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
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.
- Introduction to the Certification and Test-Taking Strategies
- Intro to NPD Practice
- Learning Theories
- Introduction to Planning Quality Continuing Professional Development
- Identifying Need for Educational Activity
- Outcomes and Objectives
- Educational Activity Content
- Learner Engagement
- Commercial Support
- Conﬂict of Interest
- Interprofessional Continuing Education
- Test Construction
- Role Development
- Change Agent
- Competency Management
- Resource Management
- Healthy Work Environment/Teambuilding
- Decision Making
- Ethical/Legal Considerations of NPD Practice
- Evidence-Based Practice & Research
- Process Improvement
- Program and Project Management Part I: Phases
- Program and Project Management Part II: Tools
NPD Certification Prep Study Guide
This textbook has engaging activities to prepare you for exam success.
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
NPD Certification Preparation Flashcards
These virtual flashcards make studying easy while you're on the go!
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.