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Nurse Practitioners

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Not all states require nurse practitioners to be nationally certified; however, certification is strongly recommended by those in the profession. Certification in a variety of specialties is offered by such organizations as the American Nurses Credentialing Center,  American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, and Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates. Certification typically involves passing a written exam, and requirements for recertification usually include completing a certain amount of continuing education. Exact requirements vary according to the certifying group.

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