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Gather the documents listed below and submit them as file attachments as you apply online. Acceptable file formats for attachment include the following: gif, jpg, jpe, jfif, jif, tiff, and tif. If you do not have access to a scanner at home or work, ask a friend or relative, or try a local copy center or library.
You must submit a copy of the front and back of your current CPR card, which must also be valid through the time of your scheduled CPNE test date. All online CPR certifications must be validated with hands on skills by a certified instructor of that course.
Students preparing for the CPNE are required to obtain a criminal background check* and submit the results to the School of Nursing. The School of Nursing will provide written verification for all students who have been successfully cleared by a criminal background check to the clinical agency. If the student has been convicted of a felony, student suitability for clinical placement will be determined by the clinical agency, the Dean, or designee of the School of Nursing.
Ordering Your Background Check
Purchase your background check through CertifiedBackground.com and submit the results electronically during the CPNE application process.
Once your order is submitted, the results will be available in approximately 48-72 hours. You will receive a password via email to view the results on their secure Web site. Download and attach the results to your CPNE application.
Costs and Package Codes
The cost of the background check depends upon which RPAC you apply to, and you will need the Package Code corresponding to your chosen RPAC when you order your background check.
MPAC and NPAC sites: Cost is $12 and the Package Code is XC39
SPAC sites: Cost is $52* and the Package Code is XC39-1. SPAC requires a more in-depth background check. If you intend to test at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Georgia, contact the SPAC office before completing your criminal background check.
*The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) Standard HR.1.20 states, “for staff, students, and volunteers who work in the same capacity as staff who provide care, treatment, and services…criminal background checks are verified when required by law and regulation and organizational policy.” It further states that “The student’s educational institutions must certify that there is nothing in the student’s background which would render him/her unsuitable for an assignment in a health care setting.” A felony conviction may disqualify a student from clinical placement.
You must submit a good quality passport size (2 x 2 inches), head and shoulder photo of yourself.
If you need help with the photo, you can get a passport-size photo taken many places, including portrait studios of chain stores such as Wal-Mart, Sears, and JCPenny.
All applicants must complete and submit the Clinical Performance Examination Health Status Report (PDF) within one year prior to the scheduled exam date.
Cost and Payment
Review exam fees on the Fees and Tuition page under the Associate Nursing tab. Note: fees shown are for the exams only. Other associated expenses such as books and study resources, or travel, lodging, or providing any required documentation or background checks, are additional.
Third Party Payments
Send the completed document to our Bursar's Office by one of the following:
• Fax: 518-464-8700
We will email you when the third party billing is ready, and you may then complete the online application.
When you have all your required documents ready to attach as electronic files (gif, jpg, or tif), go to the CPNE Online Application to apply.
Your confirmation packet and any site specific documents will be sent to your My Message Center 7 -10 business days after you receive your test date and location.
Cancellation & Site Transfers
Contact For Enrolled Students
CPNE Advisement Appointments
888-647-2388 ext. 1316
Contact Your Advisor
888-647-2388 ext. 1314
NCLEX-RN and Licensure
Visit our NCLEX and Licensure page for information about the NCLEX-RN exam and the licensure process.