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

1Advanced Certified Hyperbaric Registered NurseNational Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical TechnologyAdvanced
2Holistic Nurse Board CertifiedAmerican Holistic Nurses Credentialing CenterAdvanced
3Certified in Executive Nursing PracticeAmerican Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing CenterAdvanced
4Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse – Advance PracticeWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardAdvanced
5Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse PractitionerOncology Nursing Certification CorporationAdvanced
6Certified Wound Care Nurse – Advance PracticeWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardAdvanced
7Certified Aesthetic Nurse SpecialistPlastic Surgical Nurses Certification BoardAdvanced
8Health and Wellness Nurse Coach Board CertifiedAmerican Holistic Nurses Credentialing CenterAdvanced
9Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse – Advanced PracticeWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardAdvanced
10Certified Continence Care Nurse – Advanced PracticeWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardAdvanced
11Blood & Marrow Transplant Certified NurseOncology Nursing Certification CorporationAdvanced
12Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse SpecialistOncology Nursing Certification CorporationAdvanced
13Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative NurseHospice and Palliative Nurses AssociationAdvanced
14Clinical Nurse LeaderAmerican Association of Colleges of NursingAdvanced
15Certified Nurse Manager and LeaderAmerican Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing CenterAdvanced
16Advanced Holistic Nurse Board CertifiedAmerican Holistic Nurses Credentialing CenterAdvanced
17Certified Correctional Health Professional – Registered NurseNational Commission on Correctional Health CareAdvanced
18Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative CertificationCompetency and Credentialing InstituteAdvanced
19Certified Addictions Registered Nurse – Advanced PracticeInternational Nurses Society on AddictionsAdvanced
20Advanced AIDS Certified Registered NurseHIV/AIDS Nursing Certification BoardAdvanced
21Certified Transcultural Nursing – AdvancedTranscultural Nursing Certification CommissionAdvanced
22Nurse Coach Board CertifiedAmerican Holistic Nurses Credentialing CenterAdvanced
23Holistic Nurse Baccalaureate Board CertifiedAmerican Holistic Nurses Credentialing CenterAdvanced
24Stroke Certified Registered NurseAmerican Association of Neuroscience Nurses – American Board of Neuroscience NursingAdvanced
25Certified Wound Ostomy NurseWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardAdvanced
26Certified Ostomy Care Nurse – Advanced PracticeWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardAdvanced
27Certified Correctional Health ProfessionalNational Commission on Correctional Health CareCore
28Assistant at Surgery – CertifiedNational Assistant at Surgery CertificationCore
29Certified Registered Nurse First AssistantNational Assistant at Surgery CertificationCore
30Lamaze Certified Childbirth EducatorLamaze InternationalCore
31Registered Nurse Assistant at Surgery – CertifiedNational Assistant at Surgery CertificationCore
32Vascular Access-Board CertifiedVascular Access Certification CorporationCore
33Certificate of Added Qualification in Neonatal Pediatric TransportThe National Certification CorporationSpecialty
34Certified Occupational Health Nurse – SpecialistAmerican Board for Occupational Health NursesSpecialty
35CNOR CertificationCompetency and Credentialing InstituteSpecialty
36Pain Management NursingANA EnterpriseSpecialty
37Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology NurseOncology Nursing Certification CorporationSpecialty
38Certified Director of Nursing in Long Term CareNational Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term CareSpecialty
39Geriatric Diabetic Certified NurseNational Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term CareSpecialty
40Certified Plastic Surgical NursePlastic Surgical Nurses Certification BoardSpecialty
41Progressive Care Nursing (Adult)American Association of Critical-Care NursesSpecialty
42Certified Neuroscience Registered NurseAmerican Association of Neuroscience Nurses – American Board of Neuroscience NursingSpecialty
43Certified Emergency NurseBoard of Certification for Emergency NursingSpecialty
44Certified Developmental Disabilities NurseDevelopmental Disabilities Nurses AssociationSpecialty
45Certified Wound SpecialistAmerican Board of Wound ManagementSpecialty
46Certified Bariatric NurseAmerican Society for Metabolic and Bariatric SurgerySpecialty
47Ambulatory Care NursingANA EnterpriseSpecialty
48Certified Nephrology NurseNephrology Nursing Certification CommissionSpecialty
49Certified Gastroenterology Registered NurseAmerican Board of Certification for Gastroenterology NursesSpecialty
50Legal Nurse Consultant CertifiedAmerican Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (Certification Board)Specialty
51Certified Corrections Nurse ManagerAmerican Correctional AssociationSpecialty
52Certified Transplant PreservationistOrganization for Transplant ProfessionalsSpecialty
53Cardiac-Vascular NursingANA EnterpriseSpecialty
54Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia NurseAmerican Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc.Specialty
55Certified Medical-Surgical Registered NurseMedical-Surgical Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
56Pediatric NursingANA EnterpriseSpecialty
57Certified Hyperbaric Registered NurseNational Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical TechnologySpecialty
58Certified Clinical Transplant NurseOrganization for Transplant ProfessionalsSpecialty
59Certified in Perinatal Loss CareHospice and Palliative Nurses AssociationSpecialty
60Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse – Advanced PracticeWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
61Certified in Care Coordination and Transition ManagementMedical-Surgical Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
62Certified Ostomy Care Nurse – Advanced PracticeWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
63APRN Gerontological Specialist – CertifiedGerontological Advanced Practice Nursing AssociationSpecialty
64Trauma Certified Registered NurseBoard of Certification for Emergency NursingSpecialty
65Certified Peritoneal Dialysis NurseBoard of Nephrology Examiners Technology NursingSpecialty
66Stroke Certified Registered NurseAmerican Association of Neuroscience Nurses – American Board of Neuroscience NursingSpecialty
67Neonatal Intensive Care NursingThe National Certification CorporationSpecialty
68International Board Certified Lactation ConsultantInternational Board of Lactation Consultant ExaminersSpecialty
69Certified Hospice and Palliative NurseHospice and Palliative Nurses AssociationSpecialty
70Inpatient Obstetric NursingThe National Certification CorporationSpecialty
71Low Risk Neonatal NursingThe National Certification CorporationSpecialty
72Oncology Certified NurseOncology Nursing Certification CorporationSpecialty
73Certified Wound Care NurseWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
74Certified Addiction SpecialistAmerican Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive DisordersSpecialty
75Certified Occupational Health Nurse – Case ManagementAmerican Board for Occupational Health NursesSpecialty
76Certified Continence Care NurseWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
77Certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence NurseWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
78Certified Addictions Registered NurseInternational Nurses Society on AddictionsSpecialty
79Post Rehab Conditioning SpecialistAmerican Academy of Health, Fitness, & Rehabilitation ProfessionalsSpecialty
80Orthopaedic Nurse – CertifiedOrthopaedic Nurses Certification BoardSpecialty
81Certified Corrections NurseAmerican Correctional AssociationSpecialty
82Orthopaedic Nurse CertifiedNational Association of Orthopaedic NursesSpecialty
83Certified Ostomy Care NurseWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
84Certified Transport Registered NurseBoard of Certification for Emergency NursingSpecialty
85Nationally Certified School NurseNational Board for Certification of School NursesSpecialty
86Certified Clinical Transplant NurseAmerican Board for Transplant CertificationSpecialty
87Medical-Surgical NursingANA EnterpriseSpecialty
88Multiple Sclerosis Certified SpecialistThe Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis CentersSpecialty
89Certified Pediatric Emergency NurseBoard of Certification for Emergency NursingSpecialty
90Certified Foot Care NurseWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
91Nursing Case ManagementANA EnterpriseSpecialty
92Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric NurseHospice and Palliative Nurses AssociationSpecialty
93Family Nurse PractitionerANA EnterpriseSpecialty
94Nursing Professional DevelopmentANA EnterpriseSpecialty
95Nurse Executive AdvancedANA EnterpriseSpecialty
96Dermatology Nurse CertifiedDermatology Nurses’ AssociationSpecialty
97Certified Nurse Life Care PlannerAmerican Association of Nurse Life Care PlannersSpecialty
98Assisted Living Nurse CertificationAmerican Assisted Living Nurses AssociationSpecialty
99Certified Wound Care Nurse – Advance PracticeWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
100Certified Aesthetic Nurse SpecialistPlastic Surgical Nurses Certification BoardSpecialty
101Certified Continence Care Nurse – Advanced PracticeWound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
102Certified Flight Registered NurseBoard of Certification for Emergency NursingSpecialty
103Certificate of Added Qualifications: Electronic Fetal MonitoringThe National Certification CorporationSpecialty
104Maternal Newborn NursingThe National Certification CorporationSpecialty
105Certified Pediatric NursePediatric Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
106Certified Occupational Health NurseAmerican Board for Occupational Health NursesSpecialty
107Infection Control CertificationCertification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.Specialty
108Certified Urologic Nurse PractitionerCertification Board for Urologic Nurses and AssociatesSpecialty
109Certified Nurse in Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck NursingSociety of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck NursesSpecialty
110Certified Urologic Registered NurseCertification Board for Urologic Nurses and AssociatesSpecialty
111Certified Rehabilitation Registered NurseAssociation of Rehabilitation NursesSpecialty
112HIV/AIDS Certified Registered NurseHIV/AIDS Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
113Certified Hospice and Palliative Care AdministratorHospice and Palliative Nurses AssociationSpecialty
114Gerontological NursingANA EnterpriseSpecialty
115Certified Ophthalmic Registered NurseNational Certifying Board for Ophthalmic Registered NursesSpecialty
116Certified Managed Care NurseAmerican Board of Managed Care NursingSpecialty
117Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – PediatricForensic Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
118Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Adult/AdolescentForensic Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
119Accredited Case ManagerAmerican Case Management AssociationSpecialty
120Certified Dialysis NurseNephrology Nursing Certification CommissionSpecialty
121Certification for Foreign NursesCommission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing SchoolsSpecialty
122Certified Nephrology Nurse – Nurse PractitionerNephrology Nursing Certification CommissionSpecialty
123Certified Registered Nurse InfusionInfusion Nurses Certification CorporationSpecialty
124Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner – CertifiedOrthopaedic Nurses Certification BoardSpecialty
125Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist – CertifiedOrthopaedic Nurses Certification BoardSpecialty
126Certified Breast Care NurseOncology Nursing Certification CorporationSpecialty
127Nurse ExecutiveANA EnterpriseSpecialty
128Certified Post Anesthesia NurseAmerican Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc.Specialty
129Certified Radiology NurseRadiologic Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
130Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse ClinicianNational Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical TechnologySpecialty
131Wound Care CertificationNational Alliance of Wound CareSpecialty
132Critical Care Registered Nurse (Neonatal)American Association of Critical-Care NursesSpecialty
133National Healthcare Disaster CertificationANA EnterpriseSpecialty
134Weight Management Specialty CertificationAmerican Council on ExerciseSpecialty
135Diabetic Wound Care CertificationNational Alliance of Wound CareSpecialty
136Certified Assisted Living NursingNational Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term CareSpecialty
137Certified Hemodialysis NurseBoard of Nephrology Examiners Technology NursingSpecialty

 

2 Nurse Practitioner Certifications

Sr No

Certification

Certifying Organization

Type/Level of Certification

1Certified Nurse Manager and LeaderAmerican Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing CenterAdvanced
2Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse Board CertifiedAmerican Holistic Nurses Credentialing CenterAdvanced
3Emergency Nurse PractitionerAmerican Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification BoardCore
4Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult-Gerentology)American Association of Critical-Care NursesCore
5Vascular Access-Board CertifiedVascular Access Certification CorporationCore
6Certificate of Added Qualification in Neonatal Pediatric TransportThe National Certification CorporationSpecialty
7Certified Wound SpecialistAmerican Board of Wound ManagementSpecialty
8Certified Corrections Nurse ManagerAmerican Correctional AssociationSpecialty
9Certified Transplant PreservationistOrganization for Transplant ProfessionalsSpecialty
10Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse PractitionerANA EnterpriseSpecialty
11Certified Clinical Transplant NurseOrganization for Transplant ProfessionalsSpecialty
12Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse PractitionerANA EnterpriseSpecialty
13Womens Health Care Nurse PractitionerThe National Certification CorporationSpecialty
14Neonatal Nurse PractitionerThe National Certification CorporationSpecialty
15Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary CarePediatric Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
16Pediatric Primary Care Nurse PractitionerANA EnterpriseSpecialty
17Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed NurseHospice and Palliative Nurses AssociationSpecialty
18Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse PractitionerAmerican Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification BoardSpecialty
19Multiple Sclerosis Certified SpecialistThe Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis CentersSpecialty
20Family Nurse PractitionerAmerican Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification BoardSpecialty
21Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute CarePediatric Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
22Dermatology Certified Nurse PractitionerDermatology Nurses’ AssociationSpecialty
23Family Nurse PractitionerANA EnterpriseSpecialty
24Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NPANA EnterpriseSpecialty
25Certificate of Added Qualifications: Electronic Fetal MonitoringThe National Certification CorporationSpecialty
26Infection Control CertificationCertification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.Specialty
27Certified Urologic Nurse PractitionerCertification Board for Urologic Nurses and AssociatesSpecialty
28Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – PediatricForensic Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
29Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Adult/AdolescentForensic Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
30Certified Nephrology Nurse – Nurse PractitionerNephrology Nursing Certification CommissionSpecialty
31Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner – CertifiedOrthopaedic Nurses Certification BoardSpecialty
32Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health SpecialistPediatric Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
33Wound Care CertificationNational Alliance of Wound CareSpecialty
34Progressive Care knowledge Professional (Adult)American Association of Critical-Care NursesSpecialty

 

3 Critical Care Nursing Certifications

Sr No

Certification

Certifying Organization

Type/Level of Certification

1Certificate of Added Qualifications: Electronic Fetal MonitoringThe National Certification CorporationSpecialty
2Cardiac Medicine (Adult)American Association of Critical-Care NursesSpecialty
3Critical Care Registered Nurse (Neonatal)American Association of Critical-Care NursesSpecialty
4Adult Tele-ICU Acute/Critical Care Nursing CertificationAmerican Association of Critical-Care NursesSpecialty
5Critical Care Registered Nurse (Pediatric)American Association of Critical-Care NursesSpecialty
6Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative CertificationCompetency and Credentialing InstituteAdvanced
7Progressive Care Nursing (Adult)American Association of Critical-Care NursesSpecialty
8Certified Wound SpecialistAmerican Board of Wound ManagementSpecialty
9Cardiac Surgery (Adult)American Association of Critical-Care NursesSpecialty
10Certified Clinical Transplant NurseOrganization for Transplant ProfessionalsSpecialty
11Acute/Critical Care Knowledge Professional (Adult)American Association of Critical-Care NursesSpecialty

 

4 Clinical Nurse Specialist Certifications

Sr No

Certification

Certifying Organization

Type/Level of Certification

1Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse SpecialistOncology Nursing Certification CorporationAdvanced
2Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative CertificationCompetency and Credentialing InstituteAdvanced
3Clinical Nurse Specialist; Wellness through Acute Care (Pediatric)American Association of Critical-Care NursesAdvanced
4Certified Nutrition Support ClinicianNational Board of Nutrition Support Certification, Inc.Advanced
5Clinical Nurse Specialist; Wellness through Acute Care (Adult-Gerontology)American Association of Critical-Care NursesAdvanced
6Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (Pediatric)American Association of Critical-Care NursesSpecialty
7Certified Wound SpecialistAmerican Board of Wound ManagementSpecialty
8Certificate of Completion – BronchoscopyAmerican College of Chest PhysiciansSpecialty
9Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist – CertifiedOrthopaedic Nurses Certification BoardSpecialty
10Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse ClinicianNational Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical TechnologySpecialty
11Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health SpecialistPediatric Nursing Certification BoardSpecialty
12Clinical Nurse Specialist; Wellness through Acute Care (Neonatal)American Association of Critical-Care NursesSpecialty

 

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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