Apply for the CMSRN Exam

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You can choose which option to use for completing your certification application: the online certification examination application or the downloadable certification examination application.

To be eligible to take the CMSRN exam, you must meet all eligibility criteria at the time of the application. Those who do not meet all criteria will not be able to test.

Application Checklist

Before beginning your application for the exam, make sure you have the following information on hand:

  • Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSN)
  • RN license number, Initial license issue date, and Current license Expiration Date
  • Supervisor's Name and Contact information (phone or e-mail)
  • Credit Card Information or facility’s FailSafe code, if applicable.

If you plan to join AMSN, please do so first from the AMSN website to receive the member discount.

MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program™ Candidates

Enter your facility's unique code (case sensitive) and click "Apply Discount" to bypass the payment option online. You will not be asked to enter credit card information. Contact us if you have difficulty applying your code.

Complete the Online CMSRN Application

Complete the Downloadable CMSRN Application

Complete the online process.

Begin Online CMSRN Application

Complete the downloadable certification examination application.

Download CMSRN Application

(Looking for Care Coordination and Transition Management certification instead? Go to the CCCTM exam.)

About 3-5 weeks after submitting your application, the testing agency Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET) will mail your exam permit or contact you for more information. If you have not received your permit in 5 weeks, call C-NET at 800-463-0786 immediately.

The CMSRN Certification Exam Guide will also be of value to you.

Examination Exemption

Nurses who are currently certified as a medical-surgical registered nurse through ANCC may be eligible for CMSRN certification via examination exemption.

Learn More about Exam Exemption

Special Test Sites

Special Test Site Information and Application
MSNCB works with the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET®) to offer the CMSRN certification examination. The above link will redirect you to the Special Test Site section of the C-NET Web site. This section contains a list of frequently asked questions which explain the process of creating a temporary exam site, as well as room set-up guidelines and the Special Test Site application for submission to C-NET.

Exam Fees

Application Fees
Regular Fee $375
AMSN Member Fee $255

NOTE: All application fees include a non-refundable processing/administration fee of $75.00.

Retake Exams

For unsuccessful candidates, we offer a one-time only first-time retake discount of $75 off the registration fee, valid for 4 months after the exam date. This discount is active approximately 4 weeks after the exam date. Use the same login information you used on the first application for the discount to be applied automatically at checkout. If you do not remember your login information please contact us.

A candidate who does not pass the second or subsequent exams must pay the full fee.