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Post-Acute Care Certified Nurse Executive (PAC-NE) Certification

A Nurse Executive is a member of the executive team who provides leadership to the nursing staff at a healthcare organization. Most nurse executives are responsible for creating clinical budgets and developing strategic plans that provide clinical direction to their team. Titles used by nurse executives include:

  • Chief nursing officer
  • Chief clinical officer
  • Vice president of clinical operations
  • Regional director of clinical operations/divisional director of nursing
  • Titles may vary based on the organization

Eligibility for the PAC-NE Certification

  • An active and unencumbered RN license within a state or territory of the United States.
  • A nursing degree (BSN or higher) plus at least one year of experience in a leadership position in a
    post-acute care setting OR
  • RN with an associate’s degree in nursing currently in a nurse executive role such as: chief nursing officer or chief clinical officer, vice president of clinical operations, regional director of clinical operations/divisional director of nursing, quality assurance performance improvement (QAPI) nurse, or any nurse in an executive role.

About the PAC-NE Certification Examination

The post-acute care certified nurse executive examination is the required examination to become certified as a Post-Acute Care Nurse Executive (PAC-NE). The examination assesses clinical and technical competency. You will have three hours to complete the proctored examination.

  1. The proctored examination is available to be taken any time (24/7) after registration and acceptance of the application for the examination.
  2. The examination uses multiple-choice questions randomly selected from a test bank. Candidates are required to achieve a passing grade of 80% or higher to be certified as a Post-Acute Care Nurse Executive (PAC-NE).
  3. InsPAC offers preparatory courses for all the PAC certifications for a fee, however, the InsPAC courses are not mandatory for taking the certification exam. Test takers are free to prepare for the exam with any other educational provider.
  4. CEUs are not offered for the examination.
  5. Price: $399.00

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