The mission of the National Nephrology Certification Organization, Inc. is the development and administration of certification examinations for Clinical Nephrology Technicians (CCNT), Biomedical Nephrology Technologists (CBNT), and Dialysis Water Specialists (CDWS). NNCO is committed to providing quality services through the endorsement and administration of comprehensive examinations which validate an individual’s qualifications and knowledge in specialized areas of Nephrology Technology.
The National Nephrology Certification Organization (NNCO) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization which was registered in the State of California in 1998 under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law.
NNCO was formed to advance the professional standards of nephrology technicians by establishing and maintaining criteria and procedures for certification. NNCO engages experts in the field to develop certification examinations for Clinical Nephrology Technicians, Biomedical Nephrology Technologists, and Dialysis Water Specialists.
NNCO contracts with Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) to ensure that the credentialing process is psychometrically sound and meets the standards for professional designation, including those recommended by the National Organization for Competency Assurance and the American National Standards Institute.
NNCO is responsible for updating the examinations, setting policy for certification and recertification, and overseeing all aspects of administration of certification procedures. NNCO offers a professional credential for taking and passing one or more of its certification examinations.
NNCO certification meets the requirements mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that patient care technicians be certified:
”Among the various qualifying factors that are critical for the patient care technician (PCT) is the mandate that they be certified either by a validated state certification examination or a nationally recognized certification examination. These requirements went into effect on October 15, 2008.”
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