American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC)

The American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) accredits certification programs that have met the standards set forth on assessment-based certificates, examination-based certificates, and portfolio assessment certificates.

Below are the accredited certification programs with their granting organization, as of February 2020. For most up-to-date information, refer to the ABSNC website.

Accredited Certification Programs
Organization Accredited Certification Program(s) Minimum Career Level Required
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP)
Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP)
APRN
American Board for Certification of Gastroenterology Nurses (ABCGN) Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse (CGRN) RN
American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN) Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN®)
Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN®)
RN
American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. (ABPANC, Inc.) Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN®)
Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA®)
RN
American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Center (AHNCC) Nurse Coach Board Certified (NC-BC®)
Holistic Nurse Board Certified (HN-BC®)
Holistic Nurse Baccalaureate Board Certified (HNB-BC®)
Advanced Holistic Nurse Board Certified (AHN-BC®)
Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse Board Certified (APHN-BC®)
NC-BC, HN-BC, HNB-BC, AHN-BC: RN
APRH-BC: APRN
American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board (ALNCCB) Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC®) RN
Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB) Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN)
Certified Addictions Registered Nurse – Advanced Practice (CARN-AP)
CARN: RN
CARN-AP: APRN
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) – Nurse Practitioner Certifications Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC)
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PPCNP-BC) Renewal Only
Psychiatric-Mental health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) (PMHNP-BC)
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC)
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-BC)
APRN
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) – Clinical Nurse Specialist Certifications Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS-BC) APRN
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) – Registered Nurse Certifications Nursing Case Management
Ambulatory Care
Pain Management
Medical-Surgical
Pediatric
Gerontological
Psychiatric Mental Health
Cardiac/Vascular
Informatics
Nursing Professional Development
Nurse Executive (NE-BC)
Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC)
RN
Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®)
Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®)
Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®)
Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN®)
RN
Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates (CBUNA) Certified Urologic Nurse Practitioner (CUNP) APRN
Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR®)
Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM®)
RN
Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN®)
Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN®)
CHPN: RN
ACHPN: APRN
Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation (INCC) Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI®) RN
Medical Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®)
Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM®)
RN
National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Non-Surgical Pain Management (NSPM-C)
APRN
National Board of Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN) NCSN® RN
National Certification Corporation (NCC) Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHCNP)
APRN
Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN)
Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN)
Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT)
CNN and CDN: RN
CCHT: Clinical Hemodialysis Technician Training Program
Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board (ONCB) Orthopaedic Nurse Certification (ONC®)
Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner Certification (ONP-C®)
ONC: RN
ONP-C: APRN
Radiologic Nursing Certification Board (RNCB) Certified Radiology Nurse (CRN®) RN
Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board (RNCB), part of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN®) RN
Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (CWOCN®)
Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN®)
Certified Ostomy Care Nurse (COCN®)
Certified Continence Care Nurse (CCCN®)
Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse (CWON®)
RN

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