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 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