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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.

FCCA Term Date Schedules

FCCA Term Schedules

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. 

Spring Trimester 2019

Start date
End date
Register Between
Comprehensive Exam
Week 8
Spring I term (8 weeks)
Jan. 14, 2019
Mar. 10, 2019
Nov. 2, 2018 - Jan. 14, 2019
Mar. 4 - 10, 2019
Spring II term (8 weeks)
Mar. 11, 2019
May 5, 2019
Jan. 25 - Mar. 11, 2019 April 29 - May 5, 2019

Summer Trimester 2019

Start date
End date
Register Between
Comprehensive Exam
Week 8
Summer I term (8 weeks)
May 6, 2019
June 30, 2019 Mar. 22 - June 30, 2019 June 24 - 30, 2019
Summer II term (8 weeks)
July 1, 2019
Aug. 25, 2019
May 17 - July 1, 2019 Aug. 19 - 25, 2019

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

Catalog: Nursing

Nursing Catalog

Review degree requirements, learning outcomes, course descriptions, and more in the Nursing Catalog.

Important Info About Test Preparation Providers

Beware of Test Preparation Providers!

Excelsior College does not contract with or endorse the services of, or study materials sold by, any test preparation providers. Be cautious of anyone selling test preparation services or materials; whatever they may say to you, they are not affiliated with Excelsior College. As an enrolled student, you'll be guided to the right learning resources and services. Learn more.

Contact: Contact Your Academic Advisor

Questions? Contact Your Academic Advisor

Visit your My Advising Team page in MyExcelsior.

Accreditation: Nursing Specialized Accreditation

Specialized Nursing Accreditation

The associate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs in nursing at Excelsior College are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The ACEN is a specialized accrediting agency for nursing recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Recognition: Nursing

Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

The National League for Nursing (NLN) designated Excelsior College's School of Nursing a 2016-2021 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, for the fourth consecutive time, in recognition of the School's sustained achievements in creating environments that promote student learning and professional development.