Credential Awarded: PHNA-BC
(Certification through Portfolio)
The ANCC Advanced Public Health Nursing board certification through portfolio assessment provides a valid and reliable assessment of the entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of registered nurses in the public health nursing specialty after initial RN licensure and graduate education. Once you complete eligibility requirements and successfully pass the portfolio review process, you are awarded the credential: Advanced Public Health Nursing-Board Certified (APHN-BC). This credential is valid for 5 years. You can continue to use this credential by maintaining your license to practice and meeting the renewal requirements in place at the time of your certification renewal.
Certification through portfolio is a new assessment methodology to achieve ANCC board certification. No exam is required. Eligible applicants submit an online portfolio of evidence to document their specialized knowledge, skills, understanding, and application of professional nursing practice and theory. Portfolios must articulate performance in four domains of practice: Professional Development, Professional and Ethical Nursing Practice, Teamwork and Collaboration, and Quality and Safety, as described in the Portfolio Content Outline [pdf] and Eligibility Criteria for this specialty certification.
Advanced Public Health Nursing Board Certification applications are peer-reviewed by Board Certified Advanced Public Health Nurses and evaluated for adherence to criteria elements described in the specialty Portfolio Content Outline [pdf] and Eligibility Criteria.
Special Notice May 16, 2017: Recently, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) became aware that nurses holding two different certifications were using the same credentialing acronym. Accordingly, the Commission on Certification (COC) made the determination that nurses holding ANCC's Advanced Public Health Nursing certification would be required to change the credential from APHN-BC to PHNA-BC.