The Benefits of Certification

Being certified sends a message that a nurse has specialty knowledge beyond RN licensure. Board certification may benefit nurses with increased compensation, enhanced career mobility, and recognition of validated expertise by employers, colleagues, and patients and their families.

By the Numbers

Certification helps you stand out on the floor, when seeking a promotion, and if job hunting. New research initiatives are working to show evidence of how certification is linked to better patient care. The public is becoming more aware of certification. See the Certified Nurses are Everywhere campaign>>

For more about how certification makes a difference read why one nurse decided to become certified in her own words.

Excelsior College Credit

CPN® certification is worth three baccalaureate nursing degree credits at Excelsior College, a leader in distance education. Excelsior's School of Nursing received the 2006 Best School Award by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) and was ranked ninth nationally by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education for the number of Hispanics receiving nursing degrees. Our CPN® exam has been recognized for academic credit by Excelsior's School of Nursing since 1998. Visit Excelsior's School of Nursing webpage for more details. To receive Excelsior degree credit, please save and complete our CPN Verification Form.

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PNCB-certified nursing professionals work in a variety of roles and settings throughout the U.S. and beyond.
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