Log in to the CPNE Portal
(must be CPNE eligible and have a MyExcelsior account):

Enter the CPNE Portal

Once logged in, you will have access to all of the items listed on the CPNE® Learning Resources tab above.

School of Nursing: CPNE®

CPNE® Application & Payment

After you become CPNE-eligible and have selected a test site (login required), do the following to apply for your CPNE:

  • Gather the required documents
  • Review the cost and payment options
  • Apply online for your exam

Required Documents

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.

Cost and Payment

Please visit the Costs & Financing page for Nurses to see the most current CPNE fee.

Fee shown is for the exam only. Other associated expenses such as books and study resources, or travel, lodging, or providing any required documentation or background checks, are additional. Payment plans are available.


Pay by credit card during the online application process. You may pay in full, or use our CPNE Payment Plan to budget automatic payments from your checking or savings account. Download the CPNE Payment Plan brochure (PDF) for viewing purposes only.

Third Party Payments

If a third party will be covering all or part of your CPNE fee they will need to provide us with a purchase order or other document for our billing purposes. The document should contain the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your Excelsior College student ID number or your Social Security Number
  • How much of the CPNE fee the third party payer is agreeing to pay
  • Name and address of the organization/company, and the name of the contact person to which the invoice should be sent

Send the completed document to our Bursar's Office by one of the following:

  1. Fax: 518-464-8700
  2. Email: 3rdpartybilling@excelsior.edu
  3. Mail: Excelsior College Bursar's Office
    7 Columbia Circle
    Albany, NY 12203
    Attn: Third Party Billing
    • Your online application and supporting documents will be reviewed 7-10 business days after submission.
    • It takes a minimum of two months to receive a test date.
    • Your scheduled test date will be 3-8 months from the date your complete application has been accepted by your chosen Regional Performance Assessment Center (RPAC).
    • Choosing multiple test sites within an RPAC may decrease your wait time.
    • An incomplete application will take longer to process.

We will email you when the third party billing is ready, and you may then complete the online application.

Apply Online

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.

CPNE Online Application

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

If you transfer between RPACs there is a $100 administrative fee in addition to the cancel/reschedule fees outlined above.

Exceptions to this policy will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the RPAC Director.


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Email: Admissions@excelsior.edu

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