School of Nursing: CPNE®
CPNE® Learning Resources
The Excelsior College website contains all the information concerning the available resources needed to support CPNE® eligible students study and practice for successful completion of the CPNE®. CPNE® eligible students may access the most current resources available electronically and/or via telephone as listed below.
Enter the CPNE Portal to access these resources.
The CPNE® Study Guide is sent to students on CD when CPNE® eligibility requirements are met. Access to the CPNE® Study Guide is also available on the web, which is in PDF format.
- Online conferences. Online conferences are offered to assist students preparing for the CPNE®
- Workshop. Focuses on the skills the student performs during the CPNE®. The workshop provides an opportunity for live practice with nursing faculty.
- Study Materials. Prepare for the CPNE® utilizing the CPNE® Preparation DVD and interactive workbook, flash cards, and practice skill kit.
Offered at no additional cost to CPNE® eligible students
Students can email questions about the CPNE® content and process to the CPNE® faculty through the MyExcelsior Community message center. Click on "Compose Message" and select CPNE® under "Office" and then "CPNE-AD Programs" from the drop down box.
The Excelsior College Associate Degree Nursing Faculty have developed PCS scenarios to provide you with an opportunity to practice writing a nursing care plan as well as documenting narrative notes for the assigned areas of care indicated on each patient PCS Assignment Kardex.
To schedule an individual telephone appointment with a nursing faculty call the AD Nursing Office at 888-647-2388 (ext. 1314 or 1316).
A listing of the current required and additional textbooks can be found at the Excelsior College bookstore. You may order any of these books directly from MBS Direct Book Store.
Using the textbooks you purchased to prepare for the theory examinations, review theory and principles which will support your successful performance of the critical elements for the CPNE® in the PCS and Nursing Skills Laboratory components. Making sound nursing judgment and clinical decisions to apply the nursing process in the CPNE® will require that you practice from a current knowledge base. Textbooks published more than five years ago may not contain the most current practice and standards of care information. Although it is not necessary to purchase multiple copies of textbooks covering the same content, you should arrange for access to a wide variety of recent and/or current resources as needed.
Organize your books and resources into a personal library. As you prepare for the CPNE®, the minimum required and recommended references in your personal library should include content in the following areas:
- Fundamentals in Nursing
- Medical-Surgical Nursing
- Maternal-Child Nursing textbooks
- Nursing Diagnosis pocket-sized book
- Nursing Drug Guide
- Medical Dictionary
- Psychiatric Nursing
- Drug Calculations
You may have already obtained some of the above textbook resources as you prepared for your theory exams. To view and order the most current editions of the required and recommended textbook resources for the CPNE® can be found at the Excelsior College Bookstore.
Other destinations students may want to visit include
Complete fee schedule for Undergraduate Programs including CPNE® is listed here.
Access library resources and librarian assistance.
Interact academically and socially with fellow students.
Students can participate in nursing discussion boards and access PCS Scenarios for practice.
For additional assistance or information on any of the following learning resources, including dates and locations offered, call the LEARN office at 1-888-647-2388 ext 314 or 1316.