Ig Certification

About Ig Certification (IgCN®/IgCP®) Credentialing

Immunoglobulin therapy is one of the most complex fields of clinical practice, requiring clinicians to possess highly-specialized expertise and skills. As such, IgNS is committed to the IgCN® and IgCP® credentialing, which provides assessment, validation and documentation of the knowledge, skills, and overall clinical competence of nurses and pharmacists managing and administering Ig therapy.

The Ig Credentialing is the only nationally recognized certification for Ig nurses and Ig pharmacists. It meets nationally recognized standards that are reliable and legally defensible measurements of Ig nurses’ and pharmacists’ knowledge and skills.

The IgCN® and IgCP® credential validates that nurses and pharmacists have met stringent requirements for knowledge and experience, and are qualified to provide competent Ig care.

As part of our commitment to providing uninterrupted access to certification, the IgCN®/IgCP® examination is now available via several convenient options:

  • Computerized testing locations across the US and Canada
  • Live remote-proctored (LRP) from home or office
  • Live at the IgNS National Conferences
  • On-demand for teams of 15 or more.

Eligibility

Registered nurses (RN) and registered pharmacists (RPh) whose practice includes immunoglobulin therapy, and who wish to gain the prestigious IgCN®/IgCP® credentials and the professional recognition of their specialized knowledge, skills, and expertise as an Ig-certified clinician, should register to take the Ig credentialing examination.

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Registered nurse (RN) or registered pharmacist (RPh) with a current license in the US or Canada
  • A minimum of 1,500 hours of experience in Ig therapy within the past two years in the following areas of practice:
    • Nursing practice/pharmacy practice
    • Managed care
    • Research
    • Education
    • Pharmaceutical/device industry

Becoming certified

Eligible candidates are required to take the two-hour LRP-based Ig Credentialing exam, offered at specific times throughout the year. The Ig credentialing examination is a 2-hour, 110-question test.  The exam’s content is based on the core content areas of immunoglobulin nursing (for IgCN®) and pharmacy (for IgCP®), derived from the results of formal Practice Analysis Studies that ensure that the exam accurately reflects the practice of the average Ig nurse and pharmacist.

Ig Credentialing Examination Cost:

  • IgNS Member: $550
  • Non-Member: $650

Recertification:

Recertification by continuing education is $275 for a three-year period.

Benefits to clinicians

Becoming an IgCN®/IgCP® is the only method of validation and recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills, and expertise of an Ig Nurse or Pharmacist.

The IgCN® and IgCP® Credential:

  • Is the only tangible metric of expertise in Ig therapy
  • Empowers clinicians as confident and highly-competent clinical decision-makers.
  • Improves patient outcomes and satisfaction
  • Protects and informs the public of clinicians’ competence
  • Improves professional satisfaction
  • Reduces work-related errors
  • Protects individual clinicians and employers
  • Improves employee retention
  • Helps assure compliance with national standards and guidelines

“Achieving this credential, and wearing my IgCN® pin gives me an immense sense of pride.  It shows my clinical expertise, and sets me apart as a professional ” – KG, RN, IgCN®

Benefits to employers

Supporting employees in achieving the IgCN® and IgCP® credential has far-reaching benefits for employees:

  • IgCN®/IgCP® credentialing results in standardization of Ig practice within organizations.
  • Ig-certified staff is the only defined differentiation factor for clinical service providers
    • Establishes your organization as a leader in Ig practice
    • Standardizes the quality of your Ig practice
    • Improves patient care, outcomes and satisfaction
    • Reduces in-house training and competencies burden
    • Improved trust and confidence from patients and prescribers

Employers who support their clinicians’ certification significantly improve retention rates and develop stable and highly skilled Ig clinical teams.

“Achieving this credential gives me a sense of professional confidence I never had before. It shows my clinical expertise, and sets me apart as a professional. ” – TR, PharmD, IgCP®

Benefits to patients

Supporting employees in achieving the IgCN® and IgCP® credential has far-reaching benefits for employees:

  • IgCN®/IgCP® credentialing results in standardization of Ig practice within organizations.
  • Ig-certified staff is the only defined differentiation factor for clinical service providers
    • Establishes your organization as a leader in Ig practice
    • Standardizes the quality of your Ig practice
    • Improves patient care, outcomes and satisfaction
    • Reduces in-house training and competencies burden
    • Improved trust and confidence from patients and prescribers

Employers who support their clinicians’ certification significantly improve retention rates and develop stable and highly skilled Ig clinical teams. 

IgNS mandates a three-year recertification period to ensure that the IgCN® and IgCP® are exposed to developments within the field. This assures the public that the IgCN® and IgCP® provides the best possible infusion therapy because they have kept abreast of technological and clinical advances.

IgCN® and IgCP® policies and procedures for recertification are strictly enforced. It is recommended that IgCNs® and IgCPs® begin accumulating recertification units before the final year of the certification period.

Term of Certification
The IgCN® and IgCP® credential becomes effective 30 days after successful passing of the exam. IgCN® and the IgCP® certification remains current through that date, two years thereafter.

Recertification units must be earned within each recertification period. Units cannot be carried over.

IgNS provides recertification reminders. However, it remains the professional responsibility of the IgCN® and IgCP® to meet recertification requirements within published deadlines.

Recertification Eligibility Requirements
All recertification applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

• A current, active, unrestricted Registered Nurse (RN) and Pharmacist (RPh) license in the United States or Canada.

• A minimum of 1,000 hours of experience in infusion therapy as a Pharmacist within the past two years.

Recertification by Examination
Take the IgCN® and IgCP® examination during your final year of certification.

Recertification by Continuing Education
Earn 40 recertification units (not CEs) with at least 20 from an IgNS National Conference.
Other Recertification Options
Along with at least 20 IgNS National Conference recertification units, up to 20 recertification units can be submitted from a combination of any of the following options to complete the 40 recertification units required to recertify.

Publish a manuscript on Ig therapy in a peer-reviewed journal
• For each manuscript published on the topic of Ig therapy in a peer-reviewed journal, the author/s is eligible for five recert units.

• A maximum of 10 recert units can be applied to a certification period.

Present as a speaker at an IgNS National Conference
• An IgCN® or IgCN® is eligible for four recert units for each contact hour presented.

• A maximum of eight recert units can be applied to a certification period.

Complete continuing educational courses from the IgNS online Educational Resources Center
• An IgCN® or IgCN® is eligible for one recert unit for each contact hour presented.

• Up to 20 recert units can be applied to a certification period.

Teach Ig infusion therapy-related education programs
• Teachers/instructions of Ig infusion therapy-related programs are eligible for one recert unit per contact hour taught.

• A maximum of five recert units can be applied to a certification period.

• CE credit must be awarded for the program.

• The program must be related to one of IgCN® or IgCN® clinical content areas.

• Repeated presentations of the same program will not be awarded multiple credits.

• Program outlines and objectives, date, and CE credit provider’s name must be submitted with the recertification application.

Publish a chapter or edit an Ig infusion-related book
• For publication of a chapter or editing an Ig therapy-related book, the author/s can receive six recert units.

• A maximum of six recert units can be applied to a certification period.

• The book’s reference information, including author, year, title, and publisher information must be submitted with the recertification application.

Present a Scentific Poster
• For each unique poster that is presented at an IgNS National Conference or other conference will receive 2 recertification units.

• A maximum of 4 recert units can be applied to a certification period.

Attendance at non-IgNS educational meetings
• If the sponsoring organization* has submitted its program for approval by IgNS, attendance at non-IgNS educational meetings can qualify for a maximum of five recertification units per certification period.

• The program’s certificate must be submitted with the recertification application.

Other Approved Recertification Units
A maximum of 10 recert units from participation in other educational offerings that have been approved for recert units through IgNS can be applied to a certification period. Multiple submissions of the same offering are not accepted.

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