Nurse advocates who also work providing direct patient care must be BCLS certified. There are a couple of credentialing programs that formally train nurse advocates.
- Healthcare Liaison Inc. designed a healthcare advocate credential for medically trained professionals who want to develop a private practice. The program takes nine months and qualifies for 60 CEUs for nurses provided through Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc.,
- RN patient advocate (RNPA) program is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association. This program consists of a seven-month online component with intensive mentoring followed by a 7-day residential immersion program.