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New NCC Credential Designations

Jan 31, 2008

New NCC Credential Designations went into effect in January 2008            

 Advanced Practice Certification Designation.  Aligning with recent decisions of other national nursing certification organizations,   NCC adopted a more universal credential to designate advanced practice that will make it more understandable to the public and to emphasize the specialty area of expertise.   The previous credential was RNC.  The new credentials will be

Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner   WHNP-BC 

The WHNP will highlight the specialty and BC stands for Board Certified, a shorthand terminology that is commonly used to explain certification to the public.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner   NNP-BC

The NNP will highlight the specialty and BC stands for Board Certified, a shorthand terminology that is commonly used to explain certification to the public.

 

Core Certification Examinations - These examinations currently include those certified as RNCs in a nursing specialty area.  The RNC designation will be retained but a specialty component will be added for each specialty certification as follows:

 

·        Inpatient Obstetric Nursing  RNC-OB

·        Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing  RNC-NIC

·        Maternal Newborn Nursing    RNC-MNN

·        Low Risk Neonatal Nursing   RNC-LRN

·        Telephone Nursing Practice  RNC-TNP*

·        Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Nursing  RNC-REIN*

·        Ambulatory Women’s Health Care Nursing  RNC-AWHC*

·        High Risk Obstetric Nursing RNC-HROB*

For those certified under the ANA-MCH/NCC Joint Certification Program  from 1976-1979, the singular RNC* credential will remain as this certification covered core and subspecialty content in a wide variety of areas.

* No longer available

 

Certificates of Added Qualification

Previously no added designation was provided to those earning a certificate of added qualification.  Based on input from those holding  the certificate of added qualification  and the increasing need for professionals to have a method to publicly demonstrate their added expertise, the Board has now designated the following credentials for certificate of added qualification as follows:

 

Electronic Fetal Monitoring C-EFM

Menopause Clinician  C-MC*

Menopause Educator  C-ME*

Breastfeeding  C-BF*

Gynecologic Reproductive Health  C-GRH*

Obstetrics for Primary Care Providers C-OB*

*These exams are no longer offered

 The new Neonatal Pediatric Transport certificate of added qualification will be designated as follows:

Neonatal Pediatric Transport  C-NPT

These designations reflect what NCC awards when an individual becomes certified and reflects successful completion of the NCC credentialing process.  Use of any credential must be in accordance with any state board or employer directives.