Focused Clinical Competencies Assessment®

The Focused Clinical Competencies Assessment (FCCA) is a computer-delivered simulated clinical assessment in which you demonstrate your ability to apply nursing knowledge and make nursing judgments about patient care.

Completing this assessment permits you to transition from nursing theory exams/courses to the Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination® (CPNE).

The Excelsior College Learning Management System delivers the FCCA as two separate 8-week online assessments. Each assessment may be taken alone (one per term) OR both may be taken during the same term:

  • FCCA #274A: Head-to-Toe Assessment and Nursing Process
  • FCCA #274C: Managing Multiple Patients / Working with Interdisciplinary Teams.

Note: The FCCA is not a course and its purpose is not to teach. You must complete each online assessment independently; collaboration is not permitted.


You’ll become eligible to take the FCCA when you’ve successfully completed all 8 of the nursing theory requirements, submitted a new Verification of Health Care Experience (VHCE) form, and when you’ve completed 21 of the 31 required general education credits. The VHCE form expires 3 months after the date of your supervisor’s signature. You should consult with the academic advising team regarding the VHCE form.

Once you’re eligible, you will have access to the FCCA Review Guide, found on the My Details tab of your MyExcelsior portal.


The FCCA is offered during the 8-week term dates listed. The Comprehensive exam is only available during week 8. You must be available during week 8 of the term.

Register by the start date of the term in you intend to begin the FCCA.

FALL TRIMESTER 2019 Start date End date Register Between Comprehensive Exam
Week 8
Fall I term (8 weeks) Aug. 26, 2019 Oct. 20, 2019 July 12 – Aug. 26, 2019 Oct. 14 – 20, 2019
Fall II term (8 weeks) Oct. 21, 2019 Dec. 15, 2019 Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2019 Dec. 9 – 15, 2019
SPRING TRIMESTER 2020 Start date End date Register Between Comprehensive Exam
Week 8
Spring I term (8 weeks) Jan. 13, 2020 Mar. 8, 2020 Dec. 2, 2019 – Jan. 13, 2020 Mar. 2 – 8, 2020
Spring II term (8 weeks) Mar. 9, 2020 May 3, 2020 Jan. 27 – Mar. 9, 2020 April 27 – May 3, 2020
SUMMER TRIMESTER 2020 Start date End date Register Between Comprehensive Exam
Week 8
Summer I term (8 weeks) May 4, 2020 June 28, 2020 Mar. 23 – May 4, 2020 June 22 – 28, 2020
Summer II term (8 weeks) June 29, 2020 Aug. 23, 2020 May 18 – June 29, 2020 Aug. 17 – 23, 2020


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