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What is the difference between a CRNP (certified registered nurse practitioner) and an ARNP (advanced registered nurse practitioner)? Are they the same thing???
These are state-designated titles for nurse practitioners. Each state of jurisdiction has their own official credential for NP's and they are afforded title protection, meaning, no individual can use the credential or letters after their name if they are not registered as such with the state. What state do you live in? Our state's official designation is simply "NP" or "CNP" in Michigan.
The other titles that you see such as ACNP-BC, NP-C, AC-PNP, etc., are examples of national certification NP's earn when they pass national board examinations. Each national certifying body (ANCC, AANP, PNCB, etc.) also have their own designated letters to use for credentials. ACNP's for instance, are awarded the ACNP-BC credential by ANCC; however, AACN awards the ACNPC credential. It all depends on which national exam the NP took and passed. Very confusing isn't it?