About the CNS-CP Exam

About the CNS-CP Exam

Certification is the formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills, and experiences demonstrated by the achievement of standards specified by an agency association.  

CCI offers the Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative Certification Exam (CNS-CP) for masters-prepared Clinical Nurse Specialists. We offer this credential to recognize the important role CNSs have in delivering safe patient care.

Specialty certification helps bridge the gap between initial certification as an APRN and specialty practice. The CNS-CP credential:

  • Validates perioperative competency at an advanced practice level.
  • Positions the CNS for future developments in advanced practice.
  • Meets Consensus Model guidelines.

CNS-CP certification validates the achievement of the CNS who has chosen to seek current proficiency as an advanced practice nurse practicing in the perioperative (pre-, intra-, and post-operative) setting. This specialty certification is in addition to, not in place of, primary population-focused certification.  

Upon successful completion of the exam, the CNS-CP credential is awarded for a five year period. Certification will expire on December 31st of the fifth year. 

CNS-CP Candidate Handbook

The CNS-CP Candidate Handbook contains important information about the CNS-CP exam, including subject areas to be tested, sample questions, policies, and the job analysis. The CNS-CP Job Analysis details the tasks performed by perioperative nurses and the knowledge and skills required to complete those tasks and, as a result, it is the basis for the CNS-CP exam. All candidates should review the CNS-CP Candidate Handbook, as it is an invaluable resources in preparing for the CNS-CP examination.

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