Best Nursing Certifications in the USA: Highest-Paying Programs

Hi readers! In this post, I’ve compiled a list of best nursing certification programs in the USA. Here, readers will find the following details – list of top nursing certifications, certifying organizations/bodies, level/type of certification and more.

Nursing Certifications

Why choose a certification program, some of you may ask. Earning a certification from well established organizations can work wonders for your career. Employers want their workers to be certified in relevant field/industry/sector. In other words, a certification can help you qualify for decent jobs.

 

Come, let us check out the list of certifications now. Here it is –

 

List of Highest-Paying Nursing Certifications in the USA for 2022

 

1 Certifications for Registered Nurses

Sr No

Certification

Certifying Organization

Type/Level of Certification

1 Advanced Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology Advanced
2 Holistic Nurse Board Certified American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Center Advanced
3 Certified in Executive Nursing Practice American Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing Center Advanced
4 Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse – Advance Practice Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Advanced
5 Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Advanced
6 Certified Wound Care Nurse – Advance Practice Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Advanced
7 Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist Plastic Surgical Nurses Certification Board Advanced
8 Health and Wellness Nurse Coach Board Certified American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Center Advanced
9 Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse – Advanced Practice Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Advanced
10 Certified Continence Care Nurse – Advanced Practice Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Advanced
11 Blood & Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Advanced
12 Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Advanced
13 Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Advanced
14 Clinical Nurse Leader American Association of Colleges of Nursing Advanced
15 Certified Nurse Manager and Leader American Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing Center Advanced
16 Advanced Holistic Nurse Board Certified American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Center Advanced
17 Certified Correctional Health Professional – Registered Nurse National Commission on Correctional Health Care Advanced
18 Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative Certification Competency and Credentialing Institute Advanced
19 Certified Addictions Registered Nurse – Advanced Practice International Nurses Society on Addictions Advanced
20 Advanced AIDS Certified Registered Nurse HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board Advanced
21 Certified Transcultural Nursing – Advanced Transcultural Nursing Certification Commission Advanced
22 Nurse Coach Board Certified American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Center Advanced
23 Holistic Nurse Baccalaureate Board Certified American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Center Advanced
24 Stroke Certified Registered Nurse American Association of Neuroscience Nurses – American Board of Neuroscience Nursing Advanced
25 Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Advanced
26 Certified Ostomy Care Nurse – Advanced Practice Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Advanced
27 Certified Correctional Health Professional National Commission on Correctional Health Care Core
28 Assistant at Surgery – Certified National Assistant at Surgery Certification Core
29 Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant National Assistant at Surgery Certification Core
30 Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Lamaze International Core
31 Registered Nurse Assistant at Surgery – Certified National Assistant at Surgery Certification Core
32 Vascular Access-Board Certified Vascular Access Certification Corporation Core
33 Certificate of Added Qualification in Neonatal Pediatric Transport The National Certification Corporation Specialty
34 Certified Occupational Health Nurse – Specialist American Board for Occupational Health Nurses Specialty
35 CNOR Certification Competency and Credentialing Institute Specialty
36 Pain Management Nursing ANA Enterprise Specialty
37 Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Specialty
38 Certified Director of Nursing in Long Term Care National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care Specialty
39 Geriatric Diabetic Certified Nurse National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care Specialty
40 Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse Plastic Surgical Nurses Certification Board Specialty
41 Progressive Care Nursing (Adult) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Specialty
42 Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse American Association of Neuroscience Nurses – American Board of Neuroscience Nursing Specialty
43 Certified Emergency Nurse Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing Specialty
44 Certified Developmental Disabilities Nurse Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association Specialty
45 Certified Wound Specialist American Board of Wound Management Specialty
46 Certified Bariatric Nurse American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Specialty
47 Ambulatory Care Nursing ANA Enterprise Specialty
48 Certified Nephrology Nurse Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission Specialty
49 Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses Specialty
50 Legal Nurse Consultant Certified American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (Certification Board) Specialty
51 Certified Corrections Nurse Manager American Correctional Association Specialty
52 Certified Transplant Preservationist Organization for Transplant Professionals Specialty
53 Cardiac-Vascular Nursing ANA Enterprise Specialty
54 Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. Specialty
55 Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board Specialty
56 Pediatric Nursing ANA Enterprise Specialty
57 Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology Specialty
58 Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse Organization for Transplant Professionals Specialty
59 Certified in Perinatal Loss Care Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Specialty
60 Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse – Advanced Practice Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Specialty
61 Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board Specialty
62 Certified Ostomy Care Nurse – Advanced Practice Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Specialty
63 APRN Gerontological Specialist – Certified Gerontological Advanced Practice Nursing Association Specialty
64 Trauma Certified Registered Nurse Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing Specialty
65 Certified Peritoneal Dialysis Nurse Board of Nephrology Examiners Technology Nursing Specialty
66 Stroke Certified Registered Nurse American Association of Neuroscience Nurses – American Board of Neuroscience Nursing Specialty
67 Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing The National Certification Corporation Specialty
68 International Board Certified Lactation Consultant International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners Specialty
69 Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Specialty
70 Inpatient Obstetric Nursing The National Certification Corporation Specialty
71 Low Risk Neonatal Nursing The National Certification Corporation Specialty
72 Oncology Certified Nurse Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Specialty
73 Certified Wound Care Nurse Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Specialty
74 Certified Addiction Specialist American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders Specialty
75 Certified Occupational Health Nurse – Case Management American Board for Occupational Health Nurses Specialty
76 Certified Continence Care Nurse Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Specialty
77 Certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Specialty
78 Certified Addictions Registered Nurse International Nurses Society on Addictions Specialty
79 Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist American Academy of Health, Fitness, & Rehabilitation Professionals Specialty
80 Orthopaedic Nurse – Certified Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board Specialty
81 Certified Corrections Nurse American Correctional Association Specialty
82 Orthopaedic Nurse Certified National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses Specialty
83 Certified Ostomy Care Nurse Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Specialty
84 Certified Transport Registered Nurse Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing Specialty
85 Nationally Certified School Nurse National Board for Certification of School Nurses Specialty
86 Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse American Board for Transplant Certification Specialty
87 Medical-Surgical Nursing ANA Enterprise Specialty
88 Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Specialty
89 Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing Specialty
90 Certified Foot Care Nurse Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Specialty
91 Nursing Case Management ANA Enterprise Specialty
92 Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Specialty
93 Family Nurse Practitioner ANA Enterprise Specialty
94 Nursing Professional Development ANA Enterprise Specialty
95 Nurse Executive Advanced ANA Enterprise Specialty
96 Dermatology Nurse Certified Dermatology Nurses’ Association Specialty
97 Certified Nurse Life Care Planner American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners Specialty
98 Assisted Living Nurse Certification American Assisted Living Nurses Association Specialty
99 Certified Wound Care Nurse – Advance Practice Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Specialty
100 Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist Plastic Surgical Nurses Certification Board Specialty
101 Certified Continence Care Nurse – Advanced Practice Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board Specialty
102 Certified Flight Registered Nurse Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing Specialty
103 Certificate of Added Qualifications: Electronic Fetal Monitoring The National Certification Corporation Specialty
104 Maternal Newborn Nursing The National Certification Corporation Specialty
105 Certified Pediatric Nurse Pediatric Nursing Certification Board Specialty
106 Certified Occupational Health Nurse American Board for Occupational Health Nurses Specialty
107 Infection Control Certification Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Specialty
108 Certified Urologic Nurse Practitioner Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates Specialty
109 Certified Nurse in Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nursing Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses Specialty
110 Certified Urologic Registered Nurse Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates Specialty
111 Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Specialty
112 HIV/AIDS Certified Registered Nurse HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board Specialty
113 Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Specialty
114 Gerontological Nursing ANA Enterprise Specialty
115 Certified Ophthalmic Registered Nurse National Certifying Board for Ophthalmic Registered Nurses Specialty
116 Certified Managed Care Nurse American Board of Managed Care Nursing Specialty
117 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Pediatric Forensic Nursing Certification Board Specialty
118 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Adult/Adolescent Forensic Nursing Certification Board Specialty
119 Accredited Case Manager American Case Management Association Specialty
120 Certified Dialysis Nurse Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission Specialty
121 Certification for Foreign Nurses Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools Specialty
122 Certified Nephrology Nurse – Nurse Practitioner Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission Specialty
123 Certified Registered Nurse Infusion Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation Specialty
124 Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner – Certified Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board Specialty
125 Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist – Certified Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board Specialty
126 Certified Breast Care Nurse Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Specialty
127 Nurse Executive ANA Enterprise Specialty
128 Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. Specialty
129 Certified Radiology Nurse Radiologic Nursing Certification Board Specialty
130 Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse Clinician National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology Specialty
131 Wound Care Certification National Alliance of Wound Care Specialty
132 Critical Care Registered Nurse (Neonatal) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Specialty
133 National Healthcare Disaster Certification ANA Enterprise Specialty
134 Weight Management Specialty Certification American Council on Exercise Specialty
135 Diabetic Wound Care Certification National Alliance of Wound Care Specialty
136 Certified Assisted Living Nursing National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care Specialty
137 Certified Hemodialysis Nurse Board of Nephrology Examiners Technology Nursing Specialty

 

2 Nurse Practitioner Certifications

Sr No

Certification

Certifying Organization

Type/Level of Certification

1 Certified Nurse Manager and Leader American Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing Center Advanced
2 Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse Board Certified American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Center Advanced
3 Emergency Nurse Practitioner American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board Core
4 Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult-Gerentology) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Core
5 Vascular Access-Board Certified Vascular Access Certification Corporation Core
6 Certificate of Added Qualification in Neonatal Pediatric Transport The National Certification Corporation Specialty
7 Certified Wound Specialist American Board of Wound Management Specialty
8 Certified Corrections Nurse Manager American Correctional Association Specialty
9 Certified Transplant Preservationist Organization for Transplant Professionals Specialty
10 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ANA Enterprise Specialty
11 Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse Organization for Transplant Professionals Specialty
12 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner ANA Enterprise Specialty
13 Womens Health Care Nurse Practitioner The National Certification Corporation Specialty
14 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner The National Certification Corporation Specialty
15 Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care Pediatric Nursing Certification Board Specialty
16 Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner ANA Enterprise Specialty
17 Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Specialty
18 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board Specialty
19 Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Specialty
20 Family Nurse Practitioner American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board Specialty
21 Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care Pediatric Nursing Certification Board Specialty
22 Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner Dermatology Nurses’ Association Specialty
23 Family Nurse Practitioner ANA Enterprise Specialty
24 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP ANA Enterprise Specialty
25 Certificate of Added Qualifications: Electronic Fetal Monitoring The National Certification Corporation Specialty
26 Infection Control Certification Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Specialty
27 Certified Urologic Nurse Practitioner Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates Specialty
28 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Pediatric Forensic Nursing Certification Board Specialty
29 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Adult/Adolescent Forensic Nursing Certification Board Specialty
30 Certified Nephrology Nurse – Nurse Practitioner Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission Specialty
31 Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner – Certified Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board Specialty
32 Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist Pediatric Nursing Certification Board Specialty
33 Wound Care Certification National Alliance of Wound Care Specialty
34 Progressive Care knowledge Professional (Adult) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Specialty

 

3 Critical Care Nursing Certifications

Sr No

Certification

Certifying Organization

Type/Level of Certification

1 Certificate of Added Qualifications: Electronic Fetal Monitoring The National Certification Corporation Specialty
2 Cardiac Medicine (Adult) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Specialty
3 Critical Care Registered Nurse (Neonatal) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Specialty
4 Adult Tele-ICU Acute/Critical Care Nursing Certification American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Specialty
5 Critical Care Registered Nurse (Pediatric) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Specialty
6 Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative Certification Competency and Credentialing Institute Advanced
7 Progressive Care Nursing (Adult) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Specialty
8 Certified Wound Specialist American Board of Wound Management Specialty
9 Cardiac Surgery (Adult) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Specialty
10 Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse Organization for Transplant Professionals Specialty
11 Acute/Critical Care Knowledge Professional (Adult) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Specialty

 

4 Clinical Nurse Specialist Certifications

Sr No

Certification

Certifying Organization

Type/Level of Certification

1 Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Advanced
2 Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative Certification Competency and Credentialing Institute Advanced
3 Clinical Nurse Specialist; Wellness through Acute Care (Pediatric) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Advanced
4 Certified Nutrition Support Clinician National Board of Nutrition Support Certification, Inc. Advanced
5 Clinical Nurse Specialist; Wellness through Acute Care (Adult-Gerontology) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Advanced
6 Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (Pediatric) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Specialty
7 Certified Wound Specialist American Board of Wound Management Specialty
8 Certificate of Completion – Bronchoscopy American College of Chest Physicians Specialty
9 Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist – Certified Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board Specialty
10 Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse Clinician National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology Specialty
11 Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist Pediatric Nursing Certification Board Specialty
12 Clinical Nurse Specialist; Wellness through Acute Care (Neonatal) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Specialty

 

What is a certification and how to earn it?

A certification is an award, which indicates that the candidate (who has earned the certification) possesses relevant skills and knowledge concerning a particular domain/sector/industry. In the case nursing certifications, the skill-set or knowledge revolves around nursing, healthcare and its allied sectors.

 

Certifications are usually offered by relevant certifying organizations. In order to earn it, a candidate must undergo sufficient preparation, acquire relevant set of skills and knowledge, and pass the relevant examination/test (conducted by the certifying organization). The certifying organization may or may not provide certification preparation training.

 

Types of certifications

Based on the target audience, certifications can be broadly classified into the following types –

  • Core
  • Advanced
  • Specialty

 

Advanced certification programs are aimed at individuals who are already knowledgeable about the domain (example – Registered Nurses). They may use the advanced certification program to acquire advanced set of skills and knowledge. Similarly, specialty certifications are aimed at nurses who want to specialize in a specific branch of nursing (for example – pediatric nursing).

 

Nursing certification programs span disciplines and domains such as –

  • Critical Care Nursing: This field of nursing deals with the care of critically ill or unstable patients. Patients in critical stage require special attention and care. They are usually admitted to the ICU. Critical care nurses form an integral part of the ICU team. The main task of a critical care nurse is to care for an maintain the life support of the patient (who is critically ill or unstable).
  • Clinical Nursing: A Clinical Nursing Specialist is commonly known as CNS. A CNS is an advanced practice nurse. He/she is capable of providing expert advice related to specific conditions. Thanks to their advanced nursing education, they are adept at evidence-based nursing.
  • Pediatric Nursing: This branch of nursing deals with the care of neonates and children up to adolescence. A pediatric nurse usually works under the supervision of a qualified pediatrician. They are trained in areas such as – patient monitoring, checking vital signs, administering medicines and procedures etc.
  • Cardiovascular Nursing: This branch of nursing deals with the care of patients who suffer from diseases and conditions of the cardiovascular system. Cardiac nurses usually work under the supervision of a qualified cardiologist. They are trained in areas such as – monitoring and/or operating relevant equipment, patient observation, checking vital signs, administering procedures and medicines etc.
  • Palliative Nurse: Palliative care deals with providing medical care for people with serious illness or conditions. Palliative care is aimed at providing relief to seriously ill patients, thus improving the quality of their lives! Palliative care nurses are trained in areas such as – administering medicines and procedures, monitoring patients, following medical schedule crafted by the Doctor and more.
  • And more…

 

Popular certifying organizations

Here are some of the popular certifying organizations –

  • American Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing Center
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
  • Organization for Transplant Professionals
  • American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (Certification Board)
  • American Correctional Association
  • National Assistant at Surgery Certification
  • And more…
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