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Professional Certification in Acute Neurovascular Care
Certification programs enable recognition of clinician attainment of knowledge and skills that promote excellence in patients care and safety. ANVC’s magnet recognized certification programs provide basic nursing and advanced practice clinicians with the opportunity to showcase their expertise in acute neurovascular practice. All certification examinations and resources are published in English only. Certification examination fees are offered at a discounted price to ANVC members. (Need to join? Get a membership here.)

Neurovascular Registered Nurse
(NVRN-BC)

The NVRN-BC board certification examination is the only certification for registered nurses that focuses exclusively on acute neurovascular care. 

Attainment of NVRN certification demonstrates nursing expertise in the provision of acute neurovascular care to highly vulnerable, hospitalized acute stroke patients.

Exams can be taken at one of hundreds of computerized testing stations at any time by scheduling an exam, or at specific testing events set up throughout the year. 

There are also NVRN review courses set up at various locations every year. Check the store or calendar to see if there are any near you.

Find out what's going to be on the NVRN exam here.

Cost: $250 USD for members; $350 USD for non-members

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Licensed as a registered nurse in country of origin
  • Evidence of provision of a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical care to acute stroke patients in the immediate 12 months preceding application; Clinical care hours may include provision of any of the following:
    • consultation
    • direct clinical care
    • participation in research or quality improvement projects
    • administration
    • stroke center coordination, or provision of nursing staff or patient education
If you do not have 1000 hours, but believe you have accumulated enough expertise to be successful on the examination, you may obtain your supervisor's signature indicating that he/she agrees that you have the requisite knowledge to sit for the certification examination.
Become a NVRN ›NVRN-BC Nurse

Need to Re-Certify your NVRN-BC?

The NVRN-BC board certification needs to be renewed every three years. The process simply involves filling out and submitting this re-certification form to make sure that you have been professionally active in the field. Be sure to review the current guidelines in detail. After paying the re-certification fee and a successful review of your re-certification, you will be recertified for another three years.
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Advanced Neurovascular Practitioner 
(ANVP-BC)

The ANVP-BC board certification examination is the premier certification in acute neurovascular clinical practice for non-physician, advanced practice clinicians. 

Exam eligibility is supported with strict eligibility criteria, ensuring certification of clinicians capable of combining theoretical knowledge with expert clinical practice skills.

ANVP testing is available only at periodic events and locations. Check the store or calendar for times and places or contact us.

Find out what's going to be on the ANVP exam here.

Cost: $350 USD for members; $450 USD for non-members.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Evidence of completion of a post-graduate (post-Master’s degree) acute neurovascular fellowship program
  • Completion of a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours of advanced training and education in the area of acute neurovascular disease
Become an ANVP ›

Need to Re-Certify your ANVP-BC?

The ANVP-BC board certification needs to be renewed every three years. The process simply involves filling out and submitting this re-certification form to make sure that you have been professionally active in the field. Be sure to review the current guidelines in detail. After paying the re-certification fee and a successful review of your re-certification, you will be recertified for another three years.
Re-Certify as an ANVP ›
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