Eligibility Requirements & Supporting Documents

After you submit your online application, PNCB reviews it within an average of 2 weeks to determine eligibility status. Once eligibility is determined, you will receive approval and scheduling notification from PNCB via email and postcard informing you of your assigned 90-day testing window. Schedule your exam promptly with Prometric after you receive notification so you can secure your preferred test date, time, and location within your 90-day window. Learn more about timelines.

CPN Eligibility Requirements To Be Met Before You Apply Online
1. Licensure Requirement Current, active, unrestricted, Registered Nurse (RN) license in the U.S., Canada, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands or the U.S. Virgin Islands at the time of application.

Eligible RNs may have a diploma, associate's degree, BSN, masters or doctoral nursing degree. In the application, you will note degree held; please do not send a transcript.
2. Experience Requirement Documentation of 1800 hours of pediatric clinical practice within the past 24-month period as an RN in a pediatric nursing specialty.


A minimum of 5 years as an RN in pediatric nursing and 3,000 hours in pediatric nursing within the last 5 years with a minimum of 1000 hours within the past 24 months. (Use this option only if unable to meet option 1 above.)

Pediatric nursing experience includes direct patient care and/or teaching, administration, clinical research, school-based care, home health care, or consultation in pediatric nursing. The required experience must have taken place in a U.S., Canadian, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands or the U.S. Virgin Islands facility/location. Practice hour requirements must be met at time of application.

Hours earned in a pediatric nursing residency program count.
Supporting Documents to Complete Your Online Application
Special Accommodations Form Required only if you have a disability covered by the ADA Act and need accommodations during testing. Indicate your need for accommodations on the online application and promptly submit the form below.
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