American Nurses Credentialing Center
The American Nurses Association established the ANA Certification Program in 1973 to provide tangible recognition of professional achievement in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) became its own corporation, a subsidiary of ANA, in 1991. Since then ANCC has certified more than 150,000 nurses throughout the United States and its territories in more than 30 specialty and advanced practice areas of nursing.
While the role for nurses continues to evolve, ANCC has responded positively by the re-conceptualization of certification & Open Door 2000, a program that enables all qualified registered nurses, regardless of their educational preparation, to become certified in any of five specialty areas: Gerontology, Medical-Surgical, Pediatrics, Perinatal and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.
In addition to certification, ANCC provides a wide variety of programs and services. Visit their web site for more information.