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Certification exams

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing

RNC Certification for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing (RNC-NIC)

Computer testing

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Paper & Pencil testing

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Only online registrations on this website are accepted. Applications submitted by mail, fax or email will not be accepted and will be returned to the individual.

This registration portal is only for those taking the test via computer or individual paper and pencil testing. If you are taking the test as part of a group or at a PEC course, select Special Testing Opportunities from the menu on the right or contact your PEC sponsor, ICP sponsor or NCC at for further instructions.

Registration Catalog - Eligibility, Overview, Fees and Policies
Guide to Testing Methods - Rules, Procedures and What to Expect

Candidate Guides - Exam Content, Competency Statements, Study Resources and Scoring

Competency Statements


Examination Competency Statements

Competency statements identify the special knowledge inherent in the role and function of the registered nurse certified in neonatal intensive care nursing.

The certified Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse should possess the knowledge competencies to:

  1. Identify antepartal and intrapartal indicators of neonatal risk and their potential significance.
  2. Systematically assess all body systems utilizing physical examination, gestational age assessment and neurobehavioral assessment.
  3. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology (maternal, fetal, transitional, newborn), pathophysiology, pharmacology, nutrition, and behavioral psychology to assess the neonate and differentiate abnormal from normal.
  4. Recognize normal values and deviations in clinical laboratory and diagnostic data and identify potential significance.
  5. Utilize biophysical monitoring techniques to identify body system alterations.
  6. Assess the neonate's family, community and environment to identify areas of risk.
  7. Develop an individualized plan of care for the restoration, maintenance and promotion of health for the high risk neonate and family unit during hospitalization and following discharge.
  8. Implement diagnostic, therapeutic and educational plans in collaboration with other health care providers to provide direct care for the high risk neonate and family.
  9. Identify life-threatening states and initiate appropriate interventions.
  10. Evaluate the plan of care in collaboration with other health care providers and the family, and modify the plan of care as indicated.
  11. Identify professional nursing issues which impact on the role of the neonatal nurse.