Retaking the Exam

The CMSRN certification exam is a national exam that represents how medical-surgical nurses practice in all kinds of settings, from rural to urban, in small and large hospitals.

First-Time Retake Discount

$75 off eligible application fees.

A candidate who does not pass the first CMSRN exam may retake the exam with a one-time only first-time retake discount, valid for 4 months after the exam date. The discount becomes active approximately 4 weeks after the exam date. You will be notified by email when your discount becomes active.

Not applicable for MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program™ candidates.


Candidates retaking the CMSRN exam will be able to apply 1 week after the last exam date. Use the same login information you used on the first application for the discount to be applied automatically at checkout.

To retake the CMSRN exam, a new application and fees must be submitted. You may receive your new ATT same day and up to 3 days after submitting your application. It will be sent by email containing a new 90-day period. You will have 85 days to schedule your exam and 90 days to take your exam.

Strategies for Preparing for the Next Exam

Below are some ideas to consider that may allow you to be successful on your next attempt:

  • Benefit from your score report's breakdown of subscores in the major test areas. Let it guide you in determining your strengths and focusing your study on the weak areas.
  • Taking an exam is a different skill set than being a nurse. Find resources to help you boost your test-taking skills.
  • Determine how you study best and find the perfect match. This list of study aids may help.
  • Join a study group, or ask a CMSRN you know about their strategies for success.