Founded in 2007, the ABCC is an autonomous arm of the Council for the Advancement of Comprehensive Care (CACC). The ABCC is the only certifying organization examining doctoral level nurse practitioners (NPs) in provision of comprehensive care. The ABCC promotes this agenda by administrating an annual psychometrically sound certification examination for eligible NPs who hold the DNP degree.

Following a national search, the ABCC and the National Board of Medical Examiners reached an agreement to develop and administer a Doctor of Nursing Practice Certification Examination in 2008. This competency-based examination was administered to APRN / DNP graduates for the first time in November 2008, for the purpose of assessing the knowledge and skills necessary to support advanced clinical practice in comprehensive care. This examination has subsequently been administered.

ABCC certification in comprehensive care is a multidimensional process. To qualify for certification, candidates must provide documentation of evidence of graduation from an accredited DNP program that prepares NPs across the life span in comprehensive care, and successful completion of the ABCC Certification Examination.

The ABCC and its programs are supported by grants from foundations and universities, as well as examination fees, and revenues from certification-related activities. ABCC sponsors have included: the Josiah Macy Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and private donations.