Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Exam
The exam is provided through the National Certification Corporation (NCC). In addition to a current U.S. nursing license, eligibility requirements include successful completion of an accredited graduate nurse practitioner program that meets NCC program requirements and prepares Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (a master’s program, DNP, or post master’s program). The certification exam must be taken within 8 years of graduation. Certificate prepared applicants are no longer accepted.
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How do I register to take the exam?
Candidates can submit an application at any time through the NCC website. Registration includes completing the application, verifying eligibility, submitting licensure information, program documentation (PDF of diploma and transcripts), and signing the application agreement. An email confirmation will be sent to you once the application has been completed and received. It can take up to two weeks for the application to be reviewed and approved. An examination eligibility email will be sent once the application is approved. The email will provide instructions for scheduling the exam and the start and end dates of your 90-day eligibility window in which you must schedule and take the exam.
What is the cost of the exam?
The exam fee is $325, which includes a $50 non-refundable application fee. Fees can be paid by credit card or electronic check. A fee of $125 is required if the applicant needs to request a change of date for the exam.
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When and where do I take the exam?
Once registration is confirmed, the candidate will have a 90-day window in which to schedule and take the exam. Exams are administered by AMP test centers located throughout the country. Appointments to test can only be scheduled Monday through Saturday at either 9:00am or 1:30pm.
What is the format of the exam?
The NNP exam is a computer-based exam with 175 questions, of which 150 are counted toward the final exam score. The remaining 25 questions are pretest questions and do not count towards the final exam score. Questions are designed to test the candidate’s knowledge and application of knowledge.
How much time is allotted to complete the exam?
Each candidate will be given 3 hours to complete the exam.
What is the content of the exam?
Areas of knowledge tested on the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner exam are General Assessment, General Management, The Disease Process, and Professional Issues. The Disease Process is the major focus of the exam with 55% of the questions. General Management questions make up 22% of the exam questions. General Assessment is 21% of the exam questions and Professional Issues make up 2% of the exam questions.
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How is the exam scored?
No percentages or standard scores are given, only a pass/fail exam score is indicated. The exam score is calculated based on the number of questions answered correctly. There is no penalty for incorrect answers, so all questions should be answered. Feedback is provided on the various content areas with the following word descriptors: very strong, strong, average, weak, and very weak.
When will I receive my test results?
A preliminary test results report will be received at the test site upon completion of the exam. Official results will be mailed within 21 days of the exam date.
What if a passing score is not achieved?
There is no limit on the number of times the exam can be taken, but it cannot be taken more than twice in a calendar year. A new application and exam fee are required to retest. There is a 90-day waiting period from the day you receive your official test results until eligible to apply to retest. The official test results report will indicate the eligibility date and content areas where the applicant’s score indicates additional study may be needed before retesting.
What credential is received by passing the exam?
Upon successful completion of the exam, the candidate is entitled to use the credential NNP-BC (Neonatal Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified).
How long is the credential valid?
Certification by the NCC is awarded for a period of three years. Certification can be maintained with continuing education credit.
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