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Recertification Programs

AAPACN Recertification Programs

Your certifications from AAPACN indicate that you are a leader in the post-acute care field. AAPACN recertification programs help you remain up-to-date on any changes that may be relevant to you and your staff by offering recertifications for the RAC-CT, RAC-CTA, DNS-CT, and QCP certifications.

Do You Know Your Recertification Date?
Find your recertification date by clicking My Certifications in the My Account area. You must complete your recertification requirements by the expiration date of your credential. There is no grace period given for completing your recertification. If you have not completed your recertification requirements, your credential will lapse on the expiration date, and you will no longer be able to use the designation.

RAC-CT Recertification

On-Demand Workshop
Members: $185  |  Non-members: $370
Continuing Education
: 2 CE hours
Duration: One two-hour session

On-Line Courses (2)
Members: $85 each  |  Non-members: $170 each
Continuing Education
: 2.6 CE hours

Printed Manuals (2) with Online Exams
Members: $105 each   |  Non-members: $210 each
Continuing Education
: 2 CE hours

Recertification is available to individuals who have already earned their RAC-CT© certification for MDS 3.0. Once you have achieved your RAC-CT, it is valid for two years from your certification completion date. You must complete your recertification requirements by your expiration date in order to maintain your credential.

Note: Purchasing recertification courses does not extend the expiration date of your credential. The expiration date for your credential remains the same, regardless of when your course materials expire.

RAC-CT Recertification Requirements

To maintain your RAC-CT certification, you must recertify every two years. The current recertification requirements include taking and passing exams for the following two courses:

  • RAC-CT 3.0 Recertification: Updates and Managing PDPM in the Skilled Nursing Facility 
  • RAC-CT 3.0 Recertification: Common Coding Errors and Quality Measure Pitfalls 1.2  

These courses will help you:

  • Promote person-centered care and honor resident voice and choice with knowledge of how MDS 3.0 integrates with survey, resident care, finances, and publicly reported information
  • Synthesize Quality Measure data into care plans and interventions to improve resident outcomes
  • Understand how to correctly code activities of daily living (ADLs) on the MDS 3.0 and avoid common coding errors
  • Tackle the challenges of the recent RAI User’s Manual updates head-on by understanding the most significant changes to SNF PPS
  • Discover solutions to PPS scheduled and unscheduled assessment challenges with case study driven learning

If you do not meet the recertification requirements by the expiration date of your certification, you will no longer be entitled to use the RAC-CT credential. If you choose to recertify after your certification lapses, you will be required to retake and pass the final exams for the complete 10-course RAC-CT certification program.

RAC-CTA Recertification

Members: $110  |  Non-members: $359
Continuing Education
: 2.0 CE hours
Duration: One two-hour session

The RAC-CTA recertification is available to individuals who have already earned their RAC-CTA certification. Once you have achieved your RAC-CTA, it is valid for two years from your certification completion date. You must complete the recertification requirements before your expiration date in order to maintain your credential. You must also maintain your RAC-CT certification in order to recertify and continue to hold your RAC-CTA credential.

Note: Purchasing recertification courses does not extend the expiration date of your credential. The expiration date for your credential remains the same, regardless of when your course materials expire.

RAC-CTA Recertification Requirements

To maintain your RAC-CTA certification, you must recertify every two years. The current recertification requirements include participating in an on-demand workshop class and passing a final exam for the following course:  

 RAC-CTA Recertification On-Demand Workshop (CEs – 2.0)

Following this two-hour course, you will: 

  • Understand the updates to the long-term care regulations that impacted the work of the Medicare specialist during calendar years 2019 and 2020 
  • Discuss needs for monitoring and auditing based on regulatory changes 
  • Recognize potential risks or penalties if out of compliance with updated regulations 
  • Identify strategies for success 

The recertification course is offered as an on-demand workshop and offers immediate access to the final exam. This course provides recorded instruction from two Master Teachers and a printable PDF handout of slides for reference.

If you do not meet the recertification requirements by the expiration date of your certification, you will no longer be entitled to use the RAC-CTA credential. If you choose to recertify after your certification has lapsed, you will be required to retake and pass the final exams for the complete 10-course RAC-CTA certification program.

DNS-CT Recertification

Members: $110  |  Non-members: $359

The DNS-CT recertification is available to individuals who have already earned their DNS-CT certification. Once you have achieved your DNS-CT, it is valid for two years from your certification completion date. You must complete the recertification requirements before your expiration date in order to maintain your credential.

Note: Purchasing recertification courses does not extend the expiration date of your credential. The expiration date for your credential remains the same, regardless of when your course materials expire.

DNS-CT Recertification Requirements

  • Hold a current RN license
  • Hold a current DNS-CT certification
  • Submit a renewal application and pay the renewal fee.
  • Complete at least 50 hours of continuing education within the two years preceding the renewal application submission or complete an approved professional development activity equivalent, or a combination of the two.
    • At least 25 hours must be related to the DNS-CT domains.
    • The remaining 25 hours can be for any healthcare-approved continuing education that meets licensure requirements (for a total of 50 hours).

Save the documentation to support your continuing education credits. AAPACN conducts random audits of renewal applications. If your application is selected for audit, you will be required to submit all supporting documents. Please maintain a copy of your renewal application and the supporting certificates and other documents for the entire two-year certification period in order to satisfy any audit requests.

If you do not meet the recertification by the expiration date of your certification, you will no longer be entitled to use the DNS-CT credential. If you choose to recertify after your certification has lapsed, you will be required to retake and pass the final exams for the complete 10-course DNS-CT certification program.

QCP Recertification

Members: $110  |  Non-members: $359

The QCP recertification is available to individuals who have already earned their QCP certification. Once you have achieved your QCP, it is valid for four years from your certification completion date. You must complete the recertification requirements before your expiration date in order to maintain your credential.

Note: Purchasing recertification courses does not extend the expiration date of your credential. The expiration date for your credential remains the same, regardless of when your course materials expire.

QCP Recertification Requirements

  • Submit a recertification application 
  • Complete at least 100 hours of continuing education within the four years preceding the renewal application submission or complete an approved professional development activity equivalent, or a combination of the two.
    • At least 15 hours must be in QAPI or quality improvement areas related to the QCP domains.
    • The remaining 85 hours can be for any healthcare-approved CE that meets licensure requirements (for a total of 100 hours).

Save the documentation to support your continuing education credits. AAPACN conducts random audits of renewal applications. If your application is selected for audit, you will be required to submit all supporting documents. Please maintain a copy of your renewal application and the supporting certificates and other documents for the entire two-year certification period in order to satisfy any audit requests.

If you do not meet the recertification requirements by the expiration date of your certification, you will no longer be entitled to use the QCP credential. If you choose to recertify after your certification has lapsed, you will be required to retake and pass the QCP certification exam.

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