Exam Permit and Scheduling

Prior to your exam date, you will receive information from the testing agency, Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET), depending on the method of exam administration.

Computer-Based Testing (CBT)

The CMSRN exam is available throughout the year as computer-based testing (CBT) at 230+ testing centers nationwide.

Exam Permit

nursesYour exam permit will provide a 90-day window within which to take your exam. It will also contain information about how to schedule your exam.  Be sure to schedule your exam appointment at least 48 hours prior to your desired examination date.

About 3-5 weeks after submitting your application, the testing agency, Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET), will email and 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, ext. 11 or email info@cnetnurse.com immediately.
APO/FPO addresses may take longer

You must bring a current government issued photo ID such as a driver's license (temporary paper copy is not acceptable), state-issued ID card, passport, or a notarized photograph bearing your signature with you to your exam appointment. Your name on the permit must match your government issued photo ID.  If they do not match, call C-NET immediately at 800-463-0786, ext. 11 for assistance.


You will receive your results immediately after your exam with a total score report. Unsuccessful candidates also receive a detailed report of their performance in all major areas of concentration.


Exam appointments may be cancelled and rescheduled up to 48 hours prior to your exam date at no cost.  The rescheduled appointment must be within your assigned 90-day window. Contact the computer company, PSI at 800-733-9267 or cnetnurse.com/cbt for more information.


To schedule or reschedule your exam appointment outside of your assigned 90-day window, you may request a one-time 90-day extension (fees apply). Candidates must cancel any existing appointment with the computer company PSI no later than 48 hours prior to your exam date.  Once cancellation is confirmed you may request an extension with MSNCB.  Learn more about extensions.

Candidates who miss their exam appointment cannot reschedule or apply for an extension and instead must reapply.

MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program™ candidates are not eligible for an extension.

Pencil and Paper (P&P) Exam Testing

CMSRN exams are administered as P&P two times a year with limited sites.

Exam Permit

You may apply one month prior to deadlines and will receive your exam permit approximately 2 weeks prior to the exam date. If you do not have your exam permit 1 week prior to the exam date, contact C-NET immediately at 800-463-0786, ext. 11.
P&P candidates must bring the permit on the day of the exam.


Results of the exam are provided approximately 8 weeks after the exam date by mail.

Reschedule and Extension

P&P candidates cannot reschedule or extend their testing.

Transferring Exam Formats:  Candidates may request a transfer from one exam format to the other during P&P open registration. Limitations apply. Transfer requests may be sent to msncb@msncb.org.

Exam Dates and Locations

CBT Exam Dates (Computer Based Testing)

Choose from over 230+ nationwide testing centers.

Nationwide Paper & Pencil Exam Dates

Exam Date
Application Postmark Deadline Date
May 19, 2018
8 AM - 12 Noon
20+ nationwide sites
Special Site arrangements available
March 15

October 13, 2018
8 AM - 12 Noon
40+ nationwide sites
Special Site arrangements available
August 15

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Special Exam Dates (Paper & Pencil)

Learn more about the process of creating a temporary exam site and the Special Test Site application with our testing agency C-NET. Special Test Site Information and Application