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Testing for CNL certification is web-based and conducted onsite at the candidate’s school of nursing. Program Directors are responsible for setting the testing date within the testing period and notifying CNC (cnl@aacn.nche.edu). As an alternative, the exam may be administered at a SMT testing center if an Exam Site is not conveniently located.

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Examination DATES

Test Period
Application Deadline Program Registration Deadline
Spring 2016: April 25 - May 20, 2016 3/18/2016 3/18/2016
Summer 2016: July 11 - August 5, 2016 6/3/2016 6/3/2016
Fall 2016: November 28 - December 9, 2016 10/28/2016 10/28/2016
Winter 2017: January 30 - February 17, 2017 12/9/2016 12/9/2016


Exam Fees

Effective June 9, 2014, all fees are subject to change and are non-refundable.

Administered at a School of Nursing Online Application
CNL Exam Registration Fee (1st Time Applicant Only) $350.00
Re-testing CNL Exam Registration Fee $250.00

Candidates may not retest during the same testing period.

 
Administered at a Testing Center   
CNL Exam Registration Fee (1st Time Applicant Only) $425.00
Re-testing CNL Exam Registration Fee $325.00
Candidates may not retest during the same testing period.  


Note: Applications must be submitted online by the deadline. There are no exceptions.

Access to the exam will be denied if payment has not cleared at least 5 business days prior to the beginning of the testing period.

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