Post-Acute Care Certified Nurse Leader (PAC-NL) Certification Examination

A Nurse Leader is a nurse who is a member of the interdisciplinary team at a skilled nursing facility, long-term acute care hospital, continuing care retirement community, home health care and hospice, or any healthcare setting in the post-acute care environment. The nurse leader (charge nurse, floor nurse, unit manager, nursing supervisor, etc.) is responsible and accountable for the nursing care provided to residents/patients. The nurse leader usually reports to the Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing, or Nursing Supervisor. Roles may vary from one organization to another.

Eligibility for the PAC-NL Examination

  • An active and unencumbered RN license within a state or territory of the United States.
  • A nursing degree (ASN/ADN or higher) plus at least one year of experience as a charge nurse, floor nurse, supervisor, unit manager in a post-acute care setting OR
  • RN with an associate degree in nursing currently working as an infection preventionist, staff educator, MDS coordinator, nursing supervisor, or higher are eligible to take this examination.

About the PAC-NL Certification Examination

The post-acute care certified nurse leader examination is the required examination to become certified as a Post-Acute Care Nurse Leader (PAC-NL). 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 exam.
  2. The examination includes multiple-choice questions randomly selected from a test bank. You are required to achieve a passing grade of 80% or higher to be certified as a Post-Acute Care Certified Nurse Leader.
  3. InsPAC offers preparatory courses for all the PAC certifications for a fee, but the InsPAC courses are not mandatory or a requisite 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.

If you have a disability requiring additional accommodations, please contact us at staff@theinspac.com prior to registering for the examination.

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