The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the largest credentialing organization for nurses in the United States. When the ANCC was founded in 1991 as a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), its primary function was to provide certification for registered nurses.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center continues this mission, and now also provides accreditation to continuing nursing education (CNE) programs. The ANCC also runs recognition programs for healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing. This includes the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program, which awards designations to nursing leaders and organizations who successfully along their strategic goals to improve patient outcomes. Often, recognition from the program means more education and development to nurses in the organization.
Anyone can make a request for an American Nurses Credentialing Center verification to determine if a nurse is certified. For a healthcare professional, you may need to pay fees to receive verifications for each certification.