Checkpoint for Certification Plan
Passing the national certification examination is a vital step towards becoming a certified
PMHNP. As such, sufficient preparation is needed to succeed in the assessment. Therefore,
besides having a study plan, one also requires being prepared to register for the exam in time as
well as to pay to pay the exam’s registration fee. In the first week of this practicum, I explained
my plans for certification, which included the idea to have a comprehensive study plan, timely
registration of the examination, as well as the plan on how to pay for the registration. In this
document, I will highlight my progress in regards to the mentioned aspects besides explaining
my plans to stay on course for certification about the tasks assignment on my timeline, which I
have not achieved.
My initial plan was to register for the exam online and take it 90 days following the
approval of the application. I chose to register online as it would take a shorter period for
approval compared to other models of application such as mail. I applied for the certification
assessment online, and my application was approved two weeks later following the application.
Nevertheless, my initial intention was to have all the required credentials for registration a month
before the application. This was to ascertain that the application was approved devoid of any
delays. Similarly, a week before the registration, I had acquired all the credentials required for
eligibility for the examination.
What is more, the ANCC requires one to pay some amount of money as registration fee
(Lyle-Edrosolo & Waxman, 2016). My initial plan was to use my savings as well as borrow some
money from my parents to pay the fee. A week before the date of registration, I had all the
needed money, partially from my savings and partly from my parents. I, therefore, paid for the
registration on the exact date I had planned and waited for a two weeks approval period after,
which my registration was approved.
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After the approval, I planned to utilize the three months studying. My study plan was to
use six hours of study daily five days every week. As such, my study was divided into two-three
hours sessions every day taking a 20 minutes break in every session. Nevertheless, I have
realized that it is impossible to cover the required material in the remaining time for to be fully
prepared and sit for the exam with utmost confidence. In essence, despite the three hours study
sessions, I find that am far behind my studies and by the time of the exam date, I will not have
completed studying the necessary material. As such, I plan to include the weekends in my study
program. Nonetheless, because I carry out most of my tasks during this time, I will minimize the
study time to four hours on Saturday and three hours on Sunday. On Saturday, I will have two
two-hour sessions without a break within the sessions and on Sunday; I will have the three-hour
session at a go with a ten minutes break within the hours. Besides, I will purchase some relevant
study videos to assist me in timely completion of the studies.
Conclusively, my intended certification plan seems to be on course regardless of the
limited time left. In regards to the limited time, I plan to include weekend studies in my study
plan besides purchasing some relevant study videos. This will be increasingly helpful in ensuring