if a question looks like it’s really complicated, try to read it again. In most cases, the question isn’t as difficult as it actually seems and, let’s face it, there’s no reason to make the exam any more complicated than it already is.
- Secondly, try to keep an eye on the clock. The ACNPC Test is administered via a computer that has a clock that keeps track of exactly how much time you have left to answer the questions. This means that you may want to glance at the clock periodically to make sure that you are not taking too long on any one question. In fact, the exam will end as soon as the clock runs out, so it is extremely important to make sure that you give yourself enough time to answer all of the questions.
- Finally, if you’ve read a question over and over again and you still don’t have any idea which answer is correct, look for answer choices that you think are right and ignore the answer choices that you think are wrong. This will help you to eliminate the answers that are probably incorrect, so you can focus on the answer choices that are more likely to be the correct answer. In fact, if you can eliminate all of the options except for one, the answer that you are left with is probably the correct answer. However, if you find a question that there’s no way to eliminate all of the options except for one, try to look at each of the answer choices that you think are correct and choose the option that appears to be the most logical. The cut score or, in other words, the minimum score that you need to achieve to pass the ACNPC Test, is simply the total number of correct answers that you have to have. This means that you have to answer as many questions as you can because every question that you do not answer is one more question that won’t count towards the minimum score that you need to achieve.