Paper Pencil Testing Opportunities

Institutional Certification Program (ICP)

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The NCC Institutional Certification Program (ICP) provides institutions an easy way to get their obstetric, gynecologic and neonatal nursing staff certified; and other health care professionals credentialed with a subspecialty certification. ICP provides onsite paper pencil testing for 25 or more participants with individualized test dates and if you have 100 or more participants discounts on fees are available.

Doesn't it make sense for the health professionals in your institution to be nationally certified?

As the first line in providing patient care, what healthcare professionals know and how they perform can really affect the liability risks your organization faces in its daily operation. Credentialed health caregivers are valued by the consumer and credentialing provides you, the employer, an outside evaluation of your employees' expertise. It provides tangible evidence of competence, validation of specialty knowledge, and is an excellent risk management tool. NCC will help you enable your professional staff to become certified in several areas or earn a subspecialty certification in Electronic Fetal Monitoring.

The Institutional Certification Program provides different options based on the number of participating individuals. Any of the NCC CORE or Subspecialty examinations are available to meet these minimum participant requirements. 25 or more test candidates (any mix of CORE or Subspecialty exams) to sponsor the examination at your institution at any time. 100 or more candidates will receive a negotiated fee discount. Sponsoring institutions will be required to provide a testing room and proctors at no cost to NCC.  All details and terms are outlined in a contract.

NCC offers certification (which lead to the RNC credential) examinations in the following specialties (open to nurses only):

  • Inpatient Obstetric Nursing
  • Maternal Newborn Nursing
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing

NCC also offers examinations leading to subspecialty certification in the following area:

  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring
    open to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurse midwives

For more information, download the NCC Institutional Certification Program brochure

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Nurses 1,395 1,447 1,916 1,875 1,785 1,720 2,167 2,297 2,195 2,700 1,898 2,593 1,650 25,638
Nurse Practitioners 5 9 10 17 15 36 10 0 2 32 2 14 6 158
Physicians 91 98 337 224 331 147 255 991 129 833 254 354 386 4,430
Physician Assistants 0 0 17 3 0 0 3 1 38 0 2 4 6 74
Nurses Midwives 21 6 7 10 43 26 31 17 38 41 46 68 58 412
Total 1,512 1,560 2,287 2,129 2,174 1,929 2,466 3,306 2,402 3,606 2,202 3,033 2,106 30,712

Testing at Professional Education Centers (PEC)

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Professional Education Center (PEC) offers review courses followed by these NCC  paper pencil Core Certification and Subspecialty Exams:

  • Inpatient Obstetric Nursing
  • Maternal Newborn Nursing
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring

You will need your PEC code to register along with required documentation and the appropriate fees. You cannot take a PEC administered exam until you are determined eligible by NCC. You can review PEC information by visiting their website.

PEC testing is administered through special arrangements with NCC. All aspects of NCC quality and integrity of exam administration are maintained but certain special rules do apply in addition to the usual NCC rules. For specific questions regarding these exams, contact Betty Sobala at