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(must be CPNE eligible and have a MyExcelsior account):

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

School of Nursing: CPNE®

Our current list of testing locations.

Availability of locations subject to change.

Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, NY

Aurora Medical Center in Summit, Summit, WI

Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, PA

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Scottish Rite, Atlanta, GA*

Christus Spohn Hospital, Alice, TX

Covenant Health, Lubbock, TX

Faxton-St. Lukes Healthcare, New Hartford (Utica), NY

Glens Falls Hospital, Glens Falls, NY

Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA*

Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, GA*

NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, Flushing, NY*

Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA*

Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY*

Southern Regional Medical Center, Riverdale, GA*

St. Peter's Hospital, Albany, NY

Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse, NY

*These hospitals require additional fees for credentialing, background checks, and/or drug screening. Please message CPNE-Inquiry for more information.

Keep these details in mind:

  • Choosing at least 3 testing locations is strongly encouraged; fewer than 3 locations may increase the wait time.
  • At some testing locations the Skills Labs and pediatric populations may be in another building.
  • Directions to testing locations and information about hotel and lodging will be available in the confirmation materials once the CPNE date is scheduled.
  • Students will need to make all lodging and travel arrangements.
  • Plan to arrive the day before the scheduled examination 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.

Travel Suggestions:

  • 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; 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.
  • Students 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

Excelsior College
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-5159

Toll free: 888-647-2388 ext. 1312
Fax: 518-464-8665
MyExcelsior Message Center: Compose message
for CPNE Inquiry


Chat, call or email us with your questions about our programs.

Email Admissions

888-647-2388 ext. 21

Call or email us with your questions about our programs.

Email Admissions

888-647-2388 ext. 22

Test Preparation Advisory

Test Preparation Advisory

Preparation for Excelsior College® Examinations, though based on independent study, is supported by Excelsior College with a comprehensive set of exam learning resources and services designed to help you succeed.

These learning resources are prepared by Excelsior College so you can be assured that they are current and cover the content you are expected to master for the exams. These resources, and your desire to learn, are usually all that you will need to succeed.

There are test-preparation companies that will offer to help you study for our examinations. Some may imply a relationship with Excelsior College and/or make claims that their products and services are all that you need to prepare for our examinations.

Excelsior College is not affiliated with any test preparation firm and does not endorse the products or services of these companies. No test preparation vendor is authorized to provide admissions counseling or academic advising services, or to collect any payments, on behalf of Excelsior College. Excelsior College does not send authorized representatives to a student's home.

Depending upon your individual learning style and needs, you may consider using the services and products of a test preparation vendor to help you prepare for an Excelsior College Examination. Some students have found such materials beneficial while others have not. The decision to purchase the services and products of any of these vendors is entirely up to you.

Excelsior College does not review the materials provided by test preparation companies for content or compatibility with Excelsior College Examinations.

To help you become a well-informed consumer we suggest that you consider the following before making any purchase decision regarding study materials provided by organizations other than Excelsior College.

Does the company:

  • Clearly articulate that it is an independent business enterprise, separate from Excelsior College, and that it is not a degree granting institution?
  • Clearly inform you that the products and services it provides have not been reviewed, nor are they endorsed, by Excelsior College?
  • Openly indicate that it is not an agent of Excelsior College, that it is not authorized to provide admissions counseling or academic advising regarding Excelsior's degree requirements, and that all its costs and fees are separate from those you will pay to the College?
  • Have a record of unresolved complaints/disputes with consumer protection agencies, nursing boards, attorneys general offices, or other similar organizations?
  • Require clients to commit to long-term, binding contracts to access its products and services?
  • Provide data to substantiate the satisfaction of its clients with its products and services?

We have been made aware of several recent incidents in which a test-preparation firm has contacted an Excelsior College student requesting access to their Excelsior College Examinations ® preparatory materials, including practice exams. Sharing learning resources with a test-preparation firm is a clear violation of the academic honesty code. Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty at Excelsior College will be subject to disciplinary action.

If you are approached by any individual or third-party about sharing any Excelsior College provided study materials, please contact us at PR (at) excelsior.edu.