The Adult Nurse Practitioner Exam is a comprehensive and challenging examination for men and women who want to enter this rewarding field of health care. The exam is administered by computer in testing centers around the country. A nurse is eligible to take the test if he or she holds a valid, active RN license or has completed a post-graduate adult nurse practitioner program with advanced coursework in health assessment, pharmacology, and pathophysiology.
The Adult Nurse Practitioner exam includes questions (multiple-choice, four possible answers) from five domains of practice:
- The professional role domain (21 questions, 14 percent) encompasses the scope and standards of practice, safe practice, and healthcare ethics.
- The section on healthcare policy and delivery addresses regulatory guidelines, legal issues, and documentation (16 questions, 10.67 percent).
- The health assessment domain of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Exam (34 questions, 22.67 percent) covers clinical assessment and advanced diagnostic reasoning.
- And the fifth section, clinical management domain (45 questions, 30 percent), addresses evidence-based practice; advanced clinical decision-making and the formulation of a plan of care; the coordination of care; and health promotion, health maintenance, and disease prevention.