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Program Directors

During the COVID Pandemic, NCC worked with other national groups to develop the  "Nurse Practitioner Students and Direct Care Clinical Hours".  

During that time NCC supported the requirement of a minimum of 500 supervised direct patient care clinical hours in the population focus and allowed the additional 100 hours (beyond the 500) required by NCC for eligibility for the WHNP and NNP certification examinations to be completed in simulation or other types of ways.  During that time the program directors could use their judgment on how the additional 100 hours of clinical were met.  This alteration in the required 600 clinical hours for eligibility for the WHNP and NNP certification examinations will end with the 2022 graduates.  After December 31, 2022, all graduates will be required to meet the eligibility requirements which state the students must have completed 600 direct patient care clinical hours in the role and scope.

NCC understands that the new National Task Force guidelines have increased the clinical hours to 750 hours.  NCC will follow the educational standards put out by NANN and NPWH to make a decision on when this new number of hours will be required. It will be based on both the standards and program implementation to meet this new requirement.

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In order for graduates to be eligible for the NCC certification process, NCC must review and approve the NP program from which they have graduated and program accreditation must be current.

Program Directors are thereafter responsible for annual updates to their program profile. All substantive changes in a program must be reported and updated in the profile. Program Directors are required to ensure their program accreditation date and letter are up to date at all times. If the program accreditation lapses, students cannot sit for the examination.  In addition, to reinstate a lapsed program you must provide all required documents and pay a 500 dollar fee.

Program reports may be generated after logging into the program profile. For programs in which one or no graduates took the examination in a given year, no report is issued to guard the confidentiality of the individual.  Programs may request the unique ID number from the student to obtain verification of certification.

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If you have a new NNP or WHNP graduate program please use the following link to have the program approved.

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