FAQ

The ACRN requirements recommend two years of HIV nursing experience, is this a recommendation or requirement?
It is a recommendation, not a requirement. However, more experience may make it easier to pass the exam.

I am a nurse practitioner and I have been encouraged to take this exam, why should I choose this certification over American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM)?
The ACRN is a nursing certification for all nurses, including nurse practitioners, and is recognized for magnet status from the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC). AAHIVM is an open book exam that allows different disciplines (doctors, physician assistants, pharmacists, etc.) to take the same exam.

Is there a limit to how many times you can take the exam?
Currently there is no limit. It is up to the discretion of the person taking the test, but if you have taken the test twice and not passed, we recommend participating in a review course before taking the test a third time.

What is the format of the exam?
Multiple choice questions

How often is the test updated?
Tests are updated on an ongoing basis. Questions are reviewed every year and a new form of the exam is given every one to two years.

What is a passing score?
A passing score is 70% or 175 out of 250 questions correctly answered.

Is the ACRN exam recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)?
Your ACRN certification is different from a credential you receive from the ANCC. They oversee certification for generalized practice and large common specialty practices (critical care, pediatrics, geriatrics, family and adult nurse practitioners, etc.) while we oversee certification for the HIV specialty. 

However, ANCC is a large provider of continuing education units (CEUs) and we do use their CEUs for recertification.

How do you obtain CEUs for recertification?  Is it a yearly requirement?
CEUs for recertification are accumulated during the four years the certification is valid. For example, you receive your certificate in 2021 and you will recertify in 2025. It does not matter how long it takes you to meet your continuing education requirements long as total required amount is met at the end of those four years. CEU in other medical areas and CME are acceptable, but in limited amounts. Click here for more information on recertification.

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