ANCC Cardiac/Vascular Nurse Certification continues to be offered online through the American Nurses Credentialing Center of ANA.
For those interested in purchasing the Cardiac/Vascular Review and Resource Manual, it can be ordered by calling 1-800-637-0323 or order online.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Why should I become certified?
- How long has the Cardiac/Vascular Nurse Certification exam been available?
- Why is it both cardiac and vascular?
- Who can take the exam?
- Does that mean that an Advanced Practice Nurse shouldn't take the exam?
- How can I find out what content is included on the exam?
- Is there review material available to help prepare for the exam?
- Are there review conferences I can attend?
- What is the cost of the exam?
- Where is the exam offered?
- What about subspecialty exams?
- Will there ever be an advanced practice exam in Cardiac/Vascular Nursing?
- Who can I contact for more information?
Certification validates your nursing specialty knowledge. It also builds confidence in you as a professional, demonstrating that you meet nationally recognized standards in your specialty. It can provide you with career advancement opportunities in your current position or in search for new employment. Many organizations offer certified nurses higher salaries and other benefits.
The Cardiac/Vascular Nurse Certification exam has been available since May 2001.
When developing new certification exams, ANA has to consider both the scope of the specialty being proposed, as well as the available market of nurses to sit for the exam. There is a large overlapping body of knowledge that both "cardiac" and "vascular" nurses use in their care of patients. Thus this content was combined into one exam.
Yes. Since no additional cardiology exam exists at this time, an APN can certainly take this exam to document basic knowledge of cardiac/vascular nursing. But the exam will not reflect mastery of advanced practice knowledge and skills.
Click here for a general overview of test content. The exam consists of 150 scored questions and 25 pretest questions that are not scored.
Yes, there is a Cardiac/Vascular Review and Resource Manual available through ANA/ANCC. It includes in depth content developed from the test content outline, as well as sample questions. For more information, visit http://www.nursecredentialing.org/CVManual.aspx.
Yes, there are several review sessions being planned through ANA/ANCC. Visit them online or call 800-284-2378 for the latest information.
The cost is $340 for PCNA members and $395 for non-members.
The exam is computer-based. After your application is processed by ANA/ANCC and you are found to have met all the requirements, your name will be sent to The Chauncey Group International. They will then contact you directly regarding scheduling of the exam at a learning/testing center in your area. Over 300 test sites are available across the U.S. Visit their website for more information.
The Commission on Certification at ANCC is currently reviewing additional methods beyond certification to recognize subspecialty practice. ANCC has not found it financially possible to continue adding certification exams for areas where the candidate pool is limited. Discussion will continue between PCNA and the certifying bodies regarding a specialty in dyslipidemia. Meanwhile, nurses are strongly encouraged to take the current Cardiac/Vascular Nurse exam, as it does demonstrate a broader scope of practice, and it will continue to be the prerequisite for any additional recognition or testing.
There have been ongoing discussions regarding this level exam. Future development is first contingent upon adequate resources needed to maintain the quality of the current Cardiac/Vascular Nurse Exam. Secondly, there needs to be documentation that the candidate pool for the APN exam is large enough to maintain its financial soundness.
Contact ANCC directly or call 1-800-284-2378