LPN Certification Exam (Two Attempts)
Since 1989, the National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care(NADONA/LTC) has been certifying Directors of Nursing and Assistant Directors of Nursing in Long Term Care facilities. Over 1800 DON's have been certified through this program.
Now LPN can certify themselves on-line for only $100 ($200 for non-members).
Please read instructions below carefully. Both steps need to be completed to be sent your username and password to take the exam.
(Step 1) Fill out the qualification form
(Step 2) Pay for the exam
When the information is completed and we have reviewed your qualifications (please allow 10-15 working business days) and you meet the qualifications to take the exam, you will be sent an email with a link to log in to take the exam. Your score will be calculated and if you have passed the exam you will be sent another email with your electronic certificate. You may print this certificate on your local desktop printer in high resolution for display.
Hold an active LPN or LVN license in the United States or its territory
Have practiced at least 2000 hours (equivalent of one full-time work year) within a long-term care setting within the past 3 years
Areas of Test Based on Roles of the LPN in LTC Settings and Approximate Test Questions Allocated to Each.
Clinical Aspects: 50%
Leadership and Management: 30%
Specialty Issues: 20%
Cost: $100 NADONA member*; *LPNs can join NADONA as an Associate Member
Certification Designation: LPN-CLTC
Re-certification is required every 5 years.
To become recertified, the nurse must:
Have been employed at least half time (1000 hours) in a long-term care setting within the last 5 years
Provide evidence of at least 50 hours of continuing education or retake the examination
What Does Certification Mean?
Achieving certification, in your specialty assures that you possess a specific core of knowledge in your profession and indicates your interest and dedication to your profession. You will be certified to use the letters LPN-CLTC along with other credentials you may have achieved.
Why Should I Become Certified Through NADONA/LTC?
Since NADONA/LTC is the specialty association for DON's and ADON's in long term care, it makes sense to become certified through that organization. In addition, the certification program, the rules and regulations and the test itself, have all been developed by DONs in long term care. Only a DON or ADON can realize the many facets of their profession and what is needed for the LPN.
If I Fail The Exam, Can I Take It Over Again?
Yes. Included in the price above are two attempts to take the NADONA LPN Certification exam. If you fail the exam you may re-take it one additional time. If you pass the exam on the first try it is not recommended retaking the exam a second time. NADONA recognizes that many individuals have great difficulty with testing, therefore NADONA/LTC encourages candidates to re-take the examination until they achieve success.
How long does it take to complete the exam?
Candidates have 3 hours to complete the exam. If you need to pause the exam you may.
Both steps need to be completed to be sent your username and password to take the exam.
Step 1 Fill out the qualification form
Step 2 Pay for the exam
Click here to complete the LPN QUALIFICATION FORM