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Nursing Certification Guide

Browse through an extensive list of nursing certifications and see where to get them

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How about any certifications in wellness overall.

natasha  bishop December 12, 2016
Glenolden , PA

I am wondering if you have a certification for Addiction inpatient program for Veterans?

Wendy Slawson,  RN,  Veterans hospitalOctober 10, 2016
Topeka, KS

Pa requires 02 hrs. of Board approved continuing ed. in child abuse recognition and reporting. Documentation if child abuse 01 CEU'S on course listing. What plans to make available other course/s to meet requirement.

Frances  Consagra July 23, 2016
Jermyn , PA

I am interested in any articles related to care and management of peg tubes.

Judy  Patchett ,  Triage nurseJuly 13, 2016
Puyallup , WA

Please tell me when the required course in child abuse and reporting be available?

Joan  Kager October 05, 2015
Stockton , NJ

I am interested in articles and CEU's regarding pressure ulcers: types, treatment and CEU's

Thelma September 21, 2015
Mamaroneck, NY

I would like to become UAS certified. Where can I get training class or on line training.

Carol Pattison,  RN,  VNSNYSeptember 17, 2015
Bronx, NY

Hi I am an RN looking for these online nursing education courses for credit hours: Legal Aspects Of Nursing (4 credit hours) and Ethics (4 credit hours) If you can point me in the right direction I would appreciate thank you.

maura September 04, 2015

Looking for Trauma 6 CEU and 1 CEU Burn

Yamilee  Archer August 26, 2015

I want to become UAS certified

Julie Kuster,  MDS coordinator,  Absolut Care of orchard park May 31, 2015
Orchard park, NY

I need 12 hours of CEUs on impaired nursing, nurses with substance abuse issues. Can your website provide these ceus, or can you refer me to where I can find them

michael frasher,  RNMay 25, 2015
Anderson, IN

Want to know how I can become UAS certified

Christina Mallon ,  RNApril 06, 2015

Hello.. I was wondering how to become UAS certified to perform nursing assessments in New York. Is there an online course you can recommend?

Julie Freiss,  RNFebruary 27, 2015

Love this Website....Thanks for all the wonderful CEU opportunities!

Barbara  Fleming February 20, 2015
Newnan , GA

Thank you

Maureen  Gallo February 05, 2014
Lebanon , PA

Ali: You can become a member of Advance and have full access to everything on the site. This will also give you access to the digital version of the print editions (we don't have a print version in California). Go to the top of this page and click on "Become a Member"

Linda JonesDecember 23, 2013

I am interested in receiving your magazine.

Ali Mohamed,  RNDecember 22, 2013
Alameda, CA

Conservative Sharp Wound Debridement Certification Program.

Alex Khan,  APRN,  Pro HealthcareOctober 15, 2013
Coppell, TX

I am interested in getting certified as a nurse delegator/ or evaluator/instructor for caregivers and cnas .I am a registered nurse.

ayodele sotubo,  rnJuly 18, 2013
arlington, TX

I am interested in LPN certification courses. Your list is only focus on RN.

Tanya  Tate June 18, 2013
Hoboken , NJ

I am interested in seeing what certification programs are available for LPN'S. Your online list appears to focus on RN'S only.

Kathleen Shahalij Liberty WheelsMay 23, 2013
Phila, PA

Being a Hospice Nurse is great. It is very rewarding.

Wanda  Atkinson March 01, 2013
Converse , TX

Hello Jheovani,

The most expeditious route for you to take would be to check your local community college for an LPN/LVN to RN program to start on the route to becoming an RN. At the completion of this program you would have an ADN, Associate Degree in Nursing, which would allow you to practice as an RN after completion of your state Board of Nursing Licensing Exam, the NCLEX. However, if you want to be able to explore the many career options available to you as an RN it will be necessary for you to obtain a BSN, Bachelors Degree in Nursing (recommended). After that you may see that there will be even more doors open for you by obtaining your MSN, Masters Degree in Nursing, or even your PhD, Doctorate in Nursing. There are SO MANY options for us as nurses. Just make sure your heart is inclined to this profession. Remember, nursing is based upon the art and science of caring for others, which is very extensive. Many people look at the profession as a great path to take because the pay can be very good in some areas and nursing is a trusted and admired profession. However, to be a good nurse it takes dedication to continual self and professional improvement for the benefit of those you have committed to care for, because this profession requires sincere altruism. You must always consider yourself the advocate for your patients or patient population and their families. Good luck and many blessings in your nursing endeavors.

Dawn Hawkins, RN

Dawn  Hawkins December 30, 2012
Bloomfield , NJ

I just graduated from Walden University with my MSN in Nursing Informatics and am looking to sit for my certification within the next 6 months.

cortnei brown Bon Secours Health SystemsDecember 02, 2012
Chesapeake, VA

Hello everyone! I'm new to this web site. This was recommended to me by my patient who is a retired RN. I am looking to further my education but I am not sure what to take or where to start. I've only been a license nurse for a year. I want to continue to become an RN someday. Any suggestions on what I course I can take? I need help! Thank you!

Jheovani Tesori,  LVN,  SkilledNovember 28, 2012
Temecula, CA

You might check with a local nursing temp agnecy to see if they need anyone in staffing. Otherwise, most nursing management requires an RN preferrably a BSN or higher. And most health care organizations want someone with Healthcare Administration Degrees again a masters is the optimal degree for Healthcare Administration and then they often want a combination MSHA/MBAEDIT: I noted the second responders answer, however, in my experience, while LPN/LVNs are usually the charge nurses in long term care facilities, they usually require an RN to be the DON.

Angel Angel,  You might check with a local n,  You might check with a local nursing temp agnecy tOctober 15, 2012
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My name is Magdalina Khelashvili. I am the Register nurse In NYC & looking for the RN refresher course in NY.I know about this course in Long Island & the New Jersey.Please anywone knows this valuable course exists in any hospital or in NY??? Your valuable info. is deeply appreciated!!! PLEASE HELP!!!

Magdalina Khelashvili,  RNOctober 11, 2012
NEW Yourk, NY

I am looking into starting an RN to BSN program online...not all schools offer a Public Health Certification along with the important is it to have that certification and what could I use it for?

Kaitlynn EstesAugust 30, 2012

Please send me listing of ccu's courses

linda  watson July 29, 2012

Hi Maria,
The National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses offers some certification programs that might be of interest to you in advancing your skills. You can find them here:
Also, if you're looking for more extensive educational advancement, a Google search of "LPN to BSN programs in Michigan" turned up a few links, including this one, that appears to feature an extensive list of schools. The top of the page also has a link to the Michigan Board of Nursing.
I hope this information in helpful to you! Good luck in your endeavors!

Barb Mercer,  managing editor,  ADVANCE for NursesJune 20, 2012
King of Prussia, PA

Hi, I've been an LPN for 12 yrs. now. I would like to advance my career and change the direction in regards to nursing (lpn). Are there any certification programs or classes i can take? I live in Dearborn, MI. 48124
I'd like to do something in the clinical setting. I was thinking medical office asst. what do u think?

Maria June 20, 2012
Dearborn, MI

Please tell me how to reach you so I can renew getting CEU's.

Lillian  Cowles May 16, 2012
Linden , NJ

Renee, Here's a link to an informative article about certifications for LPNs:
Or, your friend could visit these organizations directly:
NFLPN National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses
NAPNES National Association for Practical Nurse Education & Service

Barb Mercer,  Managing editor,  ADVANCE for NursesApril 20, 2012

I have a friend that is a LPN-are there any certification programs for LPNs

Renee Armstrong,  RN,  memorial hospitalApril 20, 2012
Jasper, IN

Is it possible for new grad RN to take nursing certification exam in order to enchance her career.

boyana BS RN

Bojana  Jovic April 09, 2012
Cupertino , CA

I am an acritical care nurse and love to keep up with all the many ongoing changes around our medicine world today. I would love to become an Advanced Nurse.

Dalana Capley,  RN,  TravelerMarch 11, 2012
Franklin, TN

Marlyn: I didn't realize this was a nursing certification. Thank you for your note so we can add it to the list.

Pamela Tarapchak,  EditorFebruary 16, 2012

Didn't see on the list: Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC)through CAOHC.

Marlyn  Bradshaw ,  Nurse CoordinatorFebruary 16, 2012
Philadelphia, PA

I may have missed it, but I don't see nursing informatics on the list.

Jo February 10, 2012

Heather: Thanks for your note. We'll make sure to add ambulatory certification to the list.

Marsha: We included all the WOCNCB certifications.

Pamela Tarapchak,  EditorFebruary 09, 2012

I may have missed it on the list but there is also a certification for Ambulatory Care Nurses. It is issued by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Ambulatory Care nursing is further defined at the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)

Heather Schaefer,  RNFebruary 08, 2012
Longmont, CO

Thank you for continuing to support nursing certification. Certification is a good career move and preparing for certification increases knowledge and enhances nursing practice and patient outcomes.

Here is another certification - CFCN - Certified Foot Care Nurse - offered by the WOCNCB.

The diabetes epidemic has created a growing need for Certified Foot Care Nurses. These nurses perform non-invasive care for clients with selected skin and toenail disorders within the scope of nursing practice and provide education to the client to promote health and prevent injury.

Eligibility requirements include an RN license - no college degree is required.
more information at


Marsha Berenson,  Marketing Manager ,  WOCNCBFebruary 08, 2012
Milwaukee, WI

Karen, you might also find this article helpful:
I suggest following up with each organization for the most up-to-date information.
Thanks and good luck!

Barb Mercer,  managing editor,  ADVANCE for NursesFebruary 08, 2012
King of Prussia, PA

Colin: When you download the certification list above, search for the certification of CDN. Here you will find a web address you can visit to find more information and where you can take the test. Regarding a job, visit ADVANCE's jobs site at

Karen: Many of these certifications listed require an RN licensure; however, I would encourage you to check out the websites of those you are interested in and confirm if you are able to take the exams.

Pamela Tarapchak,  EditorFebruary 08, 2012

I would like to become adialysis nurse, is their a course I can take in the Miami area? Can you help me find a job within an acute care setting?

Colin Matthews,  RN,  maximFebruary 08, 2012
Miami, FL

Good morning-i'm interested in taking some certification classes and was wondering which ones would benefit me as an LPN? I assume that you don't have to be an RN to take these classes. Your suggestions would be most appreciated.

Karen  Dowd ,  LPN-underwritter,  Aetna InsuranceFebruary 08, 2012
Willow Grove , PA

I am interested in becoming a dialysis nurse... Is there a course that I can take? Located in NYC/NJ area

Berthe  Joseph January 28, 2012

I Wanted to know how u get these certification do u just give exam for it or u have to have some experience in the respected field of certification.

harpreet mannJanuary 26, 2012
Elk Grove, CA

Leann: There are many online IV sedation courses for certification. If you google "nursing certification for IV sedation," you will find a variety to choose from. Good luck!

Pamela Tarapchak,  EditorJanuary 23, 2012
King of Prussia, PA

Is there existance of a credentialed certification for IV Sedation?

Leann Wasemiller Mercy Hosptial and Trauma CentJanuary 23, 2012
Milton, WI

I wanted to ask if anyone knew anything about how to get IV therapy certification please let me know if you have any information. Thanks

Shelia Shorts,  LPNJanuary 17, 2012
Philadelphia, PA

Where can I take a good review class for NICU and OB ( Post Partum/family centered care) ? Any reading materials in preparation for exam, or classes?

Perla Intico,  Asst. Clinical manager,  KaiserJanuary 11, 2012
Riverside, CA

I have been rceiviing ADVANCE Magazine for years. I love this magazine and the articles that are in it.

Happy 2012 to ALL involved in ADVANCE.

Elaine  Dreisbaugh ,  Associate Professor,  Delaware County Community CollegeJanuary 02, 2012
Exton , PA

Has anyone taken the CRRN exam lately, & do you have any suggestions for preparing for the exam? Do you recommend a good study guide?

Joanne Sellers,  RN,  HealthsouthNovember 08, 2011
Florence, SC

Are the certifications for LPNs as well as RNs ?

Janice McCall,  LPN,  Oak Leaf ManorNovember 07, 2011
Lititz, PA

I am most interested in furthering my education. At this time I would like to be certified in IV Therapy.All suggestions are welcome.

Janice McCall,  LPN,  Oak Leaf ManorNovember 07, 2011
Lititz, PA

I recently purchase the study guide for the Progressibe Care Nursin Certification. However I am still on the fence about receiving certification. Most hospitals say they want their nurses to have certifications, but there is no increase in pay. Also, these tests are not cheap! Sometimes there is not reimbursement after I have spent money and time taking a test.

Candace  Talley August 29, 2011
Fayetteville , NC



Thanks, Zarata! Fill out the quick form to become an ADVANCE Insider and gain access to this comprehensive Nursing Certifications list and the rest the exclusive content offered members. It takes just a second — and it’s absolutely free!

Chuck  Holt,  editorJuly 07, 2011
King of Prussia, PA

Please provide me with a list of certifications for nurses

Zarata Banks,  Regional Nurse,  VHAJuly 07, 2011
Austin, TX

I am interested in vewing the list of Nursing Certification.

katherine Austin,  RN,  let us care for themJune 30, 2011
Laveen, AZ

thank you for the certification credential listing...this will help me pursue my desire to become credentialed in more aspects/fields of nursing

Joanna  Willis ,  RNJune 19, 2011
Washington, DC

info on continuing ed much appreciated

lynn  warner June 03, 2011
Novato , CA

I am interested in gaining new CEs credits they wil help me with my career.

Matyka Jones,  Home Care,  BayadaMay 17, 2011
Philadelphia, PA

Svetlana: You can earn nursing contact hours from this website. On the top navigation bar, click on Education then Online CE. This will take you to a list of available CEs and instructions.

Linda Jones ADVANCEMay 16, 2011

I am interesting in CE nursing credits. It helps me in my nursing work, thanks.

Svetlana Tulchinskaya,  staff nurse,  LICHMay 15, 2011
Brooklyn, NY

This subscription is great it's informative and i am able to keep up with all my continuing education requirement.

Beverly  Highsmith May 10, 2011
South Hill , VA

Thank you.

Mary  Bowen-Reynolds ,  AministratorApril 05, 2011

Thanks for posting this. I like knowing my options once I finish my RN!

Elizabeth  Whiskeyman ,  LPN,  CovenantApril 01, 2011
Caro , MI

I was receiving Advance for LPN"s and then it just stopped. I am glad I going thur journals and decided to log on and I am glad I took the chance to reconnect with you. Thank. I am teaching Nursing Assistants and I enjoy the challenges,but I am blessed to see those that succeed in in this profession.

Betty J. Johnson,  Asst. Instructor,  ABO HAVEN,INC.March 15, 2011
Philadelphia, PA


Joan Smith,  RetiredFebruary 24, 2011
San Jose, CA

I have tried several times to access the list of certifications and have been unable to . Please advise.

Judith Mott,  Charge Nurse,  Faith Haven Senior Care CenterFebruary 15, 2011
Jackson, MI

Diana: Thanks so much for your comments. We will make note of these additions. I also wanted to make sure you saw another great resource for nursing students, our New Grad Center, and our just-released e-zine for grads and student nurses. Have them go to

Linda Jones,  Editorial Director,  ADVANCEFebruary 09, 2011

Last week I was fortunate enough that a colleague introduced me to Advances. They thought that I would be interested because of your focus on the value of gaining certification. That particular focus “hooked me” but the overall content and format of your online journal “reeled me in”. I have since forwarded this to over a dozen educators and preceptors who are responsible for educating senior nursing students and guiding new nurses through that challenging first year.

As extensive as the list of certifications was, you missed a couple of those offered by the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board. You captured the CWOCN, CWCN, CCCN, COCN, CWON, and CFCN, but missed our newest advanced practice certifications. For future use these are the CWOCN-AP, CWCN-AP, CCCN-AP, and COCN-AP.

Thank you for providing nurses of all experience levels a valuable and easily accessible tool.

Diana Gallagher, MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board

Marsha Berenson,  Marketing Manager ,  WOCNCBFebruary 09, 2011
Milwaukee, WI

I don't believe the list is complete. The American Nurses Credentially Center (ANCC) offers certification in many fields for which the appropriate "letters after your name" are RN-BC. I don't see any of those on this list.

Linda February 07, 2011

I have Adobe reader (latest version) but still can't download list of certifications. I just get a blank screen.

Sharon   February 07, 2011

The list is in a format called a PDF. You have to have Adobe Reader software downloaded to your computer. Here is a link to download it:

Linda Jones,  Editorial Director,  ADVANCEFebruary 07, 2011

I have not been able to download the list either. Is there a specific program I need on my computer in order to download the list. It asks me to log-in, which I was able to. Then it asked me for some contact information, which I gave. When I clicked on continue, a blank page come on.

Anna  De Jesus February 05, 2011

i am logged on but can not download the certification list

Nancy  Hill February 05, 2011

Am logged in and still can't get the list to download.

Judi  Mott February 04, 2011

I cannot find the certification for "Pain Managment" Nursing.

Certification is offered by ANCC.
Credentials are: RN-BC (RN BOard Certified: Pain Managment).

I am not seeing this on the list, is it there & I missed it? What this an oversight?

Cynthia Wagner Avellino,  MSN,  Paoli Hospital: Main Line HealthFebruary 04, 2011
Paoli, PA

wants to get into online course but is too expensive

Racheal Farinde riversideFebruary 03, 2011
Victorville, CA

Marilyn: You need to be logged into the site in order to download the list. If you don't yet have a username/password, click on the link and fill out the form. You'll only need to do this once.

Linda Jones,  Editorial Director,  ADVANCEFebruary 03, 2011

i cannot get the certificatio list to download

marilyn graw,  lpn,  hospiceFebruary 03, 2011
titusville, FL

I have been an RN since 1980 and have worked in many Medical/Surgical, ICU Cardiac, MICU, RICU, Public Health, Homecare, and now after receiving my MSN in 2009 I am teaching. The only two certifications I have are in Public Health and Faith Community Nursing. I am currently working on my Gerontology case mgt. This course is a lot of work and I must admit I do not have the time. It has been one year and I have not even completed one class. My MSN was more structured and alot of work but each course was more organized and I had alot of instructor input. I have enjoyed the reading, but I do not find it revelant to nursing. This course is more for social workers or psychologists. I am really sorry I spent the money for this course, before really checking it out. Donna in Salinas.

Donna Staunton,  Instructor,  Community CollegeFebruary 03, 2011
Salinas, CA

I have been training nurses for 30 years but have not gotten certification. Appreciate the information

Yema LuhahiFebruary 02, 2011
Plainfield, IL

I have been certified in geriatrics by ANCC for greater than 10 years and most facilties, people, etc have never heard of it. The onlt thing it has ever done for me is allow me to place BC after my RN. Granted geriatrics is not a glamorous part of nursing expertise in this field is much needed especially with our upcoming generation. I know you will not want to hear it but don't waste your time with certification!
Thanks for listening

michelle m painter deiss,  RN,BC,  HillviewFebruary 02, 2011
Morgan Hill, CA

When you download the list of certifications you will find links to the credentialing organizations' websites. I encourage you to choose the type of certification you and then visit the organization's website for additional information on how you can pursue certification. Best of luck to you.

Pamela Tarapchak,  Editor,  ADVANCE for NursesFebruary 02, 2011
King of Prussia, PA

Interested in getting further certification. Have been an RN for 30 years, worked in many different areas but have not gotten certifications. Thank you for any information.

Beverly Dickinson,  RNFebruary 02, 2011


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