About the CNRN Exam
The CNRN Examination is a generalist examination and is not intended to emphasize any particular level of care or any particular developmental level.
Format and Contents
The examination, conducted in a computer-based testing facility, consists of approximately 220 multiple-choice items with a total testing time of 4 hours. Twenty of the 220 items are pretest items, which are not scored.
The examination may include additional items that are being tested for future use.
The examination is based on periodic role delineation studies that identify the knowledge and experiences required of a practicing neuroscience nurse. The most recent role delineation study was completed in summer 2014. View the CNRN Candidate Handbook for detailed exam information, including the content outline.
The examination is offered year round in 2018. Register by the 15th of any month to be eligible to take the exam during the following 2 months. All exam applications must be submitted online by no later than 5 pm CT of the 15th of each month. Those paid with check must be received (not postmarked) at the ABNN office by the deadline date. Those who register between October 16th - November 15th will be eligible to test from December 1-31, 2018.
2018 Year-Round Testing
Register by the 15th of any month to be eligible to take the exam during the following 2 months.
See the handbook for a listing of all deadlines.
For Exam Recertification
Must register by October 15, 2018, for the November-December exam dates.
For CE Recertification
Must complete all CE requirements by October 1, 2018, to avoid late fees.
CE recertification applications can still be submitted by January 31, 2019, with an $85 late fee. All CE must be earned by December 31, 2018.
To view a list of the 2019 CNRN Examination Windows and Deadlines, please view the 2019 CNRN Candidate Handbook. If you are recertifying your CNRN, do not create a new log-in to apply. Please call ABNN’s customer service at 847.375.4733 if you do not have you password.
If you have not already done so, please review the eligibility requirements before applying for the exam.
The cost of the CNRN exam application is as follows:
All certification exam applications must be completed online.
If you are paying by check or money order (U.S. dollars only), please enter your information online. Then save, print, and mail your completed application with a check for the appropriate amount. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN) and sent to PO Box 3781, Oakbrook, IL 60522-3781.
The exam’s computer-based testing (CBT) is administered by PSI Services (PSI). PSI offers more than 300 locations around the United States and internationally. View a list of all CBT locations on PSI’s website.
Each testing center's schedule varies based on availability. If you have a question about a specific location, contact PSI at 888-519-9901.
All exam candidates will be notified of their official pass or fail status immediately after their exam at the testing site.
Each year ABNN randomly selects 5% of its certification applications to be audited. If your CNRN certification application is selected for audit, you must submit a copy of your current registered nurse licensure and documentation to substantiate your work in neuroscience nursing during the past 5 years. All documentation must be received within 21 days of the request.