Get Recognition for Your Expertise with the Cardiac Vascular Nurse Certification
Credential Awarded: RN-BC
In an effort to optimize patient outcomes through evidence-based cardiovascular care, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association supports the American Nurse Credentialing Center’s Cardiac/Vascular Nurse Certification.
The ANCC Cardiac-Vascular Nursing board certification examination is a competency-based examination that provides a valid and reliable assessment of the entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of registered nurses in the cardiac-vascular specialty after initial RN licensure.
Once you pass the exam, you are awarded the credential of Registered Nurse-Board Certified (RN-BC). This credential is valid for 5 years.
PCNA members receive a $55 discount towards the exam.
To take the exam, you must:
- Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or hold the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
- Have practiced the equivalent of 2 years full-time as a registered nurse.
- Have a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in cardiac-vascular nursing within the last 3 years.
- Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in cardiac-vascular nursing within the last 3 years.
For questions on the certification, please contact the Clinical Education Director via email or 608-250-2440.