I went to the National Certification Corporation web site www.nccnet.org
and found the following information:
At the main home page I clicked on "About NCC" in the top of the left hand column. It took me to another page which gave a general overview. At that page I clicked on "Certification Exams" at the top of the right hand column. This is what the next page that appeared said:
To take the test you must be able to meet all three of these:
(1) Current licensure as an RN in the U.S. or Canada.
(2) 24 months specialty experience as a U.S. or Canadian RN comprised of a minimum of 2000 hours.
(3) Employment in the specialty sometime in the last 24 months.
The page also lets us know we can receive the RNC credential in the following areas:
Inpatient Obstetric Nursing
Maternal Newborn Nursing
Low Risk Neonatal Nursing
Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
Telephone Nursing Practice
(There is a completely different web page concerning Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certification).
I remember when I took my exam, computers were not as popular as they are today. I requested information on obtaining certification in what whas then called High Risk Neonatal Nursing (now Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing) and they mailed me a big packet of information including test dates, prices, and all the paperwork that must be filled out. A page of that paperwork had a place where my current nurse manager had to fill in the dates and hours I had worked and that I had worked in the NICU which was the specialty area in which I wanted to take the certification test. I think she also had to sign her name on one place or another on the form. Anyway, 2000 hours turned out to be equal to working full time for two years. I had worked in the NICU 2 years and 6 months when I took my exam and I passed it on the first try. I did study steadily for 6 months before the test, was a member of NANN (ANN didn't exist yet then) and had constantly kept myself up on things and reviewed books and asked questions of the nurse practitioners and neonatologists each time I cared for a baby that I learned something from. I've always had a thirst for knowledge and I think that my nearly constant review of my NICU related books and journals helped somewhat. Most importantly though, I believe that if you spend 2 full years working in a specialty you will pretty much know all you need to know to pass the test... simply as a process of on the job osmosis of knowledge. Many nurses I worked with didn't study much if at all and they passed. Some took the test twice in order to pass though.
I bet if you search the site more you will find a way to download the information I had to write them for. Good luck and don't give up on your efforts because they are well worth the effort!
You might be able to go straight to the page I'm talking about by going to: