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AANP Family Nurse Practitioner Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular
  • Endocrine
  • Respiratory
  • Health Promotion and Maintenance
  • Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Genitourinary/Reproductive
  • Neurological and Psychiatric
  • Hematopoietic
  • Immune
  • Integumentary
  • Infections
  • Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Advanced Health and Physical Assessment
  • Care of Diverse Populations
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health
  • Geriatrics
  • Ambulatory Medicine
  • Pediatric Care
  • Research Methodology
  • Informatics

Information About the AANP Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certification Exam

The AANP offers a challenging Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam that tests primarily clinically based knowledge in emergency care in the role and population focus of the family/individual across the life span (prenatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, elderly, and frail elderly primary care) and presents relatively complex scenarios.

What is covered on the AANP FNP Exam?

According to the AANPCB's FNP & AGNP Certification 2017 Candidate Handbook, the exam covers the follow topics:

Assessment 36%

  • Obtain subjective patient information including but not limited to relevant medical history (including biopsychosocial, economic, environmental, family, military, travel, occupational, preventive components), chief complaint, history of present illness, and review of systems to determine health needs and problems
  • Obtain objective information based on patient age/developmental level, health history, and comorbidities to further define and evaluate health needs and problems

Diagnosis 24%

  • Formulate differential diagnoses
  • Establish definitive diagnoses

Plan 23%

  • Establish a safe plan of patient-centered treatment and care that is individualized, cost effective, consistent with best evidence, age appropriate, and culturally-sensitive in order to address the diagnoses

Evaluation 17%

  • Determine the effectiveness of the plan of treatment and care based on outcomes
  • Modify the plan of treatment and care as appropriate based on outcomes

How long is the AANP FNP Exam?

The exam is comprised of 150 questions. Of the 150 questions, 15 are pretest questions and do not affect the candidate's final score.

Candidates have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the format of test questions by taking practice examinations at PSI Exams online.

AANP FNP Board Review Tips

The AANP exam is a relatively tough exam with a 2015 FNP pass rate of 81.4%. After several years of study, to have approximately 19% of test takers fail is a fairly high hurdle. Taking AANP specific practice questions is the single best method of preparing for the exam. Not only do questions prepare you for the format of the 150 MCQ questions encountered on the exam - Nurse Practitioners who complete more questions do have a higher pass rate.

The feedback on the FNP AANP exam is to prepare well for female disorders, thyroid, and various skin conditions and disorders. While the ANCC is more focused on ethics questions and general knowledge, the AANP does focus more on medical topics. The BoardVitals AANP FNP question bank is very reflective of this content distribution and focuses on the AANP outline.

While the exam is difficult, using the Fitzgerald textbook in tandem with the BoardVitals question banks is an excellent way to prepare. Given the cost and time involved in having to re-take the exam, it is worth the time and effort to study upfront. While the AANP generally sticks to mainstream topics, there are a few esoteric concepts that you likely haven’t reviewed over the past couple of years.

We’re happy to help you with any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us.

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