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CPNE Requirements & Tips

You are eligible to take the CPNE exam when you have completed your eight nursing exams and are within nine credit hours of completing your general education requirements. You will receive your CPNE study guide from Excelsior College upon completing your nursing exam. Once you are enrolled, you may call and request that the guide be sent to you early. This is a good idea, so you can incorporate your CPNE studying with the rest of your studying.

The CPNE is 2 1/2 days of testing your knowledge. It is given on the med-surg floor of a hospital. There are many sites across the country where you can take the exam. The CPNE itself is broken down into three stages: planning, implementation and evaluation. The planning phase includes assessment and analysis of information necessary for diagnosis. You will try to maintain or restore the patient's health. Use of critical thinking and implementing the Critical Elements of Care into your diagnosis are essential in passing the CPNE. You must be able to use your knowledge of nursing standards of care and invaluable nursing experience to correctly diagnose a patient. You will be dealing with actual patients who are in the hospital experiencing chronic, actual or potential health problems.

Our students consistently tell us they would not have passed the CPNE without the knowledge they obtained while attending our CarePlan Lab.

Learn about our CPNE Workshop!

The CarePlan Lab CPNE Workshop shows you what you need to know to pass the CPNE exam. It is an especially resourceful tool that helps many students who need some realistic, hands-on practice to prepare.