National ABSNC Accreditation for AHNCC Programs

The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC),  is the only national accrediting organization specifically for nursing organizations. ABSNC awarded AHNCC initial accreditation for the HN-BC®, HNB-BC®, AHN-BC®, APHN-BC®, and the NC-BC® certification programs in the fall of 2014, and re-accreditation in the spring of 2019.

Accreditation is awarded for five years and indicates that AHNCC has demonstrated compliance to the highest standards in the industry. These standards can be found here.

ABSNC accreditation is a peer-reviewed mechanism that allows nursing credentialing 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).

ANCC Magnet Recognition

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes all of the AHNCC examinations. Recognition is noted by designation on the Demographic Data Collection Tool™ (DDCT) Criteria for inclusion on the DDCT can be found here.