What is Nursing Specialty Certification?

Certification is a process indicating an individual has met predetermined standards that recognize a specialized body of knowledge, skills, and experience.

Many nursing specialty areas have professional organizations that provide certification to individual practitioners.

To make sure that certification maintains the highest standards, national associations control the process and development of certification examinations conducted by their specialty interest groups.

The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), a nationally recognized accrediting body, has determined that the NCSN credential is based on a valid and reliable testing process, and that the structures in place to administer the examinations meet or exceed the standards of the certification industry from a legal, regulatory and association management perspective.


The National Board for Certification of School Nurses advances the quality of school health services and school nurse practice. Our rigorous credentialing sets the professional standard for school nursing.

The NCSN Credential

The Nationally Certified School Nurse credential reflects competence and professionalism. To earn the NCSN a Registered Nurse must demonstrate a high level of education, clinical practice experience, and knowledge.