ACRN Suggested Study Resources

Although the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board (HANCB) does NOT endorse any study guide or reference materials for individuals interested in taking the ACRN certification exam, the following are suggested resources for preparing for the ACRN certification examination.


National HIV Curriculum:

National HIV/HCV Co-infection Curriculum:

ANAC’s Core Curriculum for HIV/AIDS Nursing. (2010) edited by Barbara Swanson. Sudbury, MA:Jones & Bartlett Publs. Available at:

Current Treatment Guidelines published by the US Department of Health and Human Services are available at

Medical Management of HIV Infection (Updated Annually) Bartlett, JG and Gallant, JE. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

HIV/AIDS Nursing Scope And Standards of Practice.  American Nurses Association November, 2006.

HIV/AIDS Annual Update. Clinical Care Options (updated Annually)Ed. Phair, John; Poppa, Anna; King, Edward. Postgraduate Institute of Medicine.

The following are also valuable resources providing current, state-of-the science information relevant to HIV/AIDS nursing: 

AIDS Clinical Care

AIDS Patient Care

AIDS Education & Prevention

American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care

American Journal of Public Health

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and Retrovirology

Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC).

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) annual conferences and local chapter meetings may provide additional, up-to-date information that is central to HIV/AIDS nursing.

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