CNN-NP Eligibility Criteria

  1. The applicant must hold a full and unrestricted license as a registered nurse in the United States, or its territories and be nationally certified as a nurse practitioner.
  2. The applicant must have a minimum of 2000 hours as a nurse practitioner practicing in nephrology within two (2) years prior to submitting this application.
  3. The applicant must possess a minimum of a masterís degree in nursing.
  4. The applicant must have completed sixty contact hours of approved continuing education in nephrology within two (2) years prior to submitting this application. Continuing education must be approved by one of the following:
    • Organizations accredited by the American Nursesí Credentialing Center Ė Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA) the credentialing body of the American Nurses Association
      • For example, The American Nephrology Nursesí Association (ANNA), which is both an accredited provider and approver of continuing education in nursing
    • The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
    • The Council of Continuing Education
    • The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    • California, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, or Ohio State Boards of Nursing*
    • Organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
      • For example, the American Society of Nephrology and the Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia that sponsors the Annual Dialysis Conference

Please be aware that although programs may meet requirements set forth by other state boards of nursing, they may not meet the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission criteria.


No individual shall be excluded from the opportunity to participate in the NNCC certification program on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability.

Recertification Information