4 Best Live NP Certification Review Courses

Studying for your nurse practitioner certification exam can be pretty stressful. You have learned a lot in one or two short years and the amount of content covered by the exam is extensive. Fortunately, there are a few excellent resources when it comes to helping with your exam preparation.

Review books and live courses are the best way to help direct your certification studies. Study materials narrow down content to the most commonly covered areas on the NP certification exam making you study more efficiently. For some students, using review books alone will be sufficient. But, for others the accountability and attention required by attending a live review course is a must. Which live nurse practitioner certification exam review courses are best?

1. Fitzgerald Health Education Associates

Fitzgerald Health Education Associates offers review courses for Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners (Primary and Acute Care), Family Nurse Practitioners, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. The company conducts seminars across the country, typically in major cities. For students living in other areas, or who cannot attend seminars in person, live internet-streamed versions of courses are also available.

Depending on the specialty, review courses range from about 20 to 30 hours in length and are held over a three day period. Fitzgerald's live review courses cost anywhere from about $400 to $550 depending on date, location and specialty. 

As an added bonus, Fitzgerald will be hosting a free, live online "Getting Ready for the NP Certification Exam" seminar on July 8th, 2014. 

2. Barkley and Associates 

Barkley and Associates offers excellent review materials for nurse practitioner certification as evidenced by a first-time pass rate of over 99 percent on the nurse practitioner certification exam by live review course attendees. Barkley's review courses are hosted across the country in major cities and last two to three days depending on specialty. 

These review courses cost anywhere from $429 to $599 depending on conference date and specialty. The company does give a significant discount for signing up early, so be sure not to delay your enrollment. Courses include a 100 question Diagnostic Readiness Test to help you assess your preparedness for the certification exam. Barkley and Associates offers review courses for Family Nurse Practitioners, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners (Primary and Acute Care), Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Women's Health Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives. 

3. Advanced Practice Education Associates

Advanced Practice Education Associates (APEA) offers live NP certification review courses for Family Nurse Practitioners, Adult Nurse Practitioners, and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners. Courses last two to three days depending on specialty and are held 15 cities across the country. Included in the course are two, 100 question practice exams. Course content and practice exams do the trick when it comes to preparing NPs for the certification exam, the APEA boasts a 99 percent first-time pass rate for live course attendees. Students who do not pass the exam may take the review course again, free of charge. The cost for courses hosted by the APEA ranges from $400 to $475 depending on specialty. 

4. American Nurses Credentialing Center

The American Nurses Credentialing Center offers a few live review seminars for the nurse practitioner certification exam. Courses are available for Family Nurse Practitioners, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners (Acute and Primary Care), and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. Some review courses are live in the traditional sense and take place in major cities across the country while others are delivered in a convenient webinar format. In-person review courses are between two and four days long depending on specialty. Webinars are hosted as 90 minute weekly lectures taking place over a ten week period.

If you don't want to complete an entire ANCC review course, supplemental materials may be purchased to help your study efforts. Two, 100 question practice tests can be purchased for $115. An online Test Taking Techniques course may also be purchased for $30. 

Have you taken a nurse practitioner certification review course? Was it helpful?


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I attended the live APEA review in May 2016 and graduated in August 2016. I took the AANP exam the week after graduation. The APEA class was entertaining and informative, but the only part that I felt helped me on the AANP exam was Amelie Hollier's mnemonic for heart murmurs. I also listened to the Barkley review CDs. However, I think I would still have failed the exam had it not been for Maria Codina Leik's FNP review book, which I bought and crammed about 10 days before taking the exam. I had previously seen the book on Amazon, but the reviews on it were mixed and the negative reviews stated that several of her practice questions in the book gave wrong answers. However, on the advice of a classmate who had already taken and passed the AANP exam, I rented the book and studied it as much as I could. I found that the chapters hit all the important points to know for the AANP exam. I ran out of time to read the whole book and to do many of the practice questions, but I found that it helped even to memorize just the key points in the remaining chapters. As for the negative reviews stating that several answers on the practice test were wrong, I discovered that after reading the book, it was obvious which answers were incorrect and the errors did not affect my learning -- in fact, they helped me to realize that I was understanding and retaining the information I had read.


Well I bought the fritzgerald and hollier book and cds and study liked crazy. I did well on practice exams but took the aanp today and FAILED it. Needless to say I am now looking for the 15 contact hours to do to retest and feeling like a total failure!!!


I took APEA review course back in May, didn't graduate until August took AANP exam in September and failed. I want to sit for it again as well as the ANCC. The only problem I'm having is finding material focusing on ANCC, policy, ethics, legalities, etc... If anyone has take the ANCC 2016 and passed, I would love to here from you.


where can I find the Fitzerald book and CDs?


So APEA it is. I don't see any complaints about them.


Agree with other comments.
Do NOT use Fitzgerald if you want access to their online portal.
Complete waste of money. Customer service has no idea how to solve the problems.
Completed live course and planned to take exam 3.5 weeks later and utilize the online component during that time. However, the online component was down during that entire time. Nobody offered me any sort of refund.


DO NOT use Fitzgerald. When their online portal goes out they do not take any responsibility. Has been out for 3 days and I can't study.


Hi, went to Barkley and I do think it helped focus me. My prob was that I took the test RIGHT after( I had it booked, couldn't cancel). Had I known to wait q-3 months and study the content may have passed. Yes, lots of the program was on the exam, I just had not studied enuff. I cant blame Barkley. Anyone have ideas where to get inexpensive CEU to resubmit to take test again? Thanks


I also paid Barkley lots of money and took the live seminar and online tests. Failed my test. They sent me remediation which was just the PowerPoint from the seminar.
I'm not sure Barkely is such a great resource since I received little help from their 99% guaranteed pass rate. Maybe they need to change that pass rate percentage


Comments are made about Barkley but not of the other review courses offered. Due to time and distance of review courses I am looking for an online review course and wonder if I should take the Fitzgerald or APEA online course review. APEA is 475.00 for Family NP and 299.00 for Fitzgerald. Why such a price difference? I did not pass the first time. I ran out of time having 30 questions to answer in 10 minutes. I have studied Exam edge, Leik, and Fitzgerald CD's and her book that I did not get through completely. I felt the Fitzgerald book was more indepth than what is needed for boards. Please help. Thank you for any input.

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