Excelsior College Nursing Exams

Nursing Exam Choices

Excelsior College® Examinations (ECEs) in Nursing Theory

The Excelsior College Examinations in Nursing Theory serve as the primary method of documenting the required theoretical knowledge in the program’s nursing component. They assess essential knowledge of medical, surgical, maternity, pediatric, and psychiatric nursing as integrated with knowledge related to growth and development, nutrition and pharmacology, ethical and legal issues, and arts and sciences.

Associate degree examinations

Bachelor's degree examinations


Focused Clinical Competencies Assessment® (FCCA®)

To be eligible for the FCCA you will need to complete all Nursing Theory exams and be within 10 General Education credits of completing your degree. The FCCA is graded as Pass/Fail and is worth four credits when passed.

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Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination CPNE®

The CPNE is a skill-based assessment designed to measure a student's ability to demonstrate the expected behaviors and skills of a beginning-level associate-prepared nurse. The exam evaluates a student's application of the nursing process and nursing-practice technical components in the care of adults and children who are experiencing potential, actual, and/or recurring health problems requiring maintenance and restorative interventions. Critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, use of knowledge from nursing and related disciplines, effectiveness of interventions, and standards of care are measured in this exam.

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Other Nursing exams, not designed specifically for Excelsior's Nursing programs, and available to learners outside the Nursing programs, are part of the UExcel credit-by-exam program.

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