AADNS Certification

A certification from AADNS, a leader in long-term care, will establish you as an experienced and knowledgeable healthcare professional. Certification validates your competency and shows that you are highly skilled, committed to your career, and up-to-date in this competitive market. An AADNS certification shows your peers and employer that you are dedicated to a high standard of professional excellence.

AADNS offers two professional certifications that will validate your commitment to your career and to maintaining top-notch resident care. 

Director of Nursing Services–Certified (DNS-CT)

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 for recertification requirements.

DNS-CT Prep Courses

If you need additional education to prepare for the exam, consider taking one or more of the DNS-CT prep courses.

  • Leadership & Management for the Nurse Leader
  • Risk Management for the Nurse Leader
  • Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement for the Nurse Leader
  • Human Resource Management for the Nurse Leader
  • Survey Readiness 24/7/365 for the Nurse Leader
  • Survey Management and Enforcement for the Nurse Leader
  • Quality Indicator Survey Essentials for the Nurse Leader
  • Essential Business Skills for the Nurse Leader
  • MDS and Medicare Process Essentials for the Nurse Leader
  • Care Management and Surveillance Systems for the Nurse Leader

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QAPI Certified Professional (QCP)

As a QAPI Certified Professional (QCP), you have proof that you have the knowledge and experience to lead and guide your team in complying with the new proposed regulations. This credential demonstrates that you know how to prepare for and implement QAPI-mandated regulations in your facility. The QCP certification is designed for directors of nursing services, QAPI managers, nursing home administrators, nurse managers, social services directors, activities directors, and staff development directors.

QCP Certification Requirements

To earn the QCP certification, candidates must:

  • Hold a current, active healthcare professional license
  • Have the equivalent of two years of full-time healthcare experience, preferably in long-term or post-acute care leadership or quality improvement
  • Pass the QCP certification exam with a score of 80% or better

The QCP certification is valid for four years. See the Candidate Handbook for recertification requirements.

QCP Prep Courses

If you need supplemental education prior to taking the exam, consider taking one or more of the QCP prep courses.

  • QAPI Design and Scope for Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • QAPI Governance and Leadership for Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • QAPI Feedback, Data Systems, and Monitoring for Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • QAPI Performance Improvement Projects for Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • QAPI Systematic Analysis and Systemic Action for Skilled Nursing Facilities