Secure Exams

APEA offers secure FNP, AGPCNP, and PNP-PC exams. Each exam provides randomized multiple-choice questions that have been extensively tested and analyzed for reliability and validity. APEA offers the only predictive exams on the market.

  • The APEA 3P Exam evaluates student knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics, pathophysiology, and physical assessment, which are indicators of clinical readiness. This is a 90 minute exam with 75 questions.
  • The APEA Pediatric Competency Exam evaluates competency in pediatrics and is designed to measure the specific knowledge, abilities and behaviors required to care for the pediatric population within a family nurse practitioner primary care role. This is a 3-hour exam with 150 questions.
  • The APEA Pre-Predictor Exam is administered at the beginning of the last semester, allowing students to remediate weaknesses in preparation for the APEA University Predictor Exams for FNP and AGPCNP students. This is a 3-hour exam with 150 questions.
  • The APEA University Predictor Exam is administered at the end of the last semester as preparation for the FNP and AGPCNP certification exams. The results predict likelihood of success on the national exams for these specialties. APEA's University Predictor Exam is considered a national standardized comprehensive exit exam and can be used as a tool for student and curriculum evaluation. This is a 3-hour exam with 150 questions.
  • The APEA Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Predictor Exam is a high-stakes exam designed to assess pediatric knowledge. It can be used as an exit exam to determine a PNP student's likelihood of success on the pediatric primary care certification exam. This is a 3-hour exam with 150 questions.
  • Exam Results Reports: APEA exam reports provide detailed cohort and student results by expanding the knowledge areas to reflect diagnoses that are correlated with the testing domains. These reports pinpoint cohort deficits and individual student knowledge strengths and deficits. APEA student reports assist students with creating a more specialized study plan for improving their knowledge gaps. This reporting system is beneficial for preparing them for the certification exam.

Enhancement & Remediation Resources

APEA offers an extensive selection of learning resources designed to enhance student understanding and retention of didactic content presented by faculty or to remediate students who require correction of knowledge deficits.

  • MyQBank is a suite of four question banks: MyQBank Pathophysiology, MyQBank Assessment, MyQBank Prescribing and MyQBank Management. Together, these banks provide 3,200 practice questions with detailed rationales. These products can be utilized for student remediation or as an enhancement to faculty instruction. The APEA Faculty Dashboard allows faculty to monitor and view student performance in the question banks.
  • The CE Center contains online video lecture modules that can be used as an enhancement to faculty didactic teaching or as a remediation tool. Students can follow along with the syllabus provided and test themselves using the post-lecture questions designed to improve retention of the content presented.
  • Additional recommendations are available from our university and faculty consultant, Betty Vicknair, MSN, APRN, PNP


APEA publishes numerous books that can be utilized as textbooks or reference books and implemented throughout an NP program.

  • Clinical Guidelines in Primary Care is written by NPs and targeted to their needs. It is a thorough yet concise evidence-based resource for FNP and AGNP primary care providers. Clinical Guidelines in Primary Care takes the reader through the entire management of the patient, including diagnostic workup and treatment processes for more than 370 diagnoses. It can be utilized as a textbook or reference book throughout the entire curriculum and supports decision making during student clinical rotations and into the practice arena.
  • CareOnPoint, APEA's mobile reference tool, is a companion resource to Clinical Guidelines in Primary Care. It contains 100% of the content published in the book and is enhanced with images, graphics and additional diagnoses.
  • Family and Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner Certification Questions provides 1,100 practice questions with rationales that improve critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and decision-making skills ? all of which are necessary for success on the FNP and AGPCNP certification exams.
  • Comprehensive Health History and Physical Examination uses a quick-reference format to guide students through the subjective history and the comprehensive objective physical examination. It covers patients throughout the lifespan.

Review Courses

APEA offers Live and On Demand Review Courses that effectively prepare students for the certification exam. These courses also provide valuable contact hours and clinical updates for faculty.

  • Review courses are used to prepare students for the certification exams or for faculty continuing education
  • All courses are presented by Amelie Hollier, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, with additional lectures by Mimi Secor, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
  • Live Courses:
    • Attendees at APEA live courses have a greater than 99% pass rate on their first attempt on the FNP and AGPCNP certification exams
    • APEA offers Early Bird and group discounts for attendees at live review courses
  • On Demand Courses:
    • Select video, audio or MP3 player presentations of the review course as an enhancement to faculty didactic teaching or as a remediation tool
    • Several universities convert the online review course to a 1 credit hour course during the last semester of the NP program, using tuition to cover the cost. Email for more information.

Clinical Tools

APEA has developed quick reference tools that aid in decision making and can be utilized in the classroom and in clinical settings.

  • Pharm in a Flash is a set of color-coded flash cards designed to improve pharmacology knowledge. Cards are organized by body system and drug class.
  • Amelie's Antibiotic Cards is a set of spiral-bound, pocket-sized cards arranged by drug class and the organisms targeted by each.
  • Pediatric Antibiotic Guide is a set of spiral-bound, pocket-sized cards arranged by antibiotic name. The guide associates weight with drug concentration and specifies the amount of medication needed and the desired length of time.
  • Topical Steroid Dispensing Cards is a pocket-sized, spiral-bound card set that features a colored diagram of affected body areas, a dosage chart, and a list of topical steroids by potency, available quantity, and vehicle.
  • Guide to Billing and Coding is a spiral-bound set of cards that provides step-by-step guidance on the correct selection of evaluation and management codes that correlate to the determination of visit complexity in outpatient settings.
  • Building Blocks Guide to Growth & Development is a spiral-bound set of cards, presented in a flip chart format, that can be used as a reference tool when assessing and evaluating pediatric patients in the clinical setting.
  • Building Blocks Flash Cards are color-coded cards that can be paired with the Building Blocks Guide to Growth and Development to use as a study guide for pediatric testing.


  • These reports allow faculty to compare cohort to cohort and to correlate knowledge areas with testing domains on the APEA 3P and University Predictor Exams. Results of these reports serve as a program, faculty and student evaluation tool.
  • Faculty use APEA's customized reports to assess, refine, enhance and develop course material and testing, and to promote continuous program improvement while increasing student successes.

University & Faculty Consultant

  • Betty Vicknair, MSN, APRN, PNP, works directly with universities to customize learning and testing approaches that lead to student success.
  • By partnering with APEA, your NP program can receive one-on-one guidance on the utilization of APEA education resources for specific courses, the accurate assessment of student progress, and appropriate remediation, when needed. Customized pricing and packages are available!
  • For more information, email

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