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ANCC Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Certification Exam Update, Effective November 1, 2020

ANCC Statement, Effective November 1, 2020: the exam will allow 3.5 hours to answer 175 questions (150 scored plus 25 pretest questions that are not scored). The test content outline for the AGACNP certification exam will be updated. Please access the appropriate Test Content Outlines below. There will be a 3-business day test suspension period to allow for the exams to be updated. You may test before October 28, 2020 or after October 31, 2020.

Source: https://www.nursingworld.org/our-certifications/adult-gerontology-acute-care-nurse-practitioner/


Fitzgerald Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Certification Exam Review & changes to the ANCC exam

The ANCC exam is now similar to the AACN exam. The ANCC exam now focuses more on the "clinical" aspect of care. The good news is that the current Fitzgerald Review continues to prepare candidates for both the AACN and ANCC certification exams equally. The structure of the ANCC exam has only changed to a minor degree and the content (while likely including new questions) is very similar, if not the same.


Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Certification and Licensure Information

American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
No changes
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Retired October 31, 2020
NEW: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Effective November 1, 2020
Testing Domains Clinical judgment – 79%
Professional caring and ethical practice – 21%
APRN core competencies –16%
Clinical practice – 46%
Role/professional responsibility – 33%
Health care systems – 5%
APRN core competencies –23%
Clinical practice – 45%
Role/professional responsibility – 32%

Source: https://www.nursingworld.org/our-certifications/adult-gerontology-acute-care-nurse-practitioner/;
https://www.aacn.org/~/media/aacn-website/certification/get-certified/handbooks/acnpcagexamhandbook.pdf


Comparison of Certification Exams: AACN vs. ANCC

American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
No changes
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Retired October 31, 2020
NEW: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Effective November 1, 2020
Length of Test 175 questions (includes 150 scored questions and 25 sample questions),
3.5-hour time frame
200 questions (including 25 pretest questions),
4-hour time frame
175 questions (including 25 pretest questions),
3.5-hour time frame

Source: https://www.aacn.org/~/media/aacn-website/certification/get-certified/handbooks/acnpcagexamhandbook.pdf;
https://www.nursingworld.org/our-certifications/adult-gerontology-acute-care-nurse-practitioner/;
https://www.aacn.org/~/media/aacn-website/certification/get-certified/handbooks/certpolicyhndbk.pdf


Always check for the most recent online certification testing information from AACN or ANCC, as this is subject to change.