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Exam Competencies and Blueprints

The CNA Certification Program has created a detailed list of competencies and a blueprint for each exam. They describe the specific knowledge and skills that you will be tested on for each exam. (Several general competencies that will apply to all exams were also recently developed.)

The list of specific exam competencies explains the knowledge, skills, judgment and attributes expected of a CNA-certified nurse. The exam will test you on these competencies to assess your ability to practise safely and ethically in your nursing specialty.

The exam blueprint will indicate the percentage of questions dedicated to each competency category.

Understanding the competencies and blueprint will help you decide how much to review and which areas to concentrate on as you prepare for the exam.

The list of competencies and blueprint are contained in one document for each specialty. Please review carefully.

Cardiovascular Nursing [PDF, 640 KB]
Community Health Nursing [PDF, 289.2 KB]
Critical Care Nursing [PDF, 406.4 KB]
Critical Care Pediatric Nursing [PDF, 362.1 KB]
Emergency Nursing [PDF, 326.5 KB]
Gerontological Nursing for RNs [PDF, 210.6 KB]
Gerontological Nursing for LPNs/RPNs [PDF, 424 KB]
Hospice Palliative Care Nursing [PDF, 510.9 KB]
Medical-Surgical Nursing for RNs [PDF, 353.3 KB]
Medical-Surgical Nursing for LPNs/RPNs [PDF, 465.1 KB]
Neonatal Nursing [PDF, 167.8 KB]
Nephrology Nursing [PDF, 534.6 KB]
Occupational Health Nursing [PDF, 545.4 KB]
Oncology Nursing [PDF, 515.5 KB]
Pediatric Nursing [PDF, 488.3 KB]
Perinatal Nursing [PDF, 562.9 KB]
Perioperative Nursing [PDF, 302.7 KB]
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing [PDF, 526.2 KB]
Wound, Ostomy and Continence [PDF, 484.2 KB]