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ABSNC Grants Reaccreditation to the MSNCB CMSRN® Certification Program

The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. (ABSNC) announced it has granted reaccreditation for the CMSRN® credential for the Certified Medical‐Surgical Registered Nurse certification program of the Medical‐Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB). Read more

Nurses, Facilities to Benefit from New Certification Payment Program

The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) has recognized there are some barriers to becoming certified, so the organization has launched the innovative MSNCB FailSafe Certification ProgramTM to lift those barriers and promote medical-surgical nursing certification. Visit the FailSafe page   Read more

Ambulatory Care and Medical-Surgical Nursing Organizations Collaborate on First-Ever Certification Exam for Care Coordination and Transition Management

In an exciting leap forward to ensure patient care is safely and efficiently coordinated among qualified providers, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) announce their collaboration on a Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM) certification exam. Read more


You may obtain your CMSRN by taking a multiple-choice exam in paper and pencil or computer-based testing formats. Click here for exam dates and locations.

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CMSRNs may become recertified every 5 years by meeting continuing nursing education requirements or by taking the exam. Click the tab for information on how to recertify.

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The CMSRN exam is is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), formerly the ABNS Accreditation Council.ABSNC: The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, formerly the ABNS Accreditation Council