APHN-BC: Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse - Board Certified
American Holistic Nursing Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC)
811 Linden Loop
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Unrestricted, current U.S. APRN license*
A master's degree or higher in nursing
2000 hours or one-year full time within last 5 years and a minimum of 500 hours at the advanced Practice level.
48 CE hours in Holistic Nursing Theory, Research, Practice, or related topics
Graduate of nationally accredited Graduate 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A restricted, inactive, or withdrawn license;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Certification has been withdrawn by AHNCC.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:
** More information will be coming regarding re‐testing for the APHN‐BC examination in the near future.