Credit for Nursing Certifications

Excelsior College will award nursing elective bachelor’s degree credits for these certifications:



Elective Credits

AACN Certification Corporation

Certification for Adult Critical Care Nurses (CCRN Adult)

Certification for Neonatal Critical Care Nurse (CCRN Neonatal)

Certification for Pediatric Critical Care Nurses (CCRN Pediatric)

Certification for Progressive Care Nurses (PCCN)





American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN)*

Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN®)


American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. ABPANC

Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN)
Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA)


American Board of Wound Management (ABWM)

Certified Wound Specialist (CWS®)


American Nurses Credentialing Center

Certified Gerontological (ADN) Nurse
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Generalist


Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing*

Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN)


Competency and Credentialing Institute

Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR)


Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board

Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN)


National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses

Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN)


Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC)

Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBNC®)


Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN)


Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse Certification Board

Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN)
Certified Ostomy Care Nurse (COCN)
Certified Continence Care Nurse (CCCN)



* 2 additional nursing elective credits will be awarded to students holding more than one CCRN certification (adult, pediatric, neonatal). For example, a student may be awarded four credits for the first certification and two credits for each subsequent certification.
‡5 nursing elective credits will be awarded to students holding both CPAN and CAPA certifications.

To receive degree credit for any of the above nursing certifications, written verification must be submitted by the certification board to Excelsior College. This must be submitted on the certification board's official letterhead and signed by an appropriate official at the certification board stating:

  • Your full name
  • Your birth day and month or last four digits of your SSN
  • The test you took to earn certification and how long your certification is valid

The letter must be sent in a sealed envelope from the certification board directly to:

Excelsior College
Records Office
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203

Upon receipt, the Records Office will verify the authenticity of the documentation and, once approved, will submit the letter to your academic advisor to update your records. You can expect to receive an updated status report within 4 to 6 weeks after the receipt of the letter.

Please contact your academic advisor if you have any further questions:

  • Toll free: 888-647-2388 ext. 1314

* Students wishing to receive credit from the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing or Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing should request that their documentation is submitted electronically through

VA Scholarship Program

Scholarships by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for enrolled Excelsior associate, combined Bachelor's-Master's, and Master of Science in nursing students.

Project LEARN

Your hospital or healthcare facility can partner with us to provide your nurses with improved access to nursing degrees through Project LEARN.

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