The Ambulatory Care certification indicates specialization in providing nursing care to those patients who are seen in the ambulatory setting. This can be in a community-based clinic, hospital clinic, private doctor’s office, or school setting. This nurse will provide a wide range of nursing interventions for patients because of the diverse range of medical problems that are encountered in these settings.
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In order to take the Ambulatory Care certification exam, the applicant must be a licensed Registered Nurse with an Associate Degree or diploma from an accredited 2-year RN program.
The RN must have worked at least 2 years in a full-time capacity as an ambulatory care nurse, with at least 2,000 hours within the past 3 years.
In addition, at least 30 hours of continuing education hours should have been completed in ambulatory care nursing over the past 3 years.
The Ambulatory Care certification exam is offered throughout the year at testing centers across the United States.
The RN has 90 days in which to take the exam after receiving the test admission ticket.
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The fee to take the exam is $230 for members of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and $370 for non-members.
The exam consists of 175 multiple-choice questions with 25 of those questions used for pretesting purposes for possible use on future exams. The Ambulatory Care certification exam tests the RN’s knowledge on specific disease processes that may be seen in the ambulatory care setting, as well as potential complications of these conditions.
The remainder of the exam contains questions regarding the nursing interventions used to treat ambulatory care patients as well as ethical issues, patient and caregiver education, and health wellness promotion and maintenance.
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Ambulatory Care 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 ambulatory care nurse. 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 exam in order to recertify, the fee is $230 for ANA members and $370 for non-members.
For more information regarding the Ambulatory Care certification for the Associate Degree or diploma RN, go to www.nursingworld.org or www.nursecredentialing.org, or visit the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing.
by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: January 8, 2019