AC-PNP Exam Eligibility

AC-PNP Exam Eligibility


Two key requirements for Nurse Practitioners to achieve AC-PNP Exam Eligibility are as follows:

  1. Licensure Requirement: Current, active, unencumbered RN license issued by a US state, US territory, or Canada

AND 1 of the following education requirements:

  1. Graduation from an accredited college or university that offers an ACEN or CCNE accredited formal nursing masters or doctoral degree with a concentration in pediatric acute care as a nurse practitioner or formal dual primary/acute care program.
  2. Graduation from a formal post master’s pediatric acute care nurse practitioner certificate program from an accredited college or university.


 Education Notes РYour education must include:

  1. A minimum of 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).
  2. And completion of three separate comprehensive graduate-level courses in:
    1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principals across the lifespan.
    2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches.
    3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics for all broad categories of agents.
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