Steps to Certification

1. Verify Your Eligibility

The first step in preparing for your exam is to review the eligibility criteria.

2. Review the Exam Blueprint and Domains of Practice

Find out the contents of the exam and what you’ll be tested on. The exam blueprint can also help you prepare for the exam because it breaks down the sections of the test.

3. Complete the Exam Application

Be sure you enter your name on your application exactly as it appears on your unexpired, government issued photo ID. 

About 2 weeks after submitting your application, MSNCB will email your Authorization to Test or contact you for more information.

4. Start Studying

There is no reason to wait to start preparing for the exam! There are several excellent study resources available to you for the CMSRN exam. They vary on material, learning styles, and cost. Some are even free!

5. Schedule Your Exam

You have 85 days to schedule your exam and 90 days take your exam. Your 90-day test period begins when your eligibility is verified, and a scheduling button appears in your application. Confirm that your name is listed in your application exactly as it appears on your unexpired, government issued photo ID. If they do not match, contact MSNCB at 1-866-877-2676.

The ATT will also contain information about how to schedule your exam online. Schedule your appointment as soon as possible, even if you plan to test toward the end of your testing period. Seats can fill up quickly and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

6. Make Your Final Preparations

If you are going to an unfamiliar exam site, locate the address, building, and room in advance of your exam date and if possible, drive to the location before your test date. Make sure to take into consideration traffic patterns and other circumstances when considering drive time.

The night before the exam, make sure to get plenty of sleep and set aside anything you'll need to bring with you (such as your photo ID and a sweater or jacket).

The day of the exam, eat something, allow plenty of time to arrive to the site, and calm your nerves using whatever healthy techniques work best for you.

Finally, take a deep breath and do your best! You possess a wealth of experience and the examination will allow you to demonstrate that knowledge. Good luck!