Acute Care CPNP Exam Schedule Updates & Resources

Acute Care CPNP Exam Schedule Updates & Resources

PNCB has launched new CPNP-AC exam forms. Special testing windows are in effect instead of year-round on-demand testing. Scroll down to see current and future testing window information. Please contact PNCB at exam@pncb.org with any questions. 

 

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.

  • August 1, 2019 through November 22, 2019 Deadline to apply is now closed.
    • Preliminary unofficial results will be available onscreen at the testing center (with no printout). Official results are mailed within 2-3 weeks.
  • January 20, 2020 through February 14, 2020 – Apply now through 5pm ET on January 6.
    • Preliminary unofficial results will not be available at the testing center. Scores will be held for a validation process, and PNCB anticipates releasing exam results by email 6-8 weeks after the close of the window (February 14, 2020).
  • May 15, 2020 through August 15, 2020 – Apply January 9 through 5pm ET on May 1.
    • Preliminary unofficial results will be available onscreen at the testing center (with no printout). Official results will be emailed within 2-3 weeks.
  • October 15, 2020 through November 15, 2020 – Apply May 6 through 5pm ET on October 1.
    • Preliminary unofficial results will not be available at the testing center. Scores will be held for a validation process, and PNCB anticipates releasing exam results by email 6-8 weeks after the close of the window (November 15, 2020).

 

Transcript not final? The 30-day transcript exception policies are still in effect.

FAQs

For questions not addressed below, please contact exam@pncb.org

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 revised content outline (published June 2019), which was the result of a formal Job Task Analysis (JTA) process. Please expand the “Essential: Content Outline” section below for more information. 

  • Planning to test between August 1 and November 22, 2019? PNCB’s current content outline should be used.
  • Planning to test between January 20 through February 14, 2020 or beyond? The updated CPNP-AC content outline based on our 2018-19 research should be used.

*Content has not changed considerably. You do not need to study differently, and there is no advantage to taking one content outline's exam over the other.

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

A: Your complete application, with final official transcript, must be approved by PNCB by 5pm ET on the date(s) below.  

  • August 1, 2019 through November 22, 2019: Deadline to apply is now closed.
  • January 20, 2020 through February 14, 2020: Apply now through 5pm ET on January 6
  • May 15, 2020 through August 15, 2020: Apply January 9 through 5pm ET on May 1
  • October 15, 2020 through November 15, 2020: Apply May 6 through 5pm ET on October 1

“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.

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