• Certifications
  • FNP-C - Family Nurse Practitioner (Certified by AANPCB)

    • Cost $240-$315
    • Renews every 5 years


    In Person


    The Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified (FNP-C) certification is one of two options for registered nurses (RNs) who have completed a post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner program (FNP). The FNP-C certification, awarded by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB), shows clinical knowledge of individuals and families over the lifespan, including prenatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, older adult, and elderly primary care. FNPs must be certified to practice. This certification demonstrates a nurse practitioner’s proficiency in assessment, diagnosis, planning, and evaluation of the care plan. 

    Originally, this certification was established through a department within the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) professional membership association. The organization changed its business name to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) on January 1st, 2017.

    Course Format

    In-Person through PSI Services LLC (PSI)

    The FNP-C examination is computer-based, takes three hours, and contains 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have approximately 50 seconds to answer each item.

    Only 135 items are scored. The remaining 15 are pre-test questions used to gather statistical data for future exams. They do not affect the final results. Raw scores will range from 200 to 800 points. The minimum passing scaled score is 500.

    Content is re-evaluated every 3 to 5 years. The board conducted a Family Examination Practice Analysis in 2020 and the current test version is from 2021.


    The exam is scored electronically. Pass/Fail results are available immediately. 

    Those who fail receive an official score report via mail identifying areas of weakness. They must complete 15 hours of continuing education (CE) credit in the identified areas to retest. Then they can reapply to take the exam again. Candidates may not test more than twice in a calendar year.



    1. An active, current Registered Nurse (RN) license in the US or Canada

    2. Completion of a master’s or doctoral Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN);

    3. Transcript showing successful completion of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) core courses, including Advanced Physical Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Pathophysiology

    4. A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical practice hours 

    Application Process:

    1. Visit the AANPCB to create an account.

    2. Complete application for the certification exam.

    3. Upload a copy of the FNP-C candidate’s professional license.

    4. Watch the account for approval, status updates, or change contact info.

    Applications may be submitted online, via email, faxed, or mailed. Applications are typically processed in 3-6 weeks. Approved candidates receive a 120-day window to test.

    Online applications and electronic submissions are preferred. Email is the preferred method for general correspondence.

    Test Fees

    • AANP Member Fee $240

    • Non-member Fee $315

    An additional non-refundable fee of $50 applies for paper applications.


    Nurse Practitioners must renew their FNP-C certification every five years.

    Renewal Fees:

    Clinical Practice Hours + CEUs

    Online Application

    • Members: $120

    • Non-members: $195

    Paper Application

    • Members: $170

    • Non-members: $245


    Online Application

    • Members: $240

    • Non-members: $315

    Paper Application

    • Members: $290

    • Non-members: $365

    Other Resources

    The AANPCB offers resources for exam candidates, including:

    A Recertification Handbook is also available.

    Related Certifications

    The AANPCB also offers the following:

    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP)

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    Frequently asked questions

    What is the difference between FNP-C and FNP-BC?

    FNP-C certification is awarded through AAPNCB. Conversely, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) grants the FNP-BC - Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certification. The FNP-C exam contains more content related to clinical care delivery. The FNP-BC exam contains more healthcare policy, theory, and administration questions.

    Can FNP-Cs deliver babies?

    Although FNP-C’s are trained in prenatal and newborn care, they don't deliver babies.

    What other certifications should I consider after getting the FNP-C?

    After obtaining the FNP-C, you might also pursue the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP).

    Can I earn a FNP-C online?

    No you can't earn a FNP-C online.

    What organization offers the FNP-C?

    The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) offers the FNP-C.