Step 4 of 6 - Register for the exam


How to register for the exam

You must be approved to take the exam. Once your application is approved, DDNA will send you an approval packet that contains the notice of your approval and the exam registration forms for both the group and local exam options. Follow the detailed instructions within the approval packet. You will choose either the group or local exam options, complete the exam registration form for that option, and mail the form and corresponding exam fees (see certification fees page) to DDNA.


Group exam option

Group exams are held once per year at DDNA's Annual Education Conference. Seating at the conference exam is limited, available in the order approved. If there is sufficient interest from a group of nurses at one location, DDNA may choose to offer a group exam at another designated time and location. To take the group exam, you must follow these steps:

  1. Apply for certification
    Detailed instructions regarding certification application submissions are on the apply for certification page. Your application must be approved before you will be allowed to register for the exam.
  2. Submit group exam form and fees
    After you have been approved, complete the group exam registration form and mail it with the correct exam fees (see certification fees page) to: DDNA, PO Box 536489, Orlando, FL 32853-6489. It must be postmarked 30 days before the conference (or other designated group exam). Once you have paid the group exam fee, there are no additional sitting fees. The exam fee does not include attendance at the conference.
  3. Await confirmation
    Upon receipt of your registration form and payment, DDNA will send you a written confirmation of your registration and information about taking the test at the conference (or other designated group exam site). If you do not receive this confirmation within two weeks prior to the exam date, it is your responsibility to contact DDNA to confirm your admission to the exam.
  4. Study for the exam
    See studying for the exam for study guidelines, recommended materials, and related courses.
  5. Arrive prepared
    On the day of the exam, you must bring the written confirmation of registration letter, your current nursing license (not a photocopy), and photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport. Additional instructions are on the taking the exam page.

Local exam option

Local exams are available, by appointment, throughout the year at select Prometric testing centers. To take a local exam, you must follow these steps:

  1. Apply for certification
    Detailed instructions regarding certification application submissions are on the apply for certification page. Your application must be approved before you will be allowed to register for the exam.
  2. Submit local exam form and fees
    After you have been approved, complete the local exam registration form and mail it with the correct exam fees (see certification fees page) to: DDNA, PO Box 536489, Orlando, FL 32853-6489.
  3. Await confirmation from DDNA
    Upon receipt of your registration form and payment, DDNA will send you written confirmation of your registration and inform Elsevier (the company that distributes the exam) that you are eligible to take the exam.
  4. Await confirmation from Elsevier
    You will receive an email from Elsevier that provides you with your test code and directions for how to schedule your exam. IMPORTANT: Do NOT call any Prometrics Testing Center to schedule an appointment to take the test until after you receive this email from Elsevier.
  5. Schedule an appointment
    You must have a letter of approval from DDNA and a confirmation from Elsevier before you can schedule a testing time at a local Prometrics Testing Center. When you receive both confirmations, you may schedule your exam appointment time. To schedule an appointment, email a message that contains your first name, middle initial, last name, address, city, state, zip, phone number, and email address to exameligibility@elsevier.com. You will receive a confirmation notice from Elsevier indicating that you may schedule your exam. The notice contains detailed instructions for using the Prometric Scheduling System. Scheduling must be completed using the Prometric Scheduling System, and cannot be handled directly by any of the local testing centers. Do not contact any local testing center until you receive the confirmation notice and instructions from Elsevier.
  6. Pay sitting fees
    Prometric charges a sitting fee of $175, payable by credit card only, to take the exam at their testing centers. Please note: This is not the application or the registration fee charge by DDNA. It is a separate fee charged by Prometric that covers administration of the exam at your individually scheduled appointment time.
  7. Follow Prometric's instructions
    Carefully follow all directions provided to you by Prometric regarding your exam administration procedures. If you opt to take the exam at Prometric, you assume all responsibility for meeting their policies and requirements. DDNA cannot refund any monies paid by you to Prometric for your exam administration, and additional fees may be applied by Prometric if you re-schedule your testing appointment times.

Local test sites

Do not call the Prometric test site to register for the exam.

You will be contacted by the testing company after you have received a letter of approval from DDNA.

There are 400 Prometric testing centers available in the U.S. and Canada. Check here for a testing center near you. To take the test locally, you must follow the steps outlined in the local exam option section (above) to register for the exam.


Period of eligibility

Once your application is approved, your eligibility to sit for the exam is valid for a period of two years. After the end of the two-year period, if you wish to take the exam, you must submit a new application packet (including the application fee).

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