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Nurse Practitioner Graduates
In order to practice as a nurse practitioner, you must pass a national certification exam. Examinations are available through the American Nurse Credentialing Center and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for adult/gerontology and family nurse practitioners in certification in primary care.
Clinical Nurse Specialist Graduates
Certification is not required for practice as a CNS in all states but is available in a variety of specialty areas. See certifying bodies such as the American Nurse Credentialing Center for more details.
Nurse Educator and Clinical Leadership in Practice Graduates
Depending on your specialty area and experience, a variety of certifications are available to Nurse Educator and Clinical Leadership in Practice graduates.