Certification Preparation

Professional Development

Get Recognized

The ANCC nursing professional development board certification exam is a competency-based exam that assesses entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of registered nurses in the nursing professional development specialty. ANPD has resources to help you earn your Board Certification (NPD-BC) credential.

Certification Preparation Courses

Provide or attend an ANPD Certification Preparation course taught by experts in the specialty.

This hands-on, multi-day course is a great introduction to nursing professional development and will help you prepare for the exam. The curriculum offers 16 contact hours and includes extensive content on education, leadership, ethical and legal considerations, practice and performance improvement, technology, project and program management, and test-taking skills, including a pre/post-test for additional contact hours. 

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Online Certification Course

Members: $325
Non-Members: $500

Self-paced and online!

This 29-module, learner-paced course is designed to prepare NPD practitioners for the basic NPD certification examination administered by the ANCC.

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  1. Introduction to the Certification and Test-Taking Strategies
  2. Intro to NPD Practice
  3. Learning Theories
  4. Introduction to Planning Quality Continuing Professional Development
  5. Identifying Need for Educational Activity
  6. Outcomes and Objectives
  7. Educational Activity Content
  8. Learner Engagement
  9. Commercial Support
  10. Conflict of Interest
  11. Evaluation
  12. Interprofessional Continuing Education
  13. Test Construction
  14. Role Development
  15. Leadership
  16. Change Agent
  17. Competency Management
  18. Resource Management
  19. Healthy Work Environment/Teambuilding
  20. Decision Making
  21. Delegation
  22. Communication
  23. Ethical/Legal Considerations of NPD Practice
  24. Copyright
  25. Evidence-Based Practice & Research
  26. Process Improvement
  27. Technology
  28. Program and Project Management Part I: Phases
  29. Program and Project Management Part II: Tools


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NPD Certification Prep Study Guide

This textbook has engaging activities to prepare you for exam success.

Members: $149
Non-Members: $199

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NPD Certification Preparation Practice Exams

Get an idea of the types of questions that you may see on the ANCC NPD certification exam.

Members: $50/exam | $125 for all 3
Non-Members: $75/exam | $175 for all 3

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NPD Certification Preparation Flashcards

These virtual flashcards make studying easy while you're on the go! 

Members: $99
Non-Members: $149

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NPD Sound Bites for Cert Prep

Prepare for the exam while you walk the dog or do the dishes. The NPD Sound Bites for Cert Prep podcast features NPD experts discussing best practices and application of the material learned throughout the Nursing Professional Development Certification Online Preparation Course.

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