American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board Receives Re-accreditation of its Family Nurse Practitioner Certification From the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

Mt Laurel, NJ, 12/5/2017 —The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), is pleased to announce The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) has been granted reaccreditation for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification program.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) was established in 1993 and incorporated in the District of Columbia December 1999 as The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board, Inc. The purpose of AANPCB is to assess the knowledge and practice competencies of nurse practitioners required to provide safe and quality health care, and provide a valid and reliable program for the evaluation of individuals wishing to enter, continue, and/or advance in the nurse practitioner profession through the certification process. AANPCB provides the processes for initial certification of Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (A-GNP), Emergency NP (ENP), and Family NP (FNP) candidates who meet eligibility requirements for certification by examination. Processes are also provided for renewal of certification for the Adult NP and Gerontological NP, in addition to the A-GNP, ENP, and FNP who meet requirements for recertification. The number of NPs currently certified by AANPCB is over 100,500, with more than 83,000 of those being Family Nurse Practitioners.

“On behalf of our Certificants and stakeholders, AANPCB is pleased to earn reaccreditation of our Family Nurse Practitioner program. By meeting the standards required by ABSNC, we can ensure the consistent quality of our program as a professional certifying organization,” stated Richard (Rick) F. Meadows, MSN, NP-C, AANPCB Chief Executive Officer.

ABSNC accreditation is a peer-reviewed mechanism that allows nursing certifying organizations to obtain program accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards in the industry. To maintain accreditation, programs must exhibit continuing adherence to the 18 standards set forth. “ABSNC Accreditation represents a recognized standard in certification testing and indicates that the credential meets or exceed legal and regulatory guidelines,” said Felicia Lembesis, CAE, Executive Director.

The mission of ABSNC is to recognize quality specialty nursing and associated non-RN certification programs through accreditation. It is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification.  ABSNC currently accredits more than 60 certification programs from 20 specialty nursing certification organizations. The accreditation standards offered by ABSNC include Examination-Based Certification Programs, Portfolio Assessment Certification Programs, and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. For more information about ABSNC and its accreditation standards, please visit or contact Felicia Lembesis, ABSNC Executive Director, (, 856-439-9080).