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Initial Eligibility Requirements & Fees

A valid and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse

Candidate must meet the target practitioner definition and fulfill one of the following requirements for education / work experience.

A baccalaureate in nursing degree or higher plus 2,080 hours of experience in a nurse manager role


A non-nursing baccalaureate degree plus 3,120 hours years of experience in a nurse manager role


A Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing plus 5,200 hours of experience as a nurse manager

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How to Prepare

CNML Exam Resources


Validate that you meet eligibility requirements detailed in the CNML Candidate Handbook and apply now.


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