About the Exam

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The Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®) credential recognizes that the highest standards of medical-surgical nursing practice have been achieved. You can become certified by successfully completing the CMSRN examination which validates proficiency in medical-surgical nursing. Use the links to the left to learn more about the exam content and procedures.

The CMSRN exam is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).

Exam Formats

The exam is offered as both paper and pencil (P&P) and computer-based testing (CBT) formats. The P&P exam is offered twice a year in May and October nationwide. The P&P exam is also offered at AMSN's Annual Convention each fall. The CBT exam is offered year-round within a 90-day testing window (rollover for more information) You will be assigned a 90-day window after you register for the exam. The window starts when the permit is sent (about 3-5 weeks after you register). You will need to schedule your appointment within the 90 days. at more than 250 sites.

Learn about the Differences Between the P&P and CBT Exams

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If you meet the eligibility criteria for the exam, continue to the application.

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Exam Fees

Application Fees
Regular Fee $375
AMSN Member Fee $255

NOTE: All application fees include a non-refundable processing/administration fee of $75.00.


Certification granted by MSNCB is a voluntary process intended solely to test for special knowledge. MSNCB does not license or define the qualifications of any person to practice nursing. The significance of certification in any jurisdiction or institution is the responsibility of the candidate to determine. The candidate should contact the appropriate state board of nursing or institution in order to determine practice implications.