November 6, 2023

Updated nursing informatics credential announced

Editor's Note

The Nursing Informatics credential is getting an update, from “RN-BC” to “NI-BC,” the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) reported on November 3. The ANCC manages the Informatics Nursing board certification examination, which provides an assessment of RNs' clinical knowledge and skills in informatics after their initial RN licensure. 

After passing the exam, nurses are awarded the newly retitled credential, Registered Nurse-Board Certified (NI-BC), which is valid for 5 years and can be used by maintaining the license to practice and meeting renewal requirements.  Nurses can apply for this computer-based test year round and test during a 120-day window at a time and location that is most convenient. Applicants are allotted 3 hours to answer 150 questions (125 scored plus 25 pretest questions that are not scored). 

Details, including pricing, eligibility, and study aids, can be found here: 


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