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CANDIDATE GUIDE

LOW RISK NEONATAL NURSING

Congratulations on taking the next step in your career – earning your RNC-LRN credential!

Key Points

Computer Test                                                           

Schedule your test as soon as possible with AMP either by phone on their website – see eligibility letter for details.

You must bring two forms of ID to the test center (one of which must be photo ID.

Preliminary results are given at the site but your official (verified) results will come to you in the mail within 21 days of testing. You are NOT certified until you receive your official letter.

 If you can’t take the exam or missed your appointment – see page 7 for your options.

Paper & Pencil Testing

You will receive an admission ticket to the test approximately 2 weeks before the test date of 9/25/09.  You must bring your admission ticket photo ID to the test site.

 Official results will be mailed to you within six (6)  weeks after the test day. No results will be given by internet, fax or phone.

If you can’t take the exam or failed to appear on the testing date, see page 11 for your options.

Verification of certification to third parties can only be done via our online system on the NCC website. Your information will not be on the system until you receive your official letter in the mail.  Cost is $30.

For study resources – see pages 16-28.

For sample score reports and an explanation on how tests are scored – see page 29-30.   Note, test results are reported as pass/fail ONLY.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THE NFORMATION IN THIS GUIDE. IT WILL ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS AND WILL EXPLAIN ALL POLICIES TO WHICH YOU WILL BE SUBJECT.

About this Guide

This guide provides general information about the NCC examination process. It includes specific information about the further communication you will have with NCC before you take the examination, the policies of the examination program, and the procedures to be followed on the day you take the examination. In addition, this guide provides information that will help you prepare for the examination including sample questions to familiarize you with question format, competency statements and examination content outline.  Study resources are also identified. It should answer your questions about the NCC examination process.  

NCC’s Philosophy of Testing

Certification is an evaluative process that provides the opportunity for nurses in the obstetric, gynecologic and/or neonatal specialty to demonstrate publicly what they know and to be recognized for the special knowledge they possess. The NCC certification credential carries no licensing authority. The ability to practice as a nurse is regulated by the state boards of nursing and while certification may be required in some states for advanced practice roles, NCC has no regulatory power to require states to recognize NCC certification for this purpose.  Practice and educational standards are reflected in the certification process, but the responsibility for development of such standards rests with the professional nursing specialty organizations and the nursing educational community.  NCC encourages individual nurse to seek out information about how certification relates to state licensure requirements, program accreditation of the educational institutions attended, the educational and practice standards of national nursing specialty organizations, and employment expectations in the community.  

NCC is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies

Candidate Guide:  LOW RISK NEONATAL NURSING

NCC• PO Box 11082 • Chicago, IL 60611 • 312-951-0207 • www.nccwebsite.org

© NCC, 2009

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