Advanced Certification Requirements (CTN-A)
CTN-A Eligibility Criteria

    1. Hold a current, active, unrestricted RN License in a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally
    recognized equivalent in another country.

    2.  Hold a master’s, post-master’s, or doctorate in nursing, education, philosophy, or related field from a program accredited by
    the Collegiate Commission of Nursing (CCNE or NLNAC) if the school is in the U.S.; or legally recognized equivalent in another

    3.  Currently employed or self-employed in nursing, either full or part-time, at the time of application.

    4.  Completed at least one course (didactic and/or clinical) in cultural diversity and promotion of cultural competence for a
    minimum of 3 credits (or equivalent of 42 Continuing Education Contact Hours/Units).

    5.  Completed 2400 hours of transcultural nursing practice as a registered nurse in administrative, teaching, research, or clinical
    capacity, either full or part-time during the five years prior to submitting the application.

    Three of the five criteria listed below are required.  The bulleted descriptions are meant as examples of documentable
    activities, and are neither exhaustive nor all required to meet the particular criteria.

    1.         Evidence of professional growth in TCN
    a.        Attendance at classes, workshops, conferences
    b.        Conducting classes, workshops, and conferences
    c.        Accumulation of continuing education in TCN knowledge

    2.         Evidence of creative and innovative ways to promote and maintain TCN practice
    a.        Short summary of endeavors
    b.        Multimedia showing TCN practice in action

    3.        Evidence of research in TCN
    a.        Research projects or grants
    b.        Ongoing research, funded or community projects
    c.        Published materials

    4.        Evidence of substantive or unique contributions made to advance TCN
    a.        Community projects
    b.        Teaching and mentoring

    5.        Evidence of TCN leadership in teaching, research, or consultation to improve care in diverse cultures
    a.        Letters of support from students, employers, etc.
    b.        Letters from other nurses
    c.        Multidisciplinary leadership in programs, panel presentations, etc.

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Certification in transcultural nursing and the credentials CTN-A and CTN-B are recognized by ANCC as part of the
Magnet program.   Both the CTN-A(Advanced) and the CTN-B(Basic) Transcultural Certifications appear on the list of
national certifications which can be listed on the DDCT.  Look under Cultural Competency.  Here is a link to the listing: .  
Exam Dates
Application Deadlines
Monday - Friday
January - December
(Excluding holidays/weekends)
9 am –4pm Eastern Time
(Two Hour Testing Block Required)
Saturday exam may be accommodated
by special request.
You must apply at least five weeks prior
to the date you wish to test.  For
example if you wish to test the second
week of February then you would need
to apply by the first week of January.