I am graduating in January and hope to take my boards (mand in DE) as soon as possible. Could you all give me your opinion on which board you took, which you prefered, benefits of each?
Also, how long did it take you to get your letter saying you were able to sit? And, if your state offers a temp permit, how long after you applied did you receive it?
Dec 28, '03
Depends on your specialty...
I took the American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC], because it was the only one available for Gerontological Nurse Practitioners.
I believe that most other specialties have other choices.
I thought that they were easy--- Good luck with whatever you decide.
Jan 5, '04
Sorry to answer so late but I have been away from my pc for the holidays (about the only time I get a break...).
I ended up taking the board certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Which is why I go by NP-C instead of FNP. My degree is in Family Practice, but the AANP sanctions NP-C for Nurse Practitioner Certified. I applied to ANCC, but got such a run around and delay for taking the exam that I contacted AANP. AANC wanted a boatload more information and paperwork filled out. I would have had to wait almost six months to take the AANC exam, while the AANP wait was only three months for the computer version, or two months for the paper and pencil exam. To my knowledge the AANP is the only certifying agency still giving the paper and pencil certifying exam.
Oh yeah, AANP cost for taking the exam was less than AANC. I got my results back in four weeks, but that was because I took the paper and pencil exam. Other NP's I know were notified at the end of the exam(the computer version) with AANP that they had passed. The AANC takes approximately six weeks to notify you if you are successful, and they do that by mail. Don't let my situation influence you, contact each agency and get their song and dance before you decide.
Texas issues a 90 day intermediate permit to practice, but wants you to take the exam during that time. I did not apply for it because of the delay of both AANC and AANP in setting my dates for writing the boards. Whatever you do fill out all the paperwork correctly the first time, photocopy everything you send, and send everything via registered mail with return receipt requested. Hope this helps.....good luck.