RNC-OB - Registered Nurse Certified in Inpatient Obstetrics
- Cost $325
- Renews every 3 years
The Inpatient Obstetric Nursing (RNC-OB) certification is offered through the National Certification Corporation (NCC). The RNC-OB is designed for registered nurses (RNs) with two years of professional experience specializing in obstetric, gynecologic, or neonatal nursing in the U.S. or Canada. RNC-OB credentials demonstrate highly specialized skills in the care of hospitalized mothers and babies during the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn periods.
Computer Exam Fee $325, includes a $50 application fee
The RNC-OB exam is a timed 3-hour test containing 175 multiple-choice questions. From the total, 150 items are scored, and 25 are used to gather statistical data but don't count towards the final results. Candidates score points for items answered correctly, used to calculate an ability level. There's no penalty for wrong answers. The final score will be pass/fail, based on ability level. The NCC re-evaluates test content every 3 to 5 years to stay current. The current test is the 2019/2020 version.
After testing, candidates will receive an email from the testing company with instructions about the results. Official results and a final score report are mailed from NCC within 15 business days.
PSI Computer Testing Centers across the country offer in-person, computer-based RNC-OB testing.
Applicants may test online using PSI's Live Remote Proctoring (LRP), with appointments available 24/7. They may test from home, work, or another remote setting that meets remote proctoring requirements. LRP candidates must:
Run a system and webcam test to confirm compatibility and technical requirements
Have broadband Internet, microphone, and detachable web camera
Candidates with built-in web cameras that can't be moved around to scan the entire testing room must have a 5-inch x 6-inch or larger handheld mirror the virtual proctor can use to scan the room
Not use a tablets, which doesn't allow for screen sharing
Use a Windows or Mac laptop or desktop computer
Close most applications running on the computer
Have current version of Google Chrome or some other Chromium-based browser
Download and install PSI’s secure web browser
Sign-in to NCC account 15 minutes early on test day
Initiate the exam launch process
Present two forms of ID to the live proctor before the exam starts by holding it up to the webcam
Scan the testing room with the webcam so the live proctor can verify the room is empty and the desk doesn't have any unpermitted items on or near it
Utilize the in-exam chat tool to speak to the live proctor if necessary
Complete the exam
A current and unrestricted RN license in the US or Canada
Two years (24 months) and 2,000 clinical hours of experience working in the inpatient setting with a thorough understanding of pregnancy and childbirth.
Verified employment history in a hospital setting during the past two years that provided direct clinical practice, education, administration, or research.
Applications for the NCC RNC-OB exam must be submitted online. Applications sent by fax, mail, or email are rejected. Applications are typically approved within two weeks. Candidates who are approved receive eligibility letters by email and through the NCC online portal. They must schedule their exam 30 to 90 days from approval.
Steps for Testing
Submit application online through the NCC website
Save email confirmation of application receipt
Email confirmation should arrive within 30 minutes
Wait for application approval
This process can take up to 2 weeks
Receive notification of eligibility to test via email and NCC account
Schedule an exam appointment within the first 30 days of the eligibility window that's within the 90-day testing window
NCC’s Maintenance Program requires certification renewal every three years. The RNC-OB renewal requires:
Continuing Competency Assessment (CCA) for individualized education plan
Documentation of Continuing Education (CE) activities
Fees are based on a quarterly system, depending on when certification was granted.
Dates: March 15th, June 15th, September 15th or December 15th
Maintenance fees = $100
Discounts if using Continuing Education (CE) modules:
15 hours = $80
30 hours = $70
45 hours = $60
Alternate maintenance fee if continuing competency assessment is not completed = $175
The NCC offers resources for exam candidates, including:
What are some certifications I can pursue after obtaining RNC-OB certification?
How long does it take to get RNC OB results?
You should have your official results, with the score report, in your NCC account within 15 business days of taking the computer exam. Your certification date is the date of the official results, not the exam date.
What should I study to help me pass the RNC-OB?
NCC doesn't provide any review courses or study materials for the RNC-OB exam. Suggested topics to study that may help with the exam include:
Maternal Factors Affecting Newborn
EFM strip analysis/labor physiology
Fetal Assessment/Testing Guidelines
How long is my RNC-OB certification valid?
You must renew your RNC-OB certification every two years.
What is the difference between OB nurses and labor and delivery nurses?
Obstetrics nurses care for pregnant patients during the prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum phases of childbirth. Labor and delivery nurses are only involved in the intrapartum period, which is the time between the onset of labor and delivery of the placenta.
Can I earn a RNC-OB online?
Yes you can earn a RNC-OB online.
What organization offers the RNC-OB?
The National Certification Corporation (NCC) offers the RNC-OB.