AMERICAN HOLISTIC NURSES CREDENTIALING CORPORATION
CERTIFICATION IN ADVANCED HOLISTIC NURSING, AHN-BC AND APHN-BC
AHNCC initiated a pilot project January 1, 2013 to explore an ADVANCED PRACTICE HOLISTIC NURSE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM for nurses who work as an APRN and wish to be certified as Advanced Practice Holistic Nurses with APHN-BC statue. Two options for obtaining APHN-BC status were considered. The project was completed February 1, 2014 followed by careful analysis of the findings and consultation with experts. April 11, 2014 the AHNCC Board of Directors met to discuss the findings and recommendations. As a result, effective immediately, AHNCC will offer a single examination for all APHN-BC candidates. An equivalent, alternative method for Nurses currently certified as an AHN-BC with APRN license to become certified as APHN-BC will also be offered during a transitional period, starting February 11, 2014 through March 31, 2015. April 1, 2015 all applicants for the APHN-BC credential will be required to take the 200 item examination described on the Certification Page. For additional information regarding the "Equivalent, alternative method for APHN-BC Certification" , Click here
AHNCC offers two certifications in Advanced Holistic Nursing:
•Advanced Holistic Nurse, Board Certified (AHN-BC); and
•Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse, Board Certified (APHN-BC).
Download the AHN-BC and APHN-BC Examination Application, click here. Download the APHN-BC Equivalent and Alternative Method Application (effective through March 31, 2015 only),click here. Download Core Essentials for AHN-BC and APHN-BC, click here. Take a practice examination, click here. Note: Practice exams are not required to take a certification examination. To take a practice examination, or not, is your choice. The practice examinations are designed to give you an opportunity to take an examination online, to acquaint you with the type of questions asked, and to give you experience with multiple-response, single-answer questions. Taking the practice examination does not imply nor gaurantee sucessful performance on the certification examination.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR ADVANCED HOLISTIC NURSING CERTIFICATION
For the AHN-BC or APHN-BC:
•An unrestricted and current U.S. RN license;
•Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing based in a college or university listed on the US Government Department's database of accrediting organizations for academic institutions; •Active practice as a Holistic Nurse for a minimum of one (1) year full-time or 2,000 hours within the last five (5) years of part-time practice; and •Completion of a minimum of 48 contact hours of continuing education in Holistic Nursing within a two (2) year period preceding application.
All Advanced Practice Holistic Nurses must also provide evidence of an unrestricted and current U.S. APRN license.
Graduates from Endorsed Programs may be eligible for waiver of post-graduate practice and continuing education requirements if certified within two year post graduation. For a list of our Endorsed Schools, click here.
AHN-BC and APHN-BC EXAMINATION APPLICATION INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
•A completed Application Form found in the Handbook;
•A copy of your current nursing license appropriate for your application;
•A transcript documenting graduation from an accredited School of Nursing based in a college or university listed on the US Government Department's database of accrediting organizations for academic institutions;
•Verification of Continued Educationin Holistic Nursing;
•Letter of Agreement with AHNCC as found in the Handbook; and
•Appropriate fee as shown in the Handbook.
•Applications are valid for one (1) year from the date of Application Approval. After that, applications are void and require resubmission. All documents must be submitted at the same time to ensure integrity of the Application. Review of Applications usually take 1-2 weeks. EFFECTIVE THROUGH MARCH 31, 2015
Nurses who hold the AHN-BC credential and an APRN license may apply for APHN-BC status through an equivalent, alternative method. For more information, click here.
The Self-reflection, Self-assessment experience is recommended for all nurses applying for AHNCC certification, but is not required to meet application nor certification criteria, nor will it predict success on the certification examination. The The SRA for the Advanced Holistic Nurse (AHN-BC and APHN-BC) can be found in the Handbook.
The Advanced Holistic Nursing Certification Examination
Once candidates have completed the Application to Qualify for Certification, they will be notified that they are eligible to sit for the Certification Examination. Examinations are administered by the Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) throughout the year for a two-week period of time in more than 400 locations. Once notified by PTC, candidates can register for the date and location of the Certification Examination. Instructions for registering for the date and location of the examination will be included in the notification sent by PTC. If you have not heard from PTC within three (3) weeks prior to the examination, you can reach them at 212-356-0660.
Candidates must successfully pass the examination to become Certified in Holistic Nursing. If a candidate fails the examination, he/she will be eligible to retake it no sooner than 60 day and no longer than one (1) year from the date of the first examination.
Candidates will be notified of their score and status by AHNCC approximately 6 weeks after test administration. Scores and examination results will be released to others only with written authorization from the candidate. Public members may request certification verification without written authorization of the certificant.