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 Saturday, August 29, 2015


Cardiac Certification ExamCardiac/Vascular Nurse Certification Exam
The Cardiac/Vascular Nurse certification exam is offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in collaboration with the Society for Vascular Nursing, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.

Fees include a non-refundable administrative application fee of $140.00 and are subject to change without prior notification. SVN Members will receive a discounted fee of $340.00 to take the initial exam. Non members’ fee is $395.00.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  2. Have practiced the equivalent of 2 years full-time as a registered nurse.
  3. Have a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in cardiac-vascular nursing within the last 3 years.
  4. Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in cardiac-vascular nursing within the last 3 years.


Cardiac Vascular Nurse Certification Exam Content Outline

There are 175 questions on this examination. Of these, 150 are scored questions and 25 are pretest questions that are not scored. Pretest questions are used to determine how well these questions will perform before they are used on the scored portion of the examination. The pretest questions cannot be distinguished from those that will be scored, so it is important for a candidate to answer all questions. A candidate's score, however, is based solely on the 150 scored questions. Performance on pretest questions does not affect a candidate's score.

The chart below identifies the areas that are included on the examination. The percentage and number of questions in each of the major categories of the scored portion of the examination are also shown.

Category Domains of Practice # of Questions Percent
I Assessment and Diagnosis 24 16%
II Planning and Implementation 33 22%
III Evaluation 27 18%
IV Cardiac/Vascular Education for Patients, Families, or Groups 26 17%
V Professional Role Performance 40 27%

For more information about the Cardiac Vascular Nurse certification exam, contact ANCC at 8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492,

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