ACNS-BC - Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified

  • Cost $275-$375
  • Renews every 5 years

COURSE FORMAT

About

The Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified (ACNS-BC) certification offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has been retired. However, CNSs who already possess this credential can continue renewing it every 5 years.

Eligibility

Must already hold an ACNS-BC credential that’s either current or no more than 2 years past the expiration date. Any credential more than 2 years past expiration can’t be reactivated.

Course Format

Exam Format

Retired

Renewal

ACNS - BC certification must be renewed every 5 years. Proof of professional development must be stored in the applicant’s online ANCC account before beginning their renewal application. To maintain this retired credential, applicants must:

  • Hold a current, active APRN license 

  • Hold current ACNS-BC certification

  • Complete 75 contact hours of continuing education (CE), including 25 CE hours in pharmacology

  • Complete at least one of 8 professional development categories fully

    • One of the 8 categories is 75 hours of CE, which would be in addition to the 75 mandatory hours

    • One of the 8 categories is test or portfolio, which is no longer a valid option for the ACNS-BC since it’s a retired credential

  • Pay renewal fee

Applicants may also renew by mail, please send a request to [email protected].

Renewal Fees

  • $275 ANCC Members

  • $295 NACNS Members

  • $375 Nonmembers

  • All costs include a $140 nonrefundable administrative fee

Continuing Education

Applicants must complete 75 CE contact hours, including 25 hours in pharmacology. At least 60 of the 75 contact hours must be formally approved CE hours.

Other Resources

  • ANCC’s general testing and renewal handbook

Related Certifications

The ANCC offers the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS-BC) in place of the ACNS-BC for those seeking initial certification.

Was this page helpful?

Related Jobs

View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - Manager, Resource
Staff Position

Registered Nurse (RN) - Manager, Resource

  • Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
  • Charlottesville, VA
Posted Today
From the web

Frequently asked questions

What other certifications does the ANCC offer besides the Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified (ACNS-BC)?

The American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) also offers the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS-BC).

What organization offers the Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified (ACNS-BC)?

The American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers the Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified (ACNS-BC) for renewal only.

How often do I need to renew my ANCC Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified (ACNS-BC) certification?

You must renew your ANCC Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified (ACNS-BC) credential every five years.

What are the continuing education (CE) requirements for recertifying the ANCC Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified (ACNS-BC)?

Recertifying the ANCC Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified (ACNS-BC) requires a total of 75 continuing education (CE) hours, with a minimum of 25 CE hours in pharmacotherapeutics. At least 60 CE hours must be formally approved by the ANCC.

Can I keep my ANCC Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified (ACNS-BC) certification if I plan to retire from practice?

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers the Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified-Retired (ACNS-BC-Retired) designation for certification holders who are retired. There's a one-time application fee of $75 for ANA members and $100 for non-members to gain retired status.

My ANCC Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified (ACNS-BC) has lapsed for more than two years. Can I still renew my ACNS-BC certification?

No, you can't renew your ANCC Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified (ACNS-BC) if it has lapsed for more than two years.