With the DNS-CT credential behind your name, you show that you have the management skills and knowledge needed to master the challenges of being a DNS. Your credential indicates that you are a leader and that you know how to improve quality, communications, and resident care throughout the facility. The DNS-CT credential is perfect for directors of nursing services, nursing home administrators, vice presidents of clinical services, and other long-term care professionals with management responsibilities.
DNS-CT Certification Requirements
To earn the DNS-CT certification, candidates must:
- Hold a current RN license
- Have the equivalent of two years of full-time long-term or post-acute care experience, with a minimum of one year of experience either as a DNS or relevant nursing leadership experience
- Pass the DNS-CT certification exam with a score of 80% or better
The DNS-CT certification is valid for four years. See the Candidate Handbook below for recertification requirements.
DNS-CT Prep Courses and Workshops
AADNS offers 10 courses that will help you prepare for the DNS-CT certification exam. They can be taken as a bundled package or purchased individually. These courses will help you prepare for the exam and provide you with a greater understanding of long-term care with proven strategies. You will learn how to:
- Excel during surveys using tested best practices
- Apply a team approach to quality improvement that honors resident preferences and leverages staff skills
- Protect your residents with risk management plans that adhere to current compliance standards
- Prevent burnout and minimize facility turnover by promoting communication and participation
- Comply with human resource regulations, laws, and challenges, no matter the situation
- Complement your nursing expertise with strong management skills