(The new online applications are now available. Candidates who need help with the online application should contact PTC technical support at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 212 356 0660 (technical support option – Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5 PM EST). For other issues, contact AHNCC at email@example.com)
|Examination Level||Eligibility Criteria|
|NC-BC® (Nurse Coach Board Certified)||
|HWNC-BC® (Health and Wellness Nurse Coach Board Certified)||
*International candidates who are not planning on working in the United States may submit an RN license from their country. A US license is required if the applicant plans to seek employment in the US.
**A minimum of 10 hours of personal coaching experience is recommended (but is not required) as a way of obtaining learning experiences related to Core Value 5 pertaining to Nurse Coach Self-Development.
Preparation for the Exam
It is the responsibility of the individual to prepare for the exam. The two primary resources are the Core Essentials for the Professional Nurse Coach Role and Professional Nurse Coach Role: Defining Scope of Practice and Competencies (Hess, Dossey, Southard, Luck, Schaub, & Bark). Examination items are developed to test the Core Practice Competencies of Nurse Coaching.
The competencies may be found as an appendix in the Core Essentials for the Professional Nurse Coach Role.
To obtain Professional Nurse Coach Role: Defining Scope of Practice and Competencies (Hess, Dossey, Southard, Luck, Schaub, & Bark) click here.
Expectations and Responsibilities
Only nurse coaches certified by AHNCC may use the designated credentials. Nurse coaches may NOT use the credential when the nurse coach has:
- Not completed the Certification or Recertification Process consistent with the level of competence;
- A restricted, inactive, or withdrawn license;
- Requested inactive status; or
- Certification has been withdrawn by AHNCC.