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Certified Addictions Registered Nurse

Advanced Practice

Offered by:
 

Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB)

Care of C-NET

35 Journal Square, Suite 901

Jersey City,NJ 07306

201.217.9083 (Voice)

201.217.9785 (Fax)

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Check our new FAQ Page for answers to your questions and click HERE for an updated list of references for the exam!

Effective October 2018, the CARN and CARN-AP programs have been granted accreditation by ABSNC! 

Requirements

Effective July 1, 2018

 

 

To be determined eligible to participate in the certification examination for advanced practice, candidates must meet the following requirements:  

 

RN LICENSE:

You must hold a current, full, and unrestricted license* as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States, its territories or Canada. If licensed in more than one jurisdiction, the candidate must hold full and unrestricted licenses in all jurisdictions where they practice. Non-US or Canadian nurses who meet eligibility criteria are also invited to apply for the CARN-AP examination, but must submit evidence of equivalent licensure as an RN.   

*ALTERNATIVE TO DISCIPLINE POLICY: ANCB recognizes the positive impact nurses in recovery bring to the specialty of addiction nursing. Alternative to Treatment Program Involvement:

  1. If a license is surrendered or if the nurse has violated the agreement, the applicant will be found ineligible to sit for the exam.

  2. If the nurse has a license with restrictions and is currently in a monitoring program, a letter from the monitoring program will be required before the applicant may sit for the exam. The monitoring program letter will need to support that the license is active, the applicant is complying with his/her agreement and that the monitoring program supports the applicant sitting for the exam.

  3. Each applicant will be expected to abide by their state nurse practice act and the laws of their state regarding the alternative to discipline programs.

 

SCHOLASTIC DOCUMENTATION:

You must provide evidence that you hold a master’s degree (or higher) in nursing.

 

VERIFICATION OF CLINICAL HOURS (500):

The applicant must complete documentation (enclosed) verifying a minimum of 500 hours in advanced clinical practice. These hours must be supervised, and must be direct client contact hours, working with individuals and families impacted by addictions/dual diagnoses. Be advised, only hours obtained within the last four (4) years will be considered, and may be from your master’s program, or post-masters experience [See below].

 

DURING MASTERS:

If part or all of the required hours were obtained  during a master’s program, the applicant must attach a transcript and highlight all the itemized experience hours they wish to submit for consideration. All experience hours must be in addictions/dual diagnosis and obtained within the last 4 years.

 

AND/OR

 

POST-MASTERS:

If part or all of the required hours were obtained post-masters, then the candidate must have the enclosed Verification Form completed by a direct supervisor. The Verification Form may be  photocopied for distribution to multiple supervisor  if needed. All experience hours must meet the above criteria under “Verification of Clinical Hours”.

 

VERIFICATION OF 1,500 ADDITIONAL HOURS:

In addition to the 500 directly supervised clinical hours listed, the applicant must have a minimum of 1,500 hours of nursing experience in addiction as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) within the last three (3) years prior to submitting the examination application. The hours may be in an administrative, teaching, private practice, consultation, counseling, or research capacity.

 

CONTACT HOURS

Applicants must have completed forty-five (45) contact hours of approved continuing education in addictions within the three (3) years prior to submitting the exam application. Fifty-one percent of the hours must be specific to addictions nursing, while the remaining hours must be related to addictions nursing, e.g., HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, pain management, etc.

Handbook - Application - Study Materials:

Fees:


*NOTE: Fee changes effective December 1, 2017

$250– IntNSA Members, $300–Non-IntNSA Members

Exam Dates & Deadlines:


The CARN exam has year-round Computer-Based Testing (CBT).  Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing applications.  Exam Permits reflecting a 90-day testing window will be mailed to eligible candidates.  Candidates will have 90 days to schedule and take the exam.

Re-certification:

4 years from the date of passing exam.