Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Online Streaming Courses

Our CE credits are accepted by all of the following certifying organizations:

 

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANPCP)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • National Certification Corporation (NCC)
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB)
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)

All contact hours of continuing education are accredited by American Association of Nurse Practitioners:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner: 32.5 contact hours
  • Adult - Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 18.25 contact hours
  • Adult - Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: 24 contact hours
  • Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 20.5 contact hours
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: 13.25 contact hours

All materials are updated (if needed) at the beginning of each year. Please keep in mind, some information will remain relevant to the certification exams regardless of how "old" it is. Our courses are designed to prepare you for testing and will cover all subjects and topics relevant to your specialty's national certification exam.

Once you have paid online, you should receive your confirmation within 48-72 hours. If you paid by check (mail-in registration), it may take 5-10 days to receive your confirmation.

 

It is also very important to provide us with a working email address during the registration process as we only confirm via email. For those who mail-in their registrations, please make sure that you use our fillable PDF forms and type your information versus handwriting it - this will ensure we have all your complete and correct information.

 

Please Note: Your Confirmation E-Mail will be sent to your email address you used to purchase the course. Please check that email in order to view your Order Confirmation.

All live courses in December 2013 – January 2014 will include CDs. All courses beyond this date will offer an option to purchase CDs separately.

You have one week from the last day of your online streaming course to complete the Course Evaluation and print your Continuing Education Certificate. Be sure you are connected to a printer before clicking the "Submit" button. After one week, a $30 reissue fee will apply. You can purchase this here: https://www.npcourses.com/product/certificate-reissue Please note: It is recommended to be connected to a printer when submitting your survey.

Instructions to access your OSV PowerPoints and chapter handouts can be located in your membership account. the Online Streaming course is available for the dates signed up for, and the Extra Content is what is available for 90 days. To extend your access to the extra content, a $29.95 reactivation fee will apply.

You may receive a replacement CE certificate for a $30 fee. Please go to our Certificate Replacement page to purchase the replacement. Please be aware that replacement certificate orders will be verified and will not be honored if you have not previously attended a Live Course or purchased a Home Study Package.

Contact us immediately at Barkley@npcourses.com. Once enrolled for a specific course, you may choose to change to a different venue/city by submitting a check/money order for $200 to Barkley & Associates requesting such change no later than 4 weeks prior to the first day of the applicable course.

Online Streaming Courses Include the Following:

  • Extensive course manual
  • Diagnostic Readiness Test (DRT)
  • 24/7 Online Pharmacology Update
  • Hundreds of test questions

Barkley & Associates guarantees that attendees will pass their initial certification exam as long as the exam is taken no less than 3 weeks and no more than 3 months following graduation or of taking a Barkley & Associates live review course (whichever comes last).

 

An attendee who does not pass is entitled to one free repeat enrollment in a Barkley & Associates course within 3 months following notice of failure.

All purchases are FINAL. No refunds will be made for cancellations, however we will do our best to accommodate the needs of our customers with regard to transferring them to an alternative venue or home study, if necessary.

 

In the very unlikely event of a course cancellation, the registrant’s full course registration fee will be refunded. However, Barkley & Associates will not be responsible for additional inconveniences or revenue losses, including but not limited to airline/transportation costs, hotel cancellation policies, or other potential gains from advanced registration.

 

Cancellations are not allowed for special group discounted course rates. Under extenuating circumstances, Barkley & Associates may offer to transfer a registrant to another venue or home study option, given that the total group does not fall below the minimum group number.

Our faculty members are the main contributing authors of the course study manuals. In addition, some outside experts have also written and/or edited the material.

Our company is comprised of active nurse practitioners (NPs) and experts in multi-media instructional techniques. All of our courses are taught by outstanding faculty who actively teach, practice and hold national certification as NPs, many of whom are dual certified and have been published on a national level numerous times. To read more about each individual faculty member and our consultants, click here.

Dr. Thomas W. Barkley Jr, President of Barkley & Associates, has been actively teaching, developing, and implementing nurse practitioner continuing education offerings both nationally and internationally. Dr. Barkley has assisted thousands of nurse practitioners with successful passing of their initial national certification exam.

 

We have extended our unparalleled >99% pass rate success to our comprehensive DRT initiative. Be it a live review course, home study course or pharmacology update, Barkley & Associates has proven to be the most effective preparation tool for passing national NP exams. Feedback with extensive rationales, along with comprehensive analysis results, is used to explain and reinforce information, ultimately ensuring students’ success.

Home Study

Please call our office at (323) 609-3940.

Each Home Study package offers the same amount of CE contact hours as its live course counterpart.

When you receive your receipt after purchasing the Home Study package, there will be an evaluation form. Upon completion of your Home Study Package, please fill out the evaluation form and your certificate will display on your computer screen. Please note that it is highly recommended that you are connected to a printer or you are capable to save as PDF when completing the evaluation form.

 

Please email CustomerService@NPcourses.com with any questions or concerns

There is no designated time limit on our Home Study program. The Home Study option is designed for you to work at your own pace so that you can maximize your understanding of the material.

All materials are updated (if needed) at the beginning of each year. Please keep in mind, some information will remain relevant to the certification exams regardless of how "old" it is. Our courses are designed to prepare you for testing and will cover all subjects and topics relevant to your specialty's national certification exam.

You may receive a replacement CE certificate for a $30 fee. Please go to our Certificate Replacement page to purchase the replacement. Please be aware that replacement certificate orders will be verified and will not be honored if you have not previously attended a Live Course or purchased a Home Study Package.

Defective audio CDs will gladly be replaced; however, Barkley & Associates must be informed of the defect within 7 business days of receiving the CD package.

There are seven different Home Study Packages which include: FNP, PNP, AGPCNP, AGACNP, PMHNP, WHNP, and ENP. Included with each specialty package are extensive manuals as well as test-taking study strategies. Also included is the extensive review of system-specific health problems, therapeutic foundations of advanced practice nursing, professional role, health care policy and delivery, clinical assessment, and clinical management.

Refunds are not allowed on Home Study courses.

 

If you purchase the wrong CDs/ Home Study set:

 

  • Processing fee of $30 will apply
  • New CDs and/or handouts will not be shipped until the originally shipped set is returned.
  • All additional shipping/insurance charges associated with returning the wrongfully ordered set will apply.

Our faculty members are the main contributing authors of the course study manuals. In addition, some outside experts have also written and/or edited the material.

Dr. Thomas W. Barkley Jr, President of Barkley & Associates, has been actively teaching, developing, and implementing nurse practitioner continuing education offerings both nationally and internationally. Dr. Barkley has assisted thousands of nurse practitioners with successful passing of their initial national certification exam.

 

We have extended our unparalleled >99% pass rate success to our comprehensive DRT initiative. Be it a live review course, home study course or pharmacology update, Barkley & Associates has proven to be the most effective preparation tool for passing national NP exams. Feedback with extensive rationales, along with comprehensive analysis results, is used to explain and reinforce information, ultimately ensuring students’ success.

Choosing a Home Study package is a great option if you are unable to attend a live course or if you would like to supplement a live course with the ability to listen to lectures and discussions on CDs whenever you can.

Online Pharmacology

As we are constantly striving to bring the most up-to-date material to our studying NP’s, we update our pharmacology programs yearly.

No, the 24/7 Pharmacology program is a separate, in-depth review that covers the specific listed topics. The content specific pharmacology material is not covered in the live courses or the Home Study packages.

Upon purchasing our pharmacology program, you will use your login information to access the online slide show presentations. For an additional cost, you can purchase pharmacology audio CDs in conjunction with your online course.

After completion of your online pharmacology course, you will be prompted to complete a 5-question quiz. A passing score for this quiz is 4/5 and is required to print out a certificate. Once a passing score is accomplished, you will have an opportunity to print out your CE certificate.

After completion of your online pharmacology course, you will be prompted to complete 3 50-item exams. A passing score for each exam is 70% and all 3 must be completed to print out a certificate. Once a passing score is accomplished, email customerservice@npcourses.com to obtain your certificate.

The extensive pharmacology program was personally developed by Dr. Barkley and Dr. VandeWaa, who have used their collective expertise gleaned from years of experience to formulate a comprehensive program.

Diagnostic Readiness Test (Student)

DRTs are 100 question tests grounded in Bloom’s cognitive taxonomy, written by expert, seasoned NP educators, which focus on real world scenarios.  Students receive a comprehensive score report after completion of their test detailing their overall score, as well as their performance in specific content areas.

Visit the following web address to access your purchased DRT: http://npcourses.mytgweb.com/login

 

Use the log-in credentials received via email following your DRT registration.

Visit our website at https://www.npcourses.com/product-category/drts/. Your free live course DRT was DRT #1 so it is suggested you buy a different one. Once you have taken a DRT/Pharmacology, you already have an account with the system. If you do not remember your password then reset it using the “Forgot Password” link.

The free live course DRT will expire 30 days following their initial DRT registration.

Each 100 question student DRT can be purchased for $29.95.

If you lose your continuing education certificate, click on the following link to purchase a replacement for $30: https://www.npcourses.com/product/certificate-reissue

If for any reason you lose connection during your review session, log back into the exam and you will continue where you left off.

If for any reason you lose connection to the testing site, log back into the exam and you will continue where you left off.

The Diagnostic Readiness Tests (DRTs) are online comprehensive practice exams for nurse practitioners preparing to take their national certification exam. DRTs are a great way to evaluate NP knowledge, assess students’ areas of strength, as well as areas for improvement. Each test consists of 100 questions in 100 minutes with detailed rationales.

Student DRTs can be taken on any computer, laptop, or mobile device with access to the internet.

Upon completion of the DRT exam, users will be given a 45 minute review session to review the questions they answered incorrectly in conjunction with an extensive rationale.

Diagnostic Readiness Test (Faculty)

Visit the following web address to access your purchased DRT: http://npcourses.mytgweb.com/login. Use the log-in credentials received via email following your DRT registration.

DRTs can be administered as a one-time test. However, to maximize the benefits of DRTs, the pre-test should be administered early in the last term and the post-test should be administered before graduation. DRTs are administered in a computer lab at your university.

  1. Select your DRT specialty: FNP, AGPCNP, PNP, AGACNP, WHNP, PMHNP, ENP.
  2. Call Barkley & Associates ((323) 609-3940) to speak with a DRT representative.
  3. We will coordinate an examination date and time at your school’s computer lab.
  4. Emails with links to login, user name, and passwords are sent to students
  5. Students take the 100-question DRT in an allotted 100 minutes.
  6. Upon completing the DRT, students click, “submit.”
  7. Following the test, a 45-minute feedback session is offered, complete with all incorrect answers, detailed rationales, and overall score for students to review.
  8. Students may print their score report with overall score and performance in each specific content area.
  9. Faculty receives a comprehensive analysis of each individual student’s score, as well as an aggregate profile of the entire class.
DRTs can be administered in two modes:
  1. A one-time exam that can be administered anytime, optimally at the beginning of the last term so that remediation can occur before graduation.
  2. A pre-test/post-test package, recommended for optimal results, where the pre-test is given at the beginning of the last term and the post-test is given prior to graduation.

If for any reason you lose connection to the testing site, simply log back into the exam and you will continue where they left off.

Faculty receive a special faculty report including detailed information of each student’s score in each subject area complete with averages and illustrative charts to help faculty remediate accordingly.

The DRT contains a 100 question test, duration of which is 100 minutes. Immediately following completion of the DRT test, there is a 45 minute review session with extensive rationales.

The Diagnostic Readiness Tests (DRTs) are online comprehensive practice exams for nurse practitioners preparing to take their national certification exam. DRTs are a great way to evaluate NP knowledge, assess students’ areas of strength, as well as areas for improvement. Each test consists of 100 questions in 100 minutes with detailed rationales.

Upon completion of the DRT exam, users will be given a 45 minute review session to review the questions they answered incorrectly in conjunction with an extensive rationale.