Certification exams AANP vs. ANCC

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    Hello to all NPs who have recently taken certification exams. What should I study? I am just overwhelmed with material. I have done the Fitzgerald CDs which were great. I have also gone through a book of 2500 questions, not as helpful. Any other suggestions? Is one exam that different than the other? Any difference in the two, AANP vs. ANCC? Thanks
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    Quote from JACKMAC
    Hello to all NPs who have recently taken certification exams. What should I study? I am just overwhelmed with material. I have done the Fitzgerald CDs which were great. I have also gone through a book of 2500 questions, not as helpful. Any other suggestions? Is one exam that different than the other? Any difference in the two, AANP vs. ANCC? Thanks
    Hello, JACKMAC,

    The Fitzgerald CDs are very valuable in preparation.

    The ANCC has study guides that are useful as well. What area of certification do you seek?
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    I am taking the ANP certification. In my state the rules governing us changed in Jan 05 so that we have to be certified BEFORE we can even apply to the board to practice. It has really made it difficult for new grads and employers to hire us.
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    I took the ANCC exam and found Fitzgerald to be the biggest help.
    I didnt even need all the other study aides (but only know that now!)


    Quote from JACKMAC
    Hello to all NPs who have recently taken certification exams. What should I study? I am just overwhelmed with material. I have done the Fitzgerald CDs which were great. I have also gone through a book of 2500 questions, not as helpful. Any other suggestions? Is one exam that different than the other? Any difference in the two, AANP vs. ANCC? Thanks
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    So, what is the difference between the two certification bodies?
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    From what I understand, the ANCC certifies nurses in general from RNs to NPs in certain areas, advanced practice or not. The AANP only certifies NPs (ANP or FNP only) and represents NPs only. The problem with the AANP is that they test in cycles 3 times per year so if you don't know that (like me too late) then you have to wait until the next cycle, which can be 4 months. There test cycles seem to be heavily concentrated in the summer so if you graduate in August you better have everything ready to send.

    The ANCC you can test all year so there are no deadlines, which is the only reason I am taking their test. I would rather take the test and support the AANP since their interest is more toward NPs but they don't have the convieince of the ANCC.

    You also sign your name differently based on the test you take too, although I rarely see this done in practice most people sign FNP or NP not APRN-BC. If you are a student, I highly, highly recommend going to www.fhea.com and look under certification information before you graduate. I also recommend, as do others, taking Fitzgeralds review course. It was better than my grad program.

    I hope this helps.
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    Thank you! A tremendous help - I am in an on line program with students in every state and a few different countries (including Egypt), so their advising about requirements is not too helpful. Yours has been great -
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    Thanks this was very helpful.


    Quote from JACKMAC
    From what I understand, the ANCC certifies nurses in general from RNs to NPs in certain areas, advanced practice or not. The AANP only certifies NPs (ANP or FNP only) and represents NPs only. The problem with the AANP is that they test in cycles 3 times per year so if you don't know that (like me too late) then you have to wait until the next cycle, which can be 4 months. There test cycles seem to be heavily concentrated in the summer so if you graduate in August you better have everything ready to send.

    The ANCC you can test all year so there are no deadlines, which is the only reason I am taking their test. I would rather take the test and support the AANP since their interest is more toward NPs but they don't have the convieince of the ANCC.

    You also sign your name differently based on the test you take too, although I rarely see this done in practice most people sign FNP or NP not APRN-BC. If you are a student, I highly, highly recommend going to www.fhea.com and look under certification information before you graduate. I also recommend, as do others, taking Fitzgeralds review course. It was better than my grad program.

    I hope this helps.
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    I took AANP cerification. Fitzgerald's is the only review I used. It was very helpful. I highly recommend it! I learned stuff not even taught in my program
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    I used Fitzgerald and a prep exam book that went through questions and answers by Hollier that was very helpful as it has 5 questions or so on each page with answers and rationale on the back of the page. I also used the Winland-Brown book with the CD and it was not as helpful as it was too in depth. And I have horrible test anxiety but when I started the AANP exam lots of the stuff I had studied was on there and I calmed down and passed.


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