What You Need to Know About Certification


If you are already certified, make it your duty this week to encourage ONE colleague to also obtain certification.  Sometimes our coworkers just need a little encouragement….be the nurse that encourages someone else to advance their nursing profession 🙂

How to Become Certified


The National Certification Corporation is the credentialing agency that certifies obstetrical nurses. There are four types of core certifications: inpatient obstetric nursing (RNC-OB), maternal newborn nursing (RNC-MNN), low risk neonatal nursing (RNC-LRN), and neonatal intensive care nursing (NRC-NIC).

The following requirements must be met to apply:

  • Current licensure as an RN in the US or Canada
  • 24 months specialty experience as a US or Canadian RN comprised of a minimum of 2000 hours
  • Employment in the specialty sometime in the last 24 months
  • Both practice time and hours must be met. This is not a either/or criterion.

Exam Fees and Eligibility

  • There are no application deadlines and a candidate may submit an application and fee at any time.
  • All candidates must be determined eligible by submitting the appropriate application and required documentation.
  • Applications must be submitted online at the NCC website.
  • The fee is $325 which is composed of a $50 non-refundable application fee and a $275 testing fee.


How Certification Benefits Nurses:

By becoming certified, nurses validate their expert knowledge and skills and therefore position themselves for appropriate recognition and a critical sense of confidence and achievement. (AACN Certification Corporation)


How Certification Benefits Patients:

Certification provides patients and their families with validation that the nurse caring for them has demonstrated experience, knowledge and skills in the complex specialty of critical care. (AACN Certification Corporation)


On a personal note –

When I started out as a new graduate nurse, I felt so intimidated by all of the experienced L&D nurses around me. Most had over 25 years of experience.  No matter how bad I wanted it, I couldn’t make myself have that kind of experience. The only thing I could control was what kind of education I obtained outside of work.  The first week I was a nurse, I marked on my calendar the date I would be eligible to take a certification exam.  Passing that exam was one of the proudest moments in my nursing career.  I felt validated in my abilities as a nurse.  I gained so much confidence. I now consider it part of my duty as a nurse to encourage other nurses to obtain certification.  So I’m here to tell you…go for it. Your got this. You can do it. Ask your hospital if they have study resources.  Most hospitals will reimburse you if you pass your exam. If you’ve been thinking about obtaining your certification, consider this your sign that you should take the test. What are you waiting for?! 🙂



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13 replies

  1. did you use any books to study. I know our unit is getting ready to provide a study course sometime towards the end of the year. Any advice?


    • Our hospital provided an online RNC prep course from CE Direct that was super helpful. What city do you live in? I also thumbed through AWHONN’s Core Curriculum for Maternal Newborn Nursing. But seriously, trust in your abilities. You know more than you think you do. The majority of the questions I knew because I keep up-to-date on information. Good luck…and register! lol ❤


  2. i live in Abilene Texas. I am coming up to my 2 year mark now and am terrified of taking the test! :/ But thanks so much for your response!


  3. btw….i’m so happy I found your blog today! Hilarious it’s cracking me up reading it:)


  4. I have been putting it off for years but this is the sign to go take that test. Thanks. What is the best book to read over? I worry more about postpartum question like name all the different colors and names of locia as it going through it stages? I have Test anxiety.


  5. I just took RNC inpatient ob, and didn’t pass…;(…any suggestions
    I took a highly recommended class…;(


  6. I took the RNC-OB and found AWHONN Perinatal Nursing 4th Ed. to me VERY helpful. I’ve also heard from a lot of other people they felt the same.


  7. I have a year of LnD/antepartum experience and I am just transferred to Postpartum. I want to become certified but fear that no certification pertains to postpartum (and it is not couplet care). I eventually want to do women service float as I love each unit. Any advice?


  8. I worked for 1.5 years on postpartum couplet and ante party’s unit, then transferred about 4-5 months ago to labor and delivery. Not sure if I want to stay where I am. I’m in between taking the inpatient OB or MNN. I feel like inpatient OB has very limited newborn material on the outline.



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