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CNA Certification Program

Care to Be the Best!

CNA certification is a nationally recognized nursing specialty credential for registered nurses. The first certification exam, offered in 1991, was in neuroscience nursing. Today, nearly 17,000 RNs are CNA certified in one of 20 specialties.

Certified RNs are…

  • Recognized nationally for their practice excellence and commitment to lifelong learning
  • Valued by employers, because their certification demonstrates specialized knowledge and brings many benefits to organizations
  • Viewed as having enhanced professional credibility

CNA certification news

Important dates

2017

Initial or renewal by exam

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Spring Jan. 3 – March 1 May 1 – 15 June
Fall June 1 – September 15 — New extended date!  Nov. 1 – 15 Dec.

Renewal by continuous learning (CL)

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Renewal by CL Jan. 3 – Nov. 30

Please note: All certifications set to expire in 2017 are valid until December 31, 2017.

2018

Initial or renewal by exam

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Spring Jan. 10 – March 1 May 1 – 15 June
Fall June 1 – September 10  Nov. 1 – 15 Dec.

Renewal by continuous learning (CL)

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Renewal by CL Jan. 10 – Nov. 1

Please note: All certifications set to expire in 2018 are valid until December 31, 2018.