Acute Care CPNP Exam Schedule Updates & Resources

AC Exam Updates
Special timelines for the CPNP-AC exam continue to be in effect. See updates and FAQs here.

Acute Care CPNP Exam Schedule Updates & Resources

Special testing windows are in effect for the CPNP-AC exam. Scroll down to see current and future testing window information. Please contact PNCB at with any questions. 


Candidate Information

Available testing windows and eligibility notification for current CPNP-AC exam candidates: Candidates with completed applications will be emailed an eligibility notification with next steps in scheduling their exam. CPNP-AC exam candidates may test one time only during each testing window.

Results notification update: For each of these windows below, preliminary unofficial results will be available onscreen at the testing center (with no printout). Official results will be emailed within 2-3 weeks.

Application deadline note: A complete application includes our online form with payment and final official transcript. Transcript not final? The 30-day transcript exception policies are still in effect.

Testing Window Start & End Dates Deadline for Complete Application

June 15, 2022 through August 15, 2022

Apply March 25 through 5pm ET on July 30, 2022

October 15, 2022 through December 15, 2022

Apply July 31 through 5pm ET on December 1, 2022


For questions not addressed below, please contact

A: “Transcript not final” exceptions are still bound by the official Board policy. If the final degree or certificate will be conferred within 30 days of graduation, then the student is not eligible for the “transcript not final” exception. See transcript not final policy infographic.

A: Each application will be reviewed for eligibility as quickly as possible. There will not be an expedited option.

A: The content outline/test blueprint is your #1 tool to start your study. It describes all subject areas covered by the exam and questions per category. PNCB certification exams are comprehensive tests, so be sure to study all areas of the content outline.

A: No, currently only 1 attempt is available per person per testing window.

A: Please see the above for deadlines. 

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