School of Nursing: CPNE®
CPNE® Application & Payment
- Gather the required documents
- Review the cost and payment options
- Apply online for the exam
Gather the documents listed below, scan them, and submit them as file attachments to the online application. Acceptable file formats for attachment include the following: gif, jpg, jpe, jfif, jif, tiff, and tif. Scan the documents at home or work, ask a friend or relative to help, or try a local copy center or library.
Students must submit a copy of the front and back of their current CPR card with holder's signature. The card must also be valid through the time of the scheduled CPNE test date.
CPR cards will not be accepted if the course name is not listed below.
| The American Red Cross (E-Certificates accepted) || American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) |
| The Canadian Red Cross || The National Safety Council |
| The American Heart Association (E-Certificates accepted) || Military Training Network (MTN) |
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. Misdemeanor or felony convictions could jeopardize a student's ability to be placed at a clinical site.
- The background check must be no more than 2 years old
- Students who had a background check more than 2 years ago will have to complete another
- Some clinical testing locations may require specific background checks and/or drug screening.
You must submit a good quality passport size (2 x 2 inches), head and shoulder photo of yourself.
The U.S. Department of State's Composition Checklist page shows examples.
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 Walgreens Wal-Mart, Sears, and JCPenny.
Students will be required to have a healthcare provider complete the CPNE Health Status Report (provided in the CPNE portal) to include with their CPNE application.
Cost and Payment
Please visit the Costs & Financing page for Nurses for current fee information (see under "Associate Degrees" header).
Tuition shown is for exam only.
- The CPNE is 8 credits and tuition is based on the cost/credit at the time the CPNE application is submitted.
- Students are responsible for all expenses (travel, hotel, meals, etc.) to attend the CPNE.
- Students are responsible for costs associated with the purchase of textbooks and fee for service learning resources.
Tuition and expenses are subject to change without notice.
Payment plans are available.
Pay by credit card during the online application process. Pay in full, or use our CPNE Payment Plan to budget automatic payments from a 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 the CPNE tuition a paper applicataion is required. The third party will need to provide Excelsior College with a purchase order or other document for billing purposes. The document should contain the following:
- Student name
- Excelsior College ID number
- 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:
- Fax: 518-464-8700
- Email: email@example.com
Excelsior College Bursar's Office
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203
Attn: Third Party Billing
Notification will be sent when the third party billing is ready, and the online application may then be completed.
Application Processing and Scheduling
- The online application and supporting documents will be reviewed 7-10 business days after submission.
- It takes an average of 5-7 months to receive a confirmed test date.
- The scheduled test date will be 7-12 months from the date the application has been verified as complete.
- Choosing multiple test sites may decrease the wait time.
- An incomplete application will take longer to process.
When all required documents are ready to attach as electronic files (gif, jpg, jpe, jfif, jif, tiff, or tif), go to the CPNE Online Application to apply (login required).
Decline, Cancel, Postpone, or Reschedule CPNE Date
- The first CPNE date may be declined without penalty; fees will be assessed for additional declinations.
- Requests to cancel a CPNE date must be made in writing and submitted via message center to CPNE-Inquiry.
- Students are permitted to decline, cancel, or postpone 2 CPNE dates using the same CPNE application. If necessary to cancel a third CPNE date, the application will be closed and tuition refunded less any late/administrative fees.
Administrative Fees Associated with Declining, Cancelling, Postponing, or Rescheduling CPNE Date
NUMBER OF DAYS BEFORE CPNE
45 calendar days or more
30–44 calendar days
21–29 calendar days
14–20 calendar days
0–13 calendar days
Equivalent to entire CPNE tuition
First declination of a CPNE date does not incur a fee.
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