Our Top 5 FNP Certification Tools

Studying does not end for nurse practitioners just because they earned their degree. The next step is getting ready for the FNP exam. That means taking all the knowledge you gained while in school and proving you are prepared for practice. Consider five of the top FNP certification review books, resources, and tools to help get you ready.


1. Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam Prep, Sixth Edition

Deemed one of the most valuable study assets for the ANCC and AANP certification examinations, this review book by Margaret A. Fitzgerald DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, DCC, FAAN, FNAP offers:


    • High-yield content reviews
    • More than 2,500 questions with detailed rationales covering both correct and incorrect responses
    • Test-taking strategies and tips
    • Simulated FNP & AGPCNP board-style exams online


Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam Prep, Sixth Edition can help you hone your test-taking skills and prepare efficiently for the certification exam. Margaret A. Fitzgerald is the founder of Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, (FHEA). Fitzgerald  is a global provider of nurse practitioner certification preparation and a leading provider NP continuing education. More than 140,000 nurse practitioners have successfully prepared to pass their certification exams using the Fitzgerald review course.


2. Pediatric and Adult Assessment Cue Cards


The Fitzgerald Pediatric and Adult Physical Assessment Cue Cards are resources you will repeatedly use, even after passing your FNP certification exam. The cue card series serves as a step-by-step guide to conducting thorough and accurate adult and pediatric physical exams. The cue cards are excellent references whether you are studying for the certification exam or looking to refresh your physical exam skills.


3. How to Study for Standardized Tests


Another must-have is the How to Study for Standardized Tests guide. This book highlights three critical variables:


    • You — The person taking the exam
    • The exam — Which test you are taking, whether it is the FNP certification exam or something like the ACT or SAT
    • Study resources — Study methods and techniques which can build your knowledge base.

Written by Donald Sefcif, Gillian Bice, and Frank Prerost, How to Study for Standardized Tests gives you the tools to excel on any tests.


4. Comprehensive 350-Question Prep Test for Family NP Certification


Another useful study resource from Dr. Margaret A. Fitzgerald, this online exam provides a comprehensive analysis by topic for the FNP certification exam. It is a set of five tests that covers what you will find in the exam. Each test offers a variety of topics.



    • Primary Prevention: Health Promotion and Immunization
    • Secondary Prevention: Detecting Preclinical Disease
    • Commonly Encountered Dermatologic Disorders
    • Assessment and Intervention in Select Hematologic Disorders
    • Professional Issues



    • Commonly Encountered Neuropsychiatric Problems:
      • Migraine, Tension-type, and Cluster Headache
      • Mental Health Issues
    • Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders
    • Lower Respiratory Tract Disease: Pneumonia, Asthma, and COPD
    • Assessment and Intervention in Select Hematologic Disorders
    • Common Musculoskeletal Problems



    • Common Endocrinopathies:
      • Diabetes Mellitus
      • Thyroid Disorders
    • Woman’s and Men’s Health:
      • Principles of Family Planning
      • Common GU and GYN Problems: UTIs, STIs, and more
    • Evaluation and Intervention in Select Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Disorders



    • Cardiovascular Issues:
      • Hypertension
      • Cardiovascular Disease
      • Dyslipidemia
      • Disorders Revealed by the Cardiac Exam: A Focus on Heart Sounds and Murmurs
    • Special Considerations in the Older Adult:
      • Special Considerations in Geriatric Prescribing
    • Common Health Problems in the Older Adult



    • Primary Care of the Well and Sick Infant, Child and Teen
    • OB/GYN


This is one of the most comprehensive exams available for FNP certification prep. It includes detailed rationales for every question.  Each clinical topic includes assessment, diagnosis, intervention, evaluation, and pharmacology comprehension. Use this along with a review course to prepare for both the AANP and the ANCC certification exams.


5. "Getting Ready for FNP and AGNP-PC Certification Exam" Webinar


The "Getting Ready for FNP and AGNP-PC Certification Exam" webinar is a 90-minute webinar available free of charge from FHEA. It features founder Margaret A. Fitzgerald offering her insights on exam prep and answering some frequently asked questions.


Find Critical Resources at FHEA

Fitzgerald Health Education Associates provides the materials and tools you need to achieve your goals and develop your abilities for FNP students, new practicing FNPs, and beyond. Please contact us if you have any concerns about family nurse practitioner certification or continuing education alternatives.

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