AMERICAN HOLISTIC NURSES CREDENTIALING CORPORATION
CERTIFICATION IN BASIC HOLISTIC NURSING, HN-BC AND HNB-BC
AHNCC offers two Certifications in Basic Holistic Nursing: Holistic Nurse, Board Certified (HN-BC); Holistic Baccalaureate Nurse, Board Certified (HNB-BC)
Download the Holistic Nursing Handbook and Application here
Download the Core Essentials for Basic Holistic Nursing, click here
Take a practice examination by clicking here. Note: Practice exams are not required to take a certification examination. To take a practice examination, or not, is your choice. The practice examinations are designed to give you an opportunity to take an examination online, to acquaint you with the type of questions asked, and to give you experience with multiple-response, single-answer questions. Taking the practice examination does not imply nor guarantee sucessful performance on the certification examination.
Passing rates for each of the examinations can be found here.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR BASIC HOLISTIC NURSING CERTIFICATION
• Unrestricted and current U.S. RN license;
•Graduation from a NLN or AACN accredited school of nursing;
• Active practice as a Holistic Nurse for a minimum of one (1) year full-time or 2,000 hours within the last five (5) years part-time; and
• Completion of a minimum of 48 contact hours of continuing education in Holistic Nursing within a two (2) year period preceding application.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA BY LEVEL
•A minimum of a Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing for the HN-BC;
•A Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an institution regionally accredited by the Association of Schools and Colleges will be required for the HNB-BC.
Graduates from Endorsed Programs may be eligible for waiver of self-reflective assessment, post-graduate practice, and continuing education requirements if certified within two years post graduation. For a list of our Endorsed Schools, click here.
Your application includes the following:
•A completed Application Form found in the Handbook;
•A transcript documenting academic status from an institution regionally accredited by the Association of Schools and Colleges;
•Verification of Continued Educationin Holistic Nursing as specified in the Handbook;
•Letter of Agreement with AHNCC as found in the Handbook; and
•Appropriate fee found in the Handbook.
•Applications are valid for one (1) year from the date of Application Approval. After that, applications are void and require resubmission. All documents must be submitted at the same time to ensure integrity of the Application. Review of Applications usually take 1-2 weeks.
The Self-Reflective Assessment
The Self-reflection, Self-assessment experience is recommended for all nurses applying for AHNCC certification, but is not required to meet application nor certification criteria, nor will it predict success on the certification examination. There are two versions for Basic Holistic Nursing; each represents a specific Certification Program.
The SRA for the HN-BC and HNB-BC can be found in the Handbook.
The Holistic Nursing Certification Examination
Once candidates have completed the Application to Qualify for Certification, they will be notified that they are eligible to sit for the Certification Examination. Examinations are administered by the Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) throughout the year for a two-week period of time in more than 400 locations. Once notified by PTC, candidates can register for the date and location of the Certification Examination. Instructions for registering for the date and location of the examination will be included in the notification sent by PTC. If you have not heard from PTC within three (3) weeks prior to the examination, you can reach them at 212-356-0660.
Candidates must successfully pass the examination to become Certified in Holistic Nursing. If a candidate fails the examination, he/she will be eligible to retake the examination no sooner than 60 (sixty) days and no longer than one (1) year from the date of the first examination.
Candidates will be notified of their score and status by AHNCC approximately 6 weeks after test administration. Scores and examination results will be released to others only with written authorization from the candidate. Public members may request certification verification without written authorization of the certificant.