Specialty certification signifies personal growth and professional achievement. It can also contribute to your career advancement, especially in the competitive employment market.

Generally, in order to specialize, you must accrue knowledge through clinical experience, formal coursework, self-study and continuing education. Then you usually must pass a certification examination; which, upon completion, provides recognition of your expertise.

The National Association of Practical Nurse Education and Service (NAPNES) provides certification courses in pharmacology, IV therapy and long term care.

Individual specialty organizations also award certifications: