CPNP-AC Exam Eligibility

License & education requirements
We are currently preparing to launch new exam forms and therefore are implementing a testing blackout period which begins Wednesday, February 13.  Candidates will be provided updated eligibility notification as it becomes available. The new testing window will be April 15 to May 5, 2019. Thank you for your understanding and patience.  Please contact PNCB at exam@pncb.org with any questions. Blackout Notice for Prospective Employers. Press Release: PNCB Announces CPNP-AC Exam ActionSee updates and FAQs here

CPNP-AC Exam Eligibility

Learn about eligibility requirements and any supporting documents before you apply. See the exam blackout notice above. 

Requirement Details

1. Licensure

Current, active, unencumbered RN license issued by a US state, US territory, or Canada and meet educational requirement below

2. Education

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

Education Notes

Your education must include:

  • a minimum of 500 (PNCB strongly recommends 600) 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.

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