Certification Exams and Pass Rates

As a graduate of the SPU graduate nursing program, you are eligible to sit for a variety of specialty certifications.

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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.

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Putting Your Degree to Work

The ANCC and AANP first-attempt pass rates are excellent for SPU nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist graduates.

In 2020, the first-attempt pass rate for SPU family nurse practitioner and adult/gerontology nurse practitioner graduates was 100 percent.