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Clinical Nurse Specialists

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

National certification exams are offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in various clinical specialties, although not all states require these examinations or recognize clinical nurse specialist status. The ANCC offers clinical nurse specialty examinations in adult health, adult-gerontology, adult psychiatric–mental health, child/adolescent psychiatric–mental health, gerontological, home health, pediatric, and public/community health.

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