Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam Information

Certifying Body

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB)

Method of Certification

150-question multiple choice examination

Certification Credential


Certification Statement

AANPCB collaborated with the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP) in 2016 to develop the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Specialty Certification Examination for certified Family Nurse Practitioners who work in emergency care specialty areas. NPs certified by AANPCB as an ENP must maintain active certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner in order to renew ENP certification.


Medical Screening—20%
Medical Decision Making/Differential Diagnosis—27%
Patient Management—31%
Patient Disposition—14%
Professional, Legal, and Ethical Practices—8%

Eligibility Criteria

Option 1

1. Minimum of 2,000 direct emergency care clinical practice hours as a Family NP in the past 5 years
2. Evidence of 100 hours of continuing emergency care education
3. Minimum of 30 continuing education hours in emergency care procedural skills within those 5 years

Option 2

Completion of an academic emergency care graduate/post-graduate NP program from an accredited nursing program.

Option 3

Completion of an approved emergency fellowship program.