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Who is the American Board for Transplant Certification?

The American Board for Transplant Certification (ABTC) is the nation's only accredited certifying body for organ donation and transplant professionals. ABTC establishes education and competency standards while promoting continued professional growth. Whether you are a transplant nurse, coordinator, procurement coordinator or preservationist – or oversee a team that includes these specialized professionals – ABTC shares your goals for continuous quality improvements in organ donation and transplantation. Learn more about ABTC.

 

What types of transplant certifications does ABTC offer?

Our transplant certification programs include:

 

  • Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator (CCTC)
  • Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse (CCTN)
  • Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC)
  • Certified Transplant Preservationist (CTP)

 

For in-depth information on our certifications and examinations, content outlines, applications, and more, download the ABTC Candidate Handbook.

 

What are the benefits of becoming certified through ABTC?

ABTC certification signals to employers, colleagues and patients that your skills are highly specialized – that you embody exceptional expertise your area of specialty. Becoming certified also boosts confidence and competence, which can lead to greater job satisfaction and improved patient safety. And, for these reasons and many more, with ABTC certification you will be more qualified for jobs with higher salaries at higher quality institutions. Learn more about the benefits of ABTC certification.

 

How can I become a member of ABTC?

All certified transplant professionals are members of ABTC. Through ABTC's growing channels of connectivity among candidates and certified professionals, you will have many opportunities to seek 

guidance and support from a network of colleagues to help you continuously operate at the top of your clinical license and meet your career aspirations.


How do I become certified?

ABTC certification is granted to qualified candidates who complete and pass the certification examination. Once you are successfully complete the exam, you may use the appropriate credentials after your name: CCTC for Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator, CCTN for Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse, CPTC for Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator, or CTP for Certified Transplant Preservationist.

 

How long will my ABTC certification be valid, and how can I maintain my certification over time?

Each certification is valid for three years, and you can maintain certification through continuing education activities or by successfully retaking the examination. The number of Continuing Education Points for Transplant Certification (CEPTCs) required for recertification through continuing education is 60. Learn more about recertification.

 

What are the qualifications to take the certification examination?

Candidates must complete the following requirements before mailing in the examination application:

 

  • Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinators (CPTC): 12 months of work experience as a vascular organ procurement coordinator. 
  • Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinators (CCTC): 12 months of clinical vascular organ work experience. 
  • Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse (CCTN): 24 months' work experience as a registered nurse, including 12 months of direct involvement in the care of the solid organ transplant patient.
  • Certified Transplant Preservationist (CTP): 12 consecutive months of work experience in organ preservation (though organ preservation does not have to be the full time work responsibility).

 

How do I apply for the ABTC certification examination?

For in-depth information on ABTC certifications and examinations, content outlines, applications, and more, download the ABTC Candidate Handbook. For additional assistance, contact ABTC.

 

Where do I take the certification examination?

Applied Measurement Professional, Inc. (AMP), a Business Division of PSI, is the professional testing agency contracted by ABTC to assist in the development, administration, scoring and analysis of the ABTC exams. All ABTC transplant certification candidates have access to AMP's nationwide network of nearly 200 secure testing locations. AMP has testing sites in the top 175 metropolitan service areas, as well as many rural areas, within a short drive. Learn more about our certification examinations.

 

Does ABTC offer any tools to help me assess my readiness for the certification exam?

As part of our commitment to helping candidates and certified professionals succeed, ABTC proudly offers online self-assessment exams (SAEs) for the CCTC, CCTN and CPTC certification examinations. To provide a realistic exam experience and self-assessment, SAEs follow the same examination specifications as the actual certification exams, with the same distribution of questions at each cognitive level (recall, application or analysis). Learn more about our Self-Assessment Exams.

Does ABTC offer continuing education programs?

ABTC actively supports your need for convenient, cost-effective access to continuing education credits for recertification. We connect you with the resources you need to maintain your certification and stay up-to-date on the latest methodologies and technologies in organ donation and transplantation. Learn more about continuing education opportunities for certified transplant professionals. 

 

What is an ABTC Preferred Provider of CEPTCs, and how can my organization become one?

The education and training you currently offer your staff can qualify for CEPTCs toward recertification if your organization becomes an "approved" preferred provider of continuing education. This is an opportunity to maintain your staff's certification at a fraction of the cost of sending staff off-site (and often out of town) to external symposia.

 

When your organ donation or transplant program certifies five or more professionals in a calendar year, your organization receives one year's worth of FREE preferred provider status (a value of $1,500). Save money by providing approved, in-house continuing education and avoid the $1,500 fee just by certifying five or more professionals each year. Learn more about becoming a Preferred Provider of CEPTCs.


 

Read the ABTC Candidate Handbook​​

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