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CPNE: Application Intro

The CPNE® Application Process

You can apply for your CPNE test date once you're eligible. You'll need to have a healthcare provider complete the CPNE Health Status Report (provided in the CPNE portal) to include with your CPNE application.

Your application and supporting documents will be reviewed within 7-10 business days.

When you become eligible for the CPNE you can access the CPNE portal:

Log Into the CPNE Portal

Waiting Period 

Students wait an average of 12 months before receiving a confirmed CPNE test date. Your actual test date will fall 7-12 months from the date your application is complete.

Wait times for CPNE® testing sites vary due to different application volumes. If your application is incomplete your wait time will increase. You may decrease your wait time by choosing multiple test sites.

Need to Cancel or Reschedule?

You can decline your first CPNE test date without penalty. Subsequent declinations, cancellations, or postponements requests will incur a fee and must be sent in writing to CPNE-Inquiry through the MyExcelsior message center.

You may decline, cancel, or postpone up to two CPNE test dates based on the same CPNE application. If you need to reschedule a third time, your tuition will be refunded (less any cancellation fees) and you'll need to reapply to be assigned a new test date.

CPNE application information

CPNE: Required Documents

Required Documents

You'll need to attach scanned copies of the following documents to your CPNE application. Acceptable file formats include: gif, jpg, jpe, jfif, jif, tiff, and tif.

Submit a copy of the front and back of your current CPR card with holder's signature. Your card must be valid the date of your scheduled CPNE test. If you've completed an online CPR course, your skills must be validated by an instructor. Excelsior accepts CPR cards for completion of the following courses:

Approved Courses

The American Red Cross (E-Certificates accepted)
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer/HCP
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Instructor/HCP
  • CPR/AED for Healthcare Providers/HCP
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare
American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI)
  • CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer
  • CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer Instructor
  • CPR Pro for Healthcare Providers and First Responders
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers and First Responders
  • BLS Instructor
  • BLS
  • BLS & Advanced First Aid
  • ASHI ALCS
  • ASHI ALCS Instructor
The Canadian Red Cross
  • CPR level HCP (new)
The National Safety Council
  • Professional Rescuer CPR
  • Professional Rescuer CPR Instructor
  • CPR for Healthcare Providers
  • CPR for Healthcare Providers Instructor
  • BLS Healthcare Provider
  • BLS Healthcare and Professional Rescuers
The American Heart Association (E-Certificates accepted)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers (HCP)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Instructor
  • ACLS Certified
  • ACLS Instructor
Military Training Network (MTN)
  • ACLS Provider
  • ACLS Training Site Faculty
  • Healthcare Provider
  • BLS Training Site Faculty

Before taking the CPNE, you’re required to obtain a criminal background check and submit the results to Excelsior College. You’ll receive written verification when you’re cleared to take the CPNE at clinical administration sites.

If your background check was documented more than 2 years ago, you’ll need to obtain and submit a new report.

Some clinical testing locations may require specific background checks and/or drug screening. Note that misdemeanor or felony convictions may jeopardize your ability to receive clearance.

You must submit a quality, passport-size (2 x 2 inches) photo of yourself that includes your head and shoulders. View examples on the U.S. Department of State websiteIf necessary, have your photo taken at portrait studios of stores such as Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Sears, and JCPenny.

Have your health care provider complete the CPNE Health Status Report (download from the CPNE portal) and submit it with your CPNE application.

CPNE: Pass Rates

CPNE and NCLEX Pass Rates

View pass rates for the CPNE and National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN®). Note: If you don't pass your initial CPNE, you'll need to retake and pass all portions of a subsequent exam to complete your associate nursing program at Excelsior College. In this scenario, you're responsible for payment of all fees and expenses related to the retake.

Important Info About Test Preparation Providers

Beware of Test Preparation Providers!

Excelsior College does not contract with or endorse the services of, or study materials sold by, any test preparation providers. Be cautious of anyone selling test preparation services or materials; whatever they may say to you, they are not affiliated with Excelsior College. As an enrolled student, you'll be guided to the right learning resources and services. Learn more.

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