About NNCO

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 for the purpose of advancing the professional standards of nephrology technicians through the establishment and maintenance of criteria and procedures for certification. NNCO does this by engaging experts in the field to develop certification examinations in Clinical Nephrology Technology and Biomedical Nephrology Technology. NNCO has contracted with Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) to ensure that the credentialing process is psychometrically sound and in general meets appropriate 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 as the sole benefit of taking and passing one of its certification examinations.

NNCO certification meets the requirements mandated by the Centers for Medicare & 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”