Nursing Certification Programs
Certification & Accreditation:
Certification: There are many certification programs open to registered nurses. Through certification, you can progress your career and become fully qualified to work as a specialty nurse. For some specialties certification is not required but it is certainly looked upon favorably by employers.
Benefits of Certification
- Excellent way for you to learn and work with new technologies
- Proven demonstration of dedication and commitment to your career
- Your skills are kept up to date which is essential for all healthcare professionals
- Validation of your skills in a specialty nursing area
- You will become more productive and will have higher job satisfaction
- The skills you will gather through certification will be beneficial for career progression
- You will become more competitive in the job market and can earn a greater salary/rate
- Recertification is available by completing a written exam. This enables you to maintain your qualifications without going through the lengthy certification process again
Certification in a specialist area is often required to apply for positions in that area. Certification is available for many nursing specialties including the four advanced practice nursing specialties, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. National Certification is usually achieved on completion of an educational program, and in some states, certification is required to practice that specialty.
For more information on the different types of certification available, please go to the Nursing specialty you wish to learn more about (in the table below), and read the Qualifications section on that page.
Accreditation: There are two national accreditation organizations that provide Accreditation for Nursing Education programs. The Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) provides accreditation for Masters Degree in Nursing programs, Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN) programs, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs and Diploma courses. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) provides accreditation for Masters Degrees in nursing and Bachelor’s Degrees in nursing only.
There are also separate accrediting bodies for advanced certifications in nursing specializations. For more specific information on accreditation, please click on the Nursing specialty you wish to learn more about (in the table below), and read the Qualifications section on that page.
Find a Nursing School near you: Use the Further Your Career zip code search box, to find schools and colleges in your area that offer nursing programs.
Preview different types of positions: Search and review the different types of Nursing Jobs & Health Care Jobs posted on our jobsite, for an idea of the duties and responsibilities, education/skills required, salary and benefits associated with Health Care related, Medical & Nursing jobs in USA.
Below is a list of some of the various types of medical nurses / assistant nurses: