American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP)
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Exam 
Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist 


New FNP exam (ANCC) will be released next year on 
August 6, 2013. 

New NP Specialty Exam
Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
ANCC designation: AGPCNP-BC
Release date: January 29, 2013
Total # questions: 200 (25 not graded for stats only)
Time alloted: 3.0 hours

AANPCP designation: A-GNP-C 
Release date: January ?, 2012
Total # questions: TBA
Time alloted: TBA

Graduate of a Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program ( master's,postmaster's, or doctoral) accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
Clinical Hours: minimum of 500 faculty-supervised.

Who is allowed to use the ANCC's "AGPCNP-BC" designation?
There are only 2 groups who can use this credential (so far). 
You must either be a graduate of an Adult-Gero NP program or you are already double-certified as an ANP and GNP (I am one of those people). Per the ANCC, I can use the new credentials after the new AGPCNP exam is release this January 2013. 

PS: there are a total of 8 letters to this new designation. Yipes!
Please NOTE (my review courses)
My updated review courses covers the new ANCC Adult-Gero exam. It will be started during the May 2013 courses. 
First 2 days covers regular ANP component (adolescent to geriatrics plus non-clinical topics).  
Extra one-day webinar (open only to grads of AGPCNP programs) to cover  extra Gero topics. Will start this course on May 2013 classes.

All my review courses (live or webinars) are covered by our generous Money-Back Guarantee. 

Other new ANCC exams
Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC)
Will be released on January 2013

Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS-BC)
Will be released on April 2014.

Existing Credentials
Don't panic, they are NOT retiring the designation if you are already certified (i.e., Adult NP, Geriatric NP). They are only retiring the exam. ​You can continue using your credentials and renew every 5 years by the usual methods.
But if your ANP or GNP certifications expire (and you missed the grace period), you will not be eligible to take the new Adult-Gero NP exam (we are still in transition, so there may be other options for this group later?). 

Exams that will be retired: 
These NP and CNS exams will all be retired by December 31, 2014. Deadline for applications to sit for these (soon to be retired) exams is also on December 31, 2014. 

NP Exams (will be retired on December 31, 2014)
Adult NP 
Gerontology NP 
Acute Care NP 
Adult Psychiatric Mental Health NP

Clinical Nurse Specialist Exams (retired on December 31, 2014) 
Adult Health CNS
Adult Psychiatric Mental Health CNS
Child-Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health CNS
Gerontological CNS

I will post more news later....   Maria

AANP Credentialing Program (AANPCP)

The AANP and the ACNP (American College of Nurse Practitioners) will be merging this year.

Endorsement option expired on May 2012.

Are You Already Certifed (ANCC or AANPCP)?

The "older" credentials (ANP or GNP) remain the same. It will not change. You can renew it every 5 years by the usual methods. 
If you allow your certification to expire (and miss the grace period), then you are in trouble.

Because you are not qualified to sit for the new Adult-Gero NP exams (unless you go back to school). There will be no more ANP or GNP certification exams after 2015. I dont' know what will be done about this, since we are still in transition.
There may be other options in the future?