ANCC or ANPP

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I am currently a FNP student about to graduate in Dec. 2015. I am wondering which certification test I should take. My school provided information on the Holier review course which I think her course leans toward the ANPP. I was considering the fitzgerld course but I am so confused on which would be better. Or does it really matter? Thanks for all the help and suggestion, I need them.

BostonFNP, APRN

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Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine. Has 12 years experience.
I am currently a FNP student about to graduate in Dec. 2015. I am wondering which certification test I should take. My school provided information on the Holier review course which I think her course leans toward the ANPP. I was considering the fitzgerld course but I am so confused on which would be better. Or does it really matter? Thanks for all the help and suggestion, I need them.

You school may be able to give you some idea which exam students typically take as some program cater to one exam vs the other, but the truth is that you should be able to take and pass either exam as an entry-level novice provider.

ANCC is more broadly based and the AANP is more clinically based. The AANP pass rate is slightly higher.

They award different credentials, if that matters to you.

The FHEA review courses are well worth the money, IMHO, for either exam.

Personally, I took them both and found them both to be very similar.

cebe6466

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My school just recently recommended the APEA review class so Im greatly considering that one. Im just concerned that a job may require either ANPP or ANCC. I just hope they are both widely excepted by employers.

BostonFNP, APRN

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Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine. Has 12 years experience.
My school just recently recommended the APEA review class so Im greatly considering that one. Im just concerned that a job may require either ANPP or ANCC. I just hope they are both widely excepted by employers.

It would be very rare to have an employer require 1 vs the other.

cebe6466

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Thank you. I greatly appreciate your feedback. Up coming graduation is causing me a lot of anxiety!!

Dranger

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My specialty only has ANCC or ACCN but ACCN isn't accepted by many states

IsabelK

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine. Has 12 years experience.

I don't think it much matters. ANCC and AANP both certify that you have minimum competency in your specialty, which is what Medicare/Medicaid require. In most states, either the ANCC or AANP exam is acceptable for licensing. I graduated from SUNY Stony Brook in 2011 and took the ANCC exam, so my title is ANP-BC. One of my friends/classmates who graduated at the same time is ANP-C (she took the AANP exam. I work with a lot of different NPs and we're pretty evenly split between them.

RosieMommy

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Specializes in Acute ICU/ER, Cardio-Vascular, Thoracic. Has 25 years experience.

I took both AANP and ANCC, a week apart, in that order and I passed both making me eligible to use FNP-BC, NP-C titles. In Texas, either national certification qualifies you to be an APRN by the Texas State Board of Nursing. It does not much matter but I think that ANCC is more prestigious since they are the premier credentialing board in all sorts of nursing specialties. Also, paying the credentialing or renewal fees becomes a consideration since they get pricey if one has too many certs and licenses to maintain. Live Fitzgerald course was worth it for me. Luckily, it was offered in Dallas so I could attend it as a local participant (instead of a hotel) and I took both exams within a month after taking the Fitzgerald review course.