Nursing Certification Directory

Choosing the right nursing certification can be one of the keys to a long and satisfying career as a nurse. While not every RN chooses to specialize in one particular area of health care, those nurses are becoming rarer with every passing day, with more and more nurses deciding to focus their efforts and career on a particular kind of nursing. This trend is expected to not only continue, but to increase in the coming years.

Currently there are dozens of certifications that registered nurses may choose from, and that number is also expected to increase in the future, as new medical breakthroughs are made, new diseases come along, and established disciplines are broken down into even smaller specializations. Some experts have predicted that the number of specializations in nursing will double in the next 50 years.

Choosing a nursing specialty is a highly personal decision, which should only be done after a person has had some actual experience in the specialization she’s considering, and has given the matter a lot of thought. Embarking on the path to a certification in nursing without a realistic idea of what’s involved is a recipe for job dissatisfaction, as well as career burnout, so it’s imperative to have a thorough understanding of what the specialization entails, and what a typical day on the job is like.

Another important factor to consider is how difficult the certification process is. The path to certification in some specializations much more difficult than others, and the length of the process also can vary significantly. We’ve compiled the information you need to compare different nursing certifications so you can choose the one that’s right for you.

AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN)ANCC CertificationAOCNPATI TEAS Test ReviewAdult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse PractitionerAmbulatory Care NurseCCRN Adult Practice TestCCRN Pediatric ExamCFRN ExamCGFNS Practice ExamCHPN ExamCNA Practice TestCNN ExamCNOR Practice ExamCNRN ExamCNS CertificationCOHN ExamCPHONCardiac Medicine Certification (CMC)Cardiac Surgery Certification (CSC)Cardiac Vascular Nurse ExamCertified Continence Care Nurse (CCCN)Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN)Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN)Certified Gastroenterology RN (CGRN)Certified Neuroscience RN (CNRN)Certified Nurse Educator ExamCertified Ostomy Care Nurse (COCN)Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN)Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant (CRNFA)Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI)Certified Rehabilitation Registered NurseCertified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN)Certified Wound and Ostomy Care Nurse (CWOCN)Clinical Nurse Leader TestCritical Care RN (CCRN)Evolve ReachFamily Nurse PractitionerGeneral CCRN Test InformationGerontological NurseHESI A2 Practice TestInformatics Nurse Practice TestInpatient Obstetrics Nurse ExamKaplan Nursing School Admissions TestLegal Nurse Consultant Certification (LNCC)Low Risk Neonatal Nursing (LRNN) ExamMaternal Newborn Nursing Practice TestMedical Surgical NurseNBCSN ExamNCLEX Practice TestNeonatal Intensive Care Nurse TestNeonatal Nurse PractitionerNurse ExecutiveNurse Practitioner Certification ReviewNursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACE) I PN-RN: Foundations of Nursing ExamNursing Case ManagementNursing Pre-Entrance Test PracticeNursing Professional DevelopmentOncology Certified Nurse (OCN)Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Practice TestPAX Exam PrepPSB-PNPSB-RNPain Management Nursing ExamPediatric Nurse ExamPediatric Primary Care Nurse PractitionerProgressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN)Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse (PMHN)Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner CertificationSexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A)Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN) Practice Test