PLEASE NOTE:

AHNCC will no longer be using the Professional Testing Corporation as our testing vendor. We are currently in process to moving to a new testing organization. We are excited about the new organization and additional services that will be offered to our applicants at no additional cost.

If you have already applied to sit for the examination your application process will not have to be started over and you will be able to sit in the spring of 2020 for your examination. Also, with our new company there will be no application deadlines so do not worry about meeting any deadlines in order to sit for an examination. This is one of the benefits candidates will enjoy with the new testing vendor.

If you have any questions or are interested in sitting for one of our examinations in 2020 please contact Talysha Hickerson at info@ahncc.org, or call 785-267-0943. We look forward to working with you and helping you however we can.

Have a nice day and the best of the holiday seasons to you 🙂

Warmly,

Dr. Margaret Erickson, CEO, AHNCC

For issues, contact AHNCC at ahncc@flash.net)

Examination Level Eligibility Criteria  
NC-BC® (Nurse Coach Board Certified)
  • Unrestricted, current U.S. RN license*
  • Active practice as an RN for a minimum of 2 years full-time or 4,000 hours part-time within the past 5 years
  • A minimum of a Baccalaureate (BS, BA, BSN) degree in Nursing from an accredited academic institution (International candidates must have their Baccalaureate Nursing degree evaluated to determine that their program is equivalent to a US Baccalaureate Nursing degree program.)
  • Completion of a minimum of 60 CNEs, accrued over the past 3 years, that include content consistent with the Nurse Coach Core Values and Nurse Coach Competencies.**
  • 60 hours coaching experience that has been mentored and/or supervised by a Certified Nurse Coach Supervisor AND Validation letter from a Certified Nurse Coach.
  • Must agree to the terms contained in the Candidate’s Agreement with AHNCC and complete and sign the Application attesting to agreement.
  • Link to NC-BC® Handbook/Application/Practice Test – TBD
HWNC-BC® (Health and Wellness Nurse Coach Board Certified)
  • Unrestricted, current U.S. RN license*
  • Active practice as an RN for a minimum of 2 years full-time or 4,000 hours part-time within the past 5 years
  • A minimum of a Baccalaureate (BS, BA, BSN) degree in Nursing from an accredited academic institution (International candidates must have their Baccalaureate Nursing degree evaluated to determine that their program is equivalent to a US Baccalaureate Nursing degree program.)
  • Completion of a minimum of 60 CNEs, accrued over the past 3 years, that include content consistent with the Nurse Coach Core Values and Nurse Coach Competencies.**
  • 60 hours coaching experience that has been mentored and/or supervised by a Certified Nurse Coach Supervisor AND Validation letter from a Certified Nurse Coach.
  • Must agree to the terms contained in the Candidate’s Agreement with AHNCC and complete and sign the Application attesting to agreement.
  • Hold Holistic Nursing certification.
  • Link to HWNC-BC® Handbook/Application/Practice Test – TBD

*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 The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Providers Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies (Hess, Dossey, Hess, 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.