AHN-BC: Advanced Holistic Nurse -
American Holistic Nursing Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC)
811 Linden Loop
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Unrestricted, current U.S. RN license*
A master's degree or higher in nursing
Minimum of one year (2000 hours) of Holistic Nursing experience (obtained within past 5 years)
48 CE hours in Holistic Nursing Theory, Research, Practice, or related topics
Graduate of nationally accredited Nursing program**
Preparation for the Exam
It is the responsibility of the individual to prepare for the exam. The two primary resources are the Core Practice Competencies of Holistic Nursing and the AHNA Scope and Standards of Holistic Nursing Practice. Examination items are developed to test the Core Practice Competencies of Holistic Nursing.
The basic competencies may be found as an appendix in the Core Essentials for Basic Holistic Nursing. The advanced competencies may be found as an appendix in the Core Essentials for Advanced Holistic Nursing. To obtain AHNA Scope and Standards of Holistic Nursing click here.
Expectations and Responsibilities
Only nurses certified by AHNCC may use the designated credentials. Nurses may NOT use the credential when the nurse has:
Not completed the Certification or Recertification Process consistent with the level of competence;
A restricted, inactive, or withdrawn license;
Requested inactive status; or
Certification has been withdrawn by AHNCC.
* International candidates who are not planning on working in the United States may submit an RN license from their country. A US license is required if the applicant plans to seek employment in the US.
** All international candidates with an RN license are eligible to sit for the HN-BC examination. Applicants wanting to sit for a higher level examination must submit documentation showing that their educational program is equivalent to the educational requirement of the examination level being sought. Questions regarding this process can be directed to .
Handbook - Application - Study Materials:
“Step 1 and Step 2 of the application process must first be
approved before scheduling an exam. Once approved, you
will be emailed a link allowing you to choose and exam date, time and location. Simply follow the link to book your exam. All exams are offered in the Computer-Based Test (CBT) format. To find a CBT site near you, click the “Test Sites” button at the top of this website. CBT testing is year round.
Retaking the Exam:
If you need to retest, you must wait at least 30 days from your most recent test date before testing again. If you test and are unsuccessful, you have 12 months from initial test date to retest at a reduced rate without submitting a new application. To take advantage of this, follow the instructions on your score report. NOTE: You may retest as many times as you’d like at the reduced rate so long as you are within one year of your initial test date.