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Specializes in Cardiology - Heart Failure/Transplant.

Hi everyone,

I'm a current AG-ACNP student and will graduate this year. I see that there are two board exams offered in my specialty one through the AACN (ACNPC-AG) and the ANCC (AGACNP-BC). I compared both organizations exams in terms of test content, initial testing fees, and fees for re-certification. I'm leaning toward the AACN since I'm a member, it's a bit cheaper than the ANCC, and I have my PCCN and CMC certification through them.

I'm in PA and both exams are accepted for CRNP licensure. In terms of job prospects, is one certification favored over the other? Are both exams eligible for applying for an NP license in other states? So far I checked NJ and NY doesn't mention the AACN as a certifying body for NPs. Is the ANCC a safer bet if I want to move out of state in the future?

Why can't they just make it easier and have just one certifying body for ACNPs...

I am taking the AANP exam, simply because it is known to have more straight-forward clinical questions versus research/ethics questions. That said, most of my class is taking the AANC because "it is held in higher esteem." I don't think that is the case at all -- I can't imagine an employer really caring -- but anyway that was my thinking.

empathetic_cynic

Specializes in Cardiology - Heart Failure/Transplant.

I am taking the AANP exam, simply because it is known to have more straight-forward clinical questions versus research/ethics questions. That said, most of my class is taking the AANC because "it is held in higher esteem." I don't think that is the case at all -- I can't imagine an employer really caring -- but anyway that was my thinking.

Thanks for your input. The AACN AG-ACNP exam's blueprint seems to be more clinical vs. the AANC exam.