American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Receives Accreditation of its Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certifications From the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

Mt Laurel, NJ, (April 8, 2024) —The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), is pleased to announce American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has been granted reaccreditation for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-BC) certification programs.

ANCC, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, serves as the credentialing arm of the ANA Enterprise and has offered certifications since 1974. Currently, the ANCC supports over 300,000 nurses and APRNs through its 52 certification programs (17 active certifications and 35 renewal-only/retired certifications).

“We are pleased by the ongoing recognition from our colleagues in the nursing credentialing sector of these two APRN certification programs that have been accredited since 2013. We appreciated the opportunity to use ABSNC’s Standards for self-reflection and assessment as we prepared our application and materials for this comprehensive review by ABSNC over this last year.” – Heidi McNeely, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, Vice President for Individual Credentialing and Research, ANCC

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 exceeds 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).