NAPNES offers certification opportunities to LPN/LVNs providing valuable nursing service to patients, clients and residents. Preparation for this examination is incorporated in the curriculum of many LPN/LVNs nursing schools across the country and is often taught as a separate course as well.
The NAPNES Pharmacology Certificate is available to any person who meets all the following:
• holds a current LPN/LVNs license, or who meets the educational requirements to take the NCLEX licensure examination for LPN/LVNs (signature of program director required on application), AND
• receives a passing grade on the NAPNES Pharmacology Certification Examination
Optional study materials are available from NAPNES. Candidates may either take the examination upon completion of their course work or may challenge the examination based on work experience and/or prior training. Certification equivalency through alternative pharmacology examinations is not recognized by NAPNES.
Online Examination: Once a candidate’s application is approved by NAPNES, NAPNES will provide written instructions for online access at the time an individual ID number and password are issued. Candidates will have 60 days in which to use the ID number and password to take the exam.
Certification Cards: LPN/LVNs who meet the criteria and pass the exam(s) complete the process by printing the AFFIDAVIT and signing it before a Notary Public and mailing it to NAPNES within 60 days of receipt. Certification in Pharmacology is for a period of five years from the date of initial certification. NAPNES sends one re-certification notice approximately six to nine months prior to expiration of the certification card to the address on file. It is the responsibility of the LPN/LVNs to notify NAPNES of change of name or address during the certification period. Re-certification packets are sent with the notice.