Adult Nurse Practitioner Test Review

The Adult Nurse Practitioner certification indicates specialization and advanced practice in treating adult patients with acute and chronic disease. Adult Nurse Practitioners are employed in clinics, doctor’s offices, hospitals, federal and state institutions, and function in a variety of medical specialties.

In order to take the Adult NP test, the applicant must be a licensed Registered Nurse who has completed an accredited Nurse Practitioner education program with a minimum of a Master’s Degree. The clinical portion of the educational program must have contained a minimum of 500 clinic hours.

The Adult NP test is available to RNs throughout the year at various testing sites across the United States. The fee to take the Adult Nurse Practitioner Exam is $230 for American Nurses Association (ANA) members and $370 for non-members.

The Adult Nurse Practitioner Exam consists of 175 questions of which 25 of the questions are used for pre-testing purposes only for possible inclusion on future exams. The Adult Nurse Practitioner Exam tests the RN’s knowledge in all aspects of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic adult illnesses. Issues in health promotion and wellness are also included on the Adult Nurse Practitioner Exam. Almost one-half of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Exam focuses on specific questions dealing with the clinical management of the patient. The balance of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Exam consists of questions regarding patient assessment, healthy living, patient factors, and research.

The Adult Nurse Practitioner certification is valid for 3 years. At the end of that time period, the licensed RN must have completed at least 1,000 hours of employment as an Adult Nurse Practitioner.

In addition, at least 75 continuing education hours should have been completed or other educational activities should have been completed as outlined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The fee for renewal is $160 for ANA members and $290 for non-members as long as the practice hour and continuing education hour requirements are met. For those who wish to retake the Adult Nurse Practitioner Exam in order to recertify, the fee is $230 for ANA members and $370 for non-members.

For more information regarding the Adult Nurse Practitioner certification, go to www.nursecredentialing.org/cert/TCOs.html or www.aanp.org.


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by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: January 8, 2019