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CACP Exam Dates
The CACP exam is offered approximately 2-3 times per month. You do NOT need to select an exam date or exam site before applying. If your application is approved, your approval notification email will contain instructions for scheduling your CACP exam. You must take the exam at an approved exam site at an approved date/time within 6 months of your approval notification. Please review the Candidate Handbook for additional details.
Approved Testing Centers
The CACP exam must be taken at an approved testing center. The majority of the approved testing centers belong to the National College Testing Association. If you are approved to sit for the CACP exam, your approval notifcation email will contain instructions for locating an approved testing center and making an appointment to take your CACP exam.
About the CACP Exam
For complete details about the CACP credentialling process, please download the CACP Candidate Handbook. Some key details about the process are described below.
The Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider Exam covers the 5 domains shown below, weighted according to domain content.
Objectives of Certification
The National Certification Board for Anticoagulation Providers (NCBAP) endorses voluntary certification of anticoagulation providers who meet education and patient-care requirements. The purpose of the certification process is to meet a societal need to protect public health and well being by:
This certification process is designed and intended for practitioners whose primary role as an anticoagulation provider includes systematic, organized, and on-going patient education and therapeutic management in the inpatient and/or outpatient setting.
Definition of Anticoagulation Provider Responsibilities
A Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider (CACP) is a health care professional who:
This set of knowledge and skills are routinely drawn upon in the course of education and managing patients receiving antithrombotic therapies. Specific competencies demonstrated by a Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider include:
To be eligible to take the certification examination, applicants must meet and provide documentation of professional qualification and professional experience as outlined below.
Professional Qualification: To be eligible, the candidate must hold his/her professional license for a minimum of 2 years prior to the application deadline and must provide a copy of a current United States (or territories) license, registration, or certification as a:
Registered Nurse (RN), Advance Practice Nurse (NP), registered or licensed pharmacist (BS pharmacy or Pharm.D.), licensed physician (MD), or physician assistant (PA)
The list above is exhaustive. An applicant MUST hold at least one of the professional licenses listed above to be eligible to sit for the CACP exam.
Professional Experience: The applicant must provide documentation of a minimum of 750 hours of active anticoagulation patient management in the 18 months immediately preceding the application deadline. Such documentation will be provided as follows:
Some examples of experiences, which will NOT be counted toward the professional experience requirement include:
Certification Status and Use of Certification Mark
Only the National Certification Board confers the Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider (CACP) credential for Anticoagulation Providers.
Certification is a process granting recognition to an individual who has satisfactorily met all eligibility requirements and has passed the examination. After notification of passing the CACP Examination, an individual may use the mark "CACP" following his/her name as long as he/she maintains a current CACP credential.
The National Certification Board for Anticoagulation Providers requires all CACPs to recertify by examination every five (5) years. At least 10 weeks prior to his/her credential expiration date and the desired exam date, an applicant for recertification should submit a new application packet according to the current application procedures as described on the NCBAP website. The applicant should note available recertification dates and ensure that he/she applies in time to sit for an examination scheduled on or before the date on which his/her credential expires.
Applicants for recertification are required to meet the same professional qualification and experience eligibility requirements imposed on first-time applicants. See the section entitled "Eligibility Requirements" for additional details.
Preparation for the Examination
The exam content is based primarily on national recommendations and guidelines from nationally-recognized authorities in antithrombotic therapy. Refer to the "Examination Content and Format" section of the CACP Candidate Handbook for a complete breakdown of domains covered on the CACP exam and see Appendix for additional details and references.
The NCBAP does not endorse, financially benefit from, nor participate in the development of any preparatory or review courses or other published materials purporting to be study guides for the CACP Examination.
For additional details and complete application instructions, please download the CACP Candidate Handbook.
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