Get Recognition for Your Expertise with the Cardiac Vascular Nurse Certification

Credential Awarded: CV-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 (EV-BC). This credential is valid for 5 years.


To take the exam, you must:

  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or hold a 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.

PCNA Members

PCNA members receive a $55 discount on the exam.

For questions on the certification, please contact the Clinical Education Director via email or 608-250-2447.