Types of Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners (NP) are Registered Nurses who have completed specific advanced education and training in nursing. Nurse Practitioners can be trained and nationally certified in various specialty areas of adult psychiatric & mental health, acute care, pediatrics, geriatrics, family health, women’s health and  psychiatry. The family nurse practitioners can use the credentials  FNP (Family NP)-C or FNP-BC Certified depending on whether she is  certified by American Association of Nurse Practitioners or the American Nurse Credentialing Center respectively. The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is a registered nurse prepared in a graduate level family nurse practitioner program to provide a full range of health care services  at an advanced level to individuals of all ages and families.

Exam Details

  • The exam is computer- based and is administered at various Prometric Test Centers.  Click here to find a test center near you.
  • The current fee for the examination is $390 for initial certification and $350 for  renewal for general non-members. For members the fees are $200 for initial certification and $270 for re-certification. There is an additional fee of $125 for international centers.
  • On confirmation of eligibility, candidates can apply for the exam online anytime during the year & schedule the examination within 90 days at a convenient time and location convenient.
  • Candidates receive their score cards immediately after the exam, followed by a certificate & pin within 2 months.
  • The certification is valid for 5 years and application for renewal can be made 3 months before expiry.
  • The exam is three and a half hours.

Exam Format

The test has 175 questions in multiple choice format.  150 questions are marked and 25 questions are used as pretest questions for future tests and not scored.   Tips on taking a multiple choice test

Exam Content

  • Clinical Management – 53 questions
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention – 31 questions
  • The Nurse Practitioner and Patient Relationship – 16 questions
  • Professional Role and Policy – 7 questions
  • Assessment of Acute and Chronic Illness – 39 questions
  • Research – 4 questions

Test Preparation

This exam has 175 multiple choice questions. Here are some quick tips and advice on taking multiple choice exams.

Multiple Choice Secrets – Comprehensive tips and strategies for multiple Choice exams with practice questions. How To Answer Multiple Choice

This is a computer based exam. Here are some tips for taking computer based exams.

How to memorize

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