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 advanced practice nurses (APRN) in provision of comprehensive care. The ABCC promotes this agenda by administrating an annual psychometrically sound certification examination for eligible APRNs 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 in 2009 and 2010.

ABCC certification in comprehensive care is a multidimensional process. To qualify for certification, candidates must provide documentation of licensure as an APRN, national board certification in an APRN specialty, evidence of graduation from an accredited DNP program, 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 ArthurVining Davis Foundations, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and private donations.