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PNP Certification

NAPNAP is not a certifying body and does not certify pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs).  

Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

NAPNAP publicly supports the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). NAPNAP, together with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) chartered the PNCB (formerly the NCBPBP/N) in 1975 as a separately incorporated certification board. Today the PNCB certifies more than 95% of all nationally certified PNPs. PNCB offers the following certifications for pediatric nurse practitioners:

  • Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care (CPNP-PC®)
  • Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care (CPNP-AC®)
  • Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist (PMHS)

American Nurses Credentialing Center 

NAPNAP also recognizes PNPs certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC Commission on Certification (COC) decided to retire the examination for the Pediatric Primary Care NP (PPCNP) board certification as of December 31, 2018. The decision to retire this certification was based on the persistently low number of initial test takers and the availability of a primary care PNP certification through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). 

If you hold an ANCC PPCNP certification, you can continue to maintain and renew the PPCNP-BC certification by fulfilling the published renewal requirements found at https://www.nursingworld.org/certification/renewals/. The renewal requirements were recently updated to focus on continual life-long learning and acquisition of new knowledge and recognize the wide range of roles you may hold during your career.

PNP Certification Review Courses

NAPNAP offers its certification review courses in conjunction with its national conference in March and symposia in the summer or fall. Get more info about review courses. Review courses are also great opportunities for FNPs looking for a deeper dive into pediatrics.

NAPNAP offers PNP Certification Review Course manuals. Visit the NAPNAP store to order.