LPN/LVN Certification Program (DDC) provides the only specialty certification for licensed practical/vocational nurses in the field of developmental disabilities.
Certified nurses benefit the profession of nursing, the specialty of developmental disabilities, and those people we serve. DDNA worked closely with Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) to formulate this specialty certification examination. HESI, a nationally recognized company known for its expertise in developing tests for nursing schools and regulatory agencies,
LPN/LVN who is certified in I/DD nursing has experience in working with persons with I/DD,demonstrates a high degree of expertise in the field of I/DD nursing, and maintains that level of expertise by completing ongoing continuing education specific to the field of I/DD nursing.
Being certified expands your career options in the field of developmental disabilities and may increase your opportunities for professional advancement and increased pay. The requirements to take the examination include documentation of 4,000 hours of active
developmental disabilities nursing practice in the past five years and successful completion of the application process. Candidates who pass the examination will earn the appellation LPN, DDC or LVN, DDC (Developmental Disabilities Certified).