Certifications

NAPNES offers licensed practical / vocational nurses post licensure certification in Pharmacology, Long-Term Care, and IV Therapy.

Designations
After successful completion of certification exams, candidates may use the following designations in their signature / title:

  • LPN, NCP or LVN, NCP (NAPNES Certified in Pharmacology)
  • LPN, CLTC or LVN, CLTC (NAPNES Certified in Long-Term Care)
  • LPN, IVT or LVN, IVT (NAPNES Certified in I.V. Therapy)

NAPNES is also researching additional post licensure certifications in partnership with other organizations. These include but are not limited to: first responder, case management, PN Education and more. From time to time, NAPNES conducts practice analysis surveys via our web site. We encourage LP/VNs, LP/VN employers and educators to participate in all surveys applicable.

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Allied Health Professional Certificate in Long-Term Care
New in 2010, NAPNES approved a certification exam in Long-Term Care for unlicensed assistive personnel. The AHP CLTC reviews the following concepts:

  • Concepts, skills and techniques in geriatric and long-term care nursing
  • Nursing care theory provided to geriatric patients
  • Nursing care theory in providing a safe, clean and comfortable environment for the chronically ill
  • Review of anatomy and physiology and therapeutic / modified diets.

This program confirms to employers that the candidate is knowledgeable in long-term care and is engaged in skill building.