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Renewal Eligibility Requirements & Fees

CMC (Adult)
  • Renewal by CERPs

  • Renewal by Exam

The Renewal by CERPs (Continuing Education Recognition Points) program requires continuing education on topics listed in the CMC Test Plan, found in the CMC Renewal Handbook.
Eligibility Requirements
  • A current, unencumbered U.S. RN or APRN license is required. An unencumbered license is not currently being subjected to formal discipline by any state board of nursing and has no provisions or conditions that limit the nurse’s practice in any way.
  • Hold a current nationally-accredited (NCCA or ABNS) clinical nursing specialty certification.
  • Completion of 25 Category A Clinical Judgment CERPs, covering topics on the CMC Test Plan, is required.
  • Clinical practice hours are required. Practice as an RN or APRN for 432 hours in direct care of acutely/critically ill adult cardiac patients during the three-year certification renewal period, with 144 of those hours accrued in the 12-month period prior to the scheduled renewal date is required.
    • Eligible hours are those spent actively providing direct care to acutely/critically ill adult cardiac patients – or supervising nurses or nursing students at the bedside of acutely/critically ill adult cardiac patients, if working as a manager, educator, preceptor or APRN.
    • All hours must be completed in a U.S.-based or Canada-based facility, or in a facility determined to be comparable to the U.S. standard of acute/critical care nursing practice.
  • For complete eligibility requirements, refer to the CMC Renewal Handbook.

AACN Members

$60

Nonmembers

$100

For renewal by exam, you must meet eligibility requirements for renewal and successfully apply for, take and pass the exam before your scheduled renewal date. Refer to the CMC Exam Handbook for the current test plan and to the Certification Exam Policy Handbook for exam scheduling and testing information.
Eligibility Requirements
  • A current, unencumbered U.S. RN or APRN license is required. An unencumbered license is not currently being subjected to formal discipline by any state board of nursing and has no provisions or conditions that limit the nurse’s practice in any way.
  • Hold a current nationally-accredited (NCCA or ABNS) clinical nursing specialty certification.
  • Take and pass the CMC Adult exam before your scheduled renewal date.
  • Clinical practice hours are required. Practice as an RN or APRN for 432 hours in direct care of acutely/critically ill adult cardiac patients during the three-year certification renewal period, with 144 of those hours accrued in the 12-month period prior to the scheduled renewal date is required.
    • Eligible hours are those spent actively providing direct care to acutely/critically ill adult cardiac patients – or supervising nurses or nursing students at the bedside of acutely/critically ill adult cardiac patients, if working as a manager, educator, preceptor or APRN.
    • All hours must be completed in a U.S.-based or Canada-based facility, or in a facility determined to be comparable to the U.S. standard of acute/critical care nursing practice.
  • For complete eligibility requirements, refer to the CMC Renewal Handbook.

AACN Members

$110

Nonmembers

$155

CERPs Program Overview

A total of 25 Category A CERPs, focused on topics listed in the CMC Test Plan, is required. Click on the link below to access available continuing education activities.

Active Renewal

At renewal time, eligible CMC certificants may seek active certification renewal or choose Inactive status.

Alternate Option

Status change option for certificants who no longer meet renewal eligibility requirements for active certification.

Renew

A current, unencumbered U.S. RN or APRN license, current clinical nursing specialty certification, a minimal number of clinical practice hours caring for acutely/critically ill adult cardiac patients
and CERPs or exam are required.