School of Nursing: CPNE®
Locations are subject to change.
Keep these details in mind:
- We strongly encourage you to pick no fewer than 3 test sites. Choosing multiple sites may decrease your wait time
- At some test sites you will need to walk distances as some Skills Labs and pediatric patient populations may be in another building.
- Directions to your test site facilities and information about hotel and lodging accommodations near your test site are included in the confirmation materials you will receive after you are scheduled.
- You will need to make all lodging and travel arrangements yourself.
- Arrive the day before the first day of testing to avoid missing the exam in the event of travel delays.
- Certain testing locations require additional credentials, documentation and/or drug screening. Please contact CPAC for additional information.
- A list of lodging and other travel considerations will be included in the confirmation packet.
- Make travel arrangements (hotel, airline, etc.) promptly upon receiving CPNE date.
- Plan to arrive in the test site city the day before the examination and depart several hours after the end of the exam; exam ends approximately 5-6 pm.
- Hotels may provide shuttle service; you should inquire when making hotel reservations.
- The CPNE is rarely cancelled due to inclement weather. Add additional travel time to accommodate bad weather conditions, especially if traveling during winter months.
- Contact the CPNE office immediately in the event of any travel delays.
- You are not permitted to enter nursing units until the PCS portion of the CPNE.
Contact Info for CPNE Performance Assessment Center (CPAC)
Jennifer Cole, Director of Operations, CPNE
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-5159
Toll free: 888-647-2388 ext. 1312
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