NCC Announces Pass Rates for New Certification Exam - Obstetric and Neonatal Quality and Safety October 16, 2020

Chicago, IL – October 2020 – The National Certification Corporation (NCC) is pleased to announce the pass rates achieved for their newly launched subspecialty certification exam and congratulates all candidates who were willing to test during the introductory phase of testing.

Obstetric and Neonatal Quality and Safety (C-ONQS)
A competency-based examination that tests specialty knowledge and the application of that knowledge for licensed health care professionals in the US and Canada, who apply quality and safety principles and data in practice to improve care to obstetrical and neonatal patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Introductory testing Phase I and Phase II are complete, with pass rates for both phases of:
82% pass rate

Introductory phase registration for this exam was launched on June 1, 2020, with testing starting on July 1, 2020. More than 295 multidisciplinary health care professionals tested. This exam was completed by a large number of successful candidates which enabled psychometric analysis and standard-setting to be completed earlier than anticipated.

For an exam to meet rigorous national standards, a passing score cannot be arbitrarily selected. Passing scores must clearly differentiate candidates with special knowledge from those who cannot demonstrate such knowledge. The NCC test evaluation process is designed to meet the goal of assessing the specialty knowledge of health care professionals using psychometrically sound and legally defensible methods that support the overall testing goals of validity, reliability, and fairness.

The completed examinations were analyzed based on psychometrics and national standard-setting teams reviewed the results. Based on the provided analysis and review, NCC scored and released the results for the introductory phase on September 13, 2020.

NCC continues to honor its “second chance free” exam promotion to those who register between June 1, 2020, and October 31, 2020.

NCC is a non-profit organization committed to promoting quality health care to women, neonates and their families. NCC provides certification and educational programs for nurses, physicians and other licensed health care professionals in the obstetric, gynecologic and neonatal specialties. More than 175,000 licensed health care professionals have been awarded prestigious NCC certifications since its inception in 1975.