The collaborative relationship between the Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) serves as a wonderful model for helping vascular nurses achieve the highest levels of professional knowledge and competence attainable in this key specialty area. Together we have made great strides in raising the bar for the nursing profession and ultimately enhancing patient care.
ANCC is extremely pleased to announce that at this time, all ANCC nursing certification examinations are accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS). ABNS is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification. Its rigorous, peer-reviewed accreditation process ensures that all ANCC nursing certification examinations have demonstrated compliance with established ABNS Accreditation Council Standards. This accomplishment signifies that the entire suite of ANCC nursing certification examinations – including all of the processes, procedures, documentation, and verification relating to their development and maintenance – meet the exacting standards required by ABNS to ensure the utmost integrity, defensibility, and soundness of the nursing certification process.
The SVN is proud to report that the following individuals serve as representatives on behalf of the Society to the ANCC.
Catherine Ware, RN, CCRN
Vascular Care Specialist
Washington County Hospital
M. Eileen Walsh, PhD, APN, RN-BC
College of Nursing
University of Toledo
Cardiac/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.
- Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
- Have practiced the equivalent of 2 years full-time as a registered nurse.
- Have a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in cardiac-vascular nursing within the last 3 years.
- 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.
For more information about the Cardiac Vascular Nurse certification exam, contact:
8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the certification?
The Cardiac/Vascular Nurse Certification is a nationally recognized certification through ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center). Certification demonstrates to others that you are a clinical expert in the management of patients and those at risk for cardiovascular events.
Am I eligible?
See criteria under the “General Information” tab.
Cardio Certification Exam How do I apply?
The application is available as a downloadable document. (Exam Application) There is also an online version of the application.
What is the content of the test?
It is administered through ANCC after you have applied. It is a computer based test. You can take the test at a location near you. You have a 90 day window to take the test once you are notified.
How do I prepare for the test?
- Purchase the SVN Core Curriculum for Vascular Nursing.
- Purchase the Cardiac Vascular Review and Resource Manual (published/updated November 2010, includes 2012 Addendum).
- Team up with other nurses on your unit that are interested in becoming certified and start a study group.
- Take a CVN review course – either online or in person.