Cardiovascular Nursing Board Certification

Become a board-certified cardiac nurse when you obtain your Cardiovascular Nursing Board Certification. At American Board of Cardiovascular Medicine, Inc, we offer resources for those taking the Cardiovascular Nursing Level I Board Exam and other cardiovascular certification exams throughout the country.

Cost of the Level I Cardiovascular Nursing Board Certification Examination: $299.00 for Board Eligible Candidates


Who is Eligible to Take the Cardiovascular Nursing Level I Board Certification Exam?
This Exam is open only to Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners in any corner of the globe. If you are a licensed Registered Nurse, you are required to provide your nursing license number and the state your license was issued in, on your Application.

Are There Requirements to Take the Cardiovascular Nursing Level I Board Certification Exam?
Knowledge is the key requirement. We recommend that Cardiac Nurses working in Cardiology and apply themselves diligently to the study of Cardiovascular Nursing practice, and have at least 1 year of practice in a Non-Acute Care Setting such as PCU, Telemetry, PICU, and Interventional Cardiology settings, before attempting to take this Exam. CEs are not required to sit for the exam, however 30 CEs in Cardiology will be required for the recertification process every three years.

Group Seats Available: Group Seats of 25, 50, or 100
Contact us at for group rates and let us know how many seats you are interested in to obtain a quote.
Hospitals may purchase bulk seats for the online exam and the examinees of your choice will receive coupon codes to log online and take their Exam. There is no time limit for your candidates to take the Exam online after the bulk seats are purchased. If a nurse fails the exam, he or she may take it a second time for a small proctor fee of $50 paid directly to ABCM, who will then provide the examinee a second coupon to re-enter the Exam.

Exam Matrix

100% Cardiology
There are 175 questions in the online version of the exam.

  1. Bedside Assessment: 14.5%
  2. Basic ECG Concepts: 18%
  3. Coronary Artery Disease & ACS: 9.5%
  4. Hypertension: 9.5%
  5. Heart Failure: 9.5%
  6. Cardiomyopathy: 6.5%
  7. Cardiovascular Pharmacology: 11.5%
  8. Pacemakers/ICDs: 6.0%
  9. Non-Invasive and Interventional Cardiology: 15%

Application for the Exam
How to Access the Level I CVRN-BC Exam: You will be given access to the Exam once your application is approved.

Exam Application
To apply for the Exam, navigate to our Preliminary Exam Application page, complete and submit the Application and wait for approval; you could be taking your Exam within a week of you are ready.

After you submit your application, you will receive an email letting you know if you have been approved for the Level I CVRN Exam by our Exam Director. You will then be emailed instructions on how to access the Exam online. The application process may take from 1-5 business days depending upon daily volume and which day of the week you summit the Application).

Questions About the Level I CVRN Exam

How Do I Pay for the Level I Exam?
You will be sent a payment link with instructions after your application has been approved. No purchases can be made without prior authorization.

When and Where Can You Take the Exam?
The Level I CVRN Exam is available 365 days per year and 24 hours per day from the comfort of your own home.

Computer Requirements for the Exam
Check to see if your computer has a built-in webcam; most do. If not, you may purchase a $10-$15 external webcam and connect it to your computer. Be sure to open your webcam before logging into the exam.

Which Browser Should You Use?
Try not to use Internet Explorer to access the Level I CVRN Exam. If you have Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, use one of them to log in. Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer.

How Many Questions Are in the Online Exam?
There are 175 questions in the online Cardiovascular Nursing Level I Board Certification Exam.

How Much Time is Allowed for the Exam?
3.5 hours; the average time spent by examinees is 2.5 hours.

What Is the Passing Score for the Exam?
A score of 70% is required to pass the Exam.

When Will I Receive the Results of My Exam?
Immediate scoring is available as soon as you submit your Exam.
You will be able to print a temporary certificate which is not valid; it simply proves you passed the exam. Your original will arrive in the mail within 2 weeks of your passing the exam.

What If You Do Not Pass the Exam on the First Try?
You will be allowed to take it a second time for a fee of $50. After that, you will have to pay the full fee for your third try. There are no restrictions as to how many times you may take the exam.

Contact us to choose our resources for your upcoming certification exam. We are available to assist cardiology professionals nationwide.