According to the National League for Nursing, the test-administering organization, certification of nursing faculty does the following:
- Distinguishes academic nursing education as a specialty area of practice and an advanced practice role within professional nursing
- Recognizes the academic nurse educator’s specialized knowledge, skills and abilities
- Strengthens the use of core competencies of nurse educator practice
- Contributes to a nurse educator’s professional development
Nursing faculty must have years of teaching experience along with advanced degrees which focus on nursing and education to be eligible for the test. Test-takers must prove knowledge and skills in areas of facilitating learning; facilitating learner development; assessment and evaluation strategies; the academic nurse educator role; curriculum design and program outcomes; and scholarship, service, and leadership.