The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination for certification purposes. This computer-based assessment is for licensed RNs with completed graduate work in an accredited gerontological nurse practitioner program who have earned a master’s, post-master’s or doctorate degree. Candidates must have taken graduate classes in advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology, advanced pathophysiology, health promotion and disease prevention and differential diagnosis and disease management. Candidates also need to have completed at least 500 clinical hours in an accredited academic program, and have met specific requirements before taking this test. This test is taken as part of the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified (GNP-BC) credential.
- 29 questions on health promotion and disease prevention
- 33 questions on assessment of acute and chronic illness
- 42 questions on clinical management
- 13 questions on the nurse practitioner and patient relationship
- 24 questions on professional role and policy
- 9 questions on using research