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The National Board for Certification of School Nurses, Inc. (NBCSN) is an independently incorporated organization established for the purpose of developing and implementing the voluntary certification process of school nurses. The NBCSN is an independent organization; however, NBCSN works in collaboration with the National Association of School Nurses, and communication between the two organizations is a priority.

NBCSN is a regular member of the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) and the Nationally Certified School Nurses (NCSN®) certification program was granted accreditation by the Accreditation Board of Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) in May 2008. ABSNC was created, in part, to create uniformity in nursing certification and to increase public awareness of the value of quality certification to healthcare. It is the standard-setting body for specialty nursing certification programs and offers a very stringent and comprehensive accreditation process. NBCSN provided extensive documentation demonstrating that it has met the 18 ABSNC standards of quality. Nursing specialty organizations frequently use the analogy that ABSNC is to nursing certification as JCAHO is to hospitals. What does ABSNC accreditation mean for those interested in becoming NCSN® certified or for those already certified? It means that a nationally recognized accrediting body has determined that the NCSN® credential is based on a valid and reliable testing process and that the structures in place to administer the examinations meet and even exceed the standards of the certification industry from a legal, regulatory and association management perspective. For further information about ABNS/ABSNC and the accreditation process and standards, visit their website at


Click here to learn about the origination of the NBCSN and view a list of Past Presidents.


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Organizational Chart

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Policies & Procedures

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Certification Updates

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