Questions Regarding Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN-BC) Exam Prep

  1. Hello! I confirmed with the American Nurses Credentialing Center that I am eligible to sit for the Advanced Public Health Nursing Certification Exam under Option C. My intention is to be certified as APHN-BC over the next 6 months.
    1. Is anyone out there an Advanced Public Health Nurse-Board Certified (APHN-BC) or a Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist-Board Certified (PHCNS-BC)?
    2. Can anyone give me some guidance on study preparation courses or online training that may be beneficial?
    3. Will the list of references on the ANCC's website & the study guide produced by the ASTDN be sufficient study tools?
    4. Is the sample test on the ANCC's website reflective of the actual exam (albeit the short length)?
    I am looking for study preparation tools/guidance, so if you know of any websites, courses, etc. that may be helpful, I would be grateful if you'd point me in the right direction. Thank you!
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  3. by   wish_me_luck
    I have no suggestions, Ms. Marie, but I just wanted to wish you the best of luck!! I know you will do wonderful!
  4. by   yosmartpants
    i have no guidance but i am also looking to take the exam in the next couple months. i just graduated from an entry level msn in public health (sf bay area) and figure i might as well get certified!
  5. by   tmarie75
    I am newly Board Certified as an APHN as of Oct. 2012 (Option B). Unfortunately, there are not much in terms of study guides available for our specialty. The one on the ASTDN website is a good resource, and hits the main topics covered by the exam. You would just probably need to expand upon the concepts as necessary depending upon your weaknesses in certain areas. I used this as a refresher before I took the exam. From what I can remember, the exam is similar to the study questions offered by ANCC. Between the ASTDN study guide, and the ANCC reference list, you should be well-prepared to sit for the exam.

    Honestly, I did not really study very much for it. This was not my intention of course, but life circumstances such as full-time work, full-time doctoral program, and part-time MSN program sort of got in the way of my study plans. However, I had already registered and paid for the exam, so I had to take it. I used the ASTDN book as a refresher for some of the areas I was weakest on the night before. I do have an MPH and have spent the last 10 years working in public health in some capacity. I did not find the exam to be too difficult, just very long. There are 175 questions and you have 3.5 hrs. to test. You usually can eliminate 2 answers and then are stuck with trying to choose between 2 answers that both seem correct. It's the standard process of elimination and choosing the best answer. I used all my time, and received my results afterward at the testing site. I prayed hard that day, and luckily I received a passing score.

    You'll be be surprised about how much you really know. Study hard, eat breakfast, and get a lot of sleep. You will do well. I wish you lots of luck, and I look forward to seeing your post when you pass the exam announcing you've joined the ranks of the rest of us APHNs. We need more advanced nurses like you in this great specialty to keep it going.

    Best wishes!

  6. by   mariebailey
    Thanks everyone!