Acute Care CPNP Exam Schedule Updates & Resources


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AC Exam Updates
Special timelines for the CPNP-AC exam continue to be in effect. See updates and FAQs here.

Acute Care CPNP Exam Schedule Updates & Resources

Special testing windows are in effect for the CPNP-AC exam instead of year-round on-demand testing. Scroll down to see current and future testing window information. Please contact PNCB at with any questions. 

Important Update: This page was updated on 6/2/2020 due to the impact of COVID-19 on test center availability. Testing windows have now been extended or shifted to support candidates. Application deadlines and results notification process may have been updated as well.  


Candidate Information

Available testing windows and eligibility notification for current CPNP-AC exam candidates: Candidates with completed applications will be emailed an eligibility notification with next steps in scheduling their exam. CPNP-AC exam candidates may test one time only during each testing window.

Results notification update: For each of these windows below, preliminary unofficial results will be available onscreen at the testing center (with no printout). Official results will be emailed within 2-3 weeks.

Application deadline note: A complete application includes our online form with payment and final official transcript. Transcript not final? The 30-day transcript exception policies are still in effect.

Testing Window Start & End Dates Deadline for Complete Application

February 15, 2021 through April 15, 2021

Apply January 16 through 5pm ET on March 24, 2021.

June 15, 2021 through August 15, 2021 

Apply March 25 through 5pm ET on July 30, 2021.

October 15, 2021 through December 15, 2021  

Apply July 31 through 5pm ET on December 1, 2021.


For questions not addressed below, please contact

A: “Transcript not final” exceptions are still bound by the official Board policy. If the final degree or certificate will be conferred within 30 days of graduation, then the student is not eligible for the “transcript not final” exception. See transcript not final policy infographic.

A: Each application will be reviewed for eligibility as quickly as possible. There will not be an expedited option.

A: Beginning in January 2020, the exam administered will align with the updated content outline (published June 2019), which was the result of a formal Job Task Analysis (JTA) process. PNCB certification exams are comprehensive tests, so be sure to study all areas of the content outline.

A: No, currently only 1 attempt is available per person per testing window.

A: Please see the above for deadlines. 

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