Cardiac/Vascular Nurse Exam Practice Test

The Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Certification is a credential awarded to registered nurses who pass the Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Certification exam, demonstrating the necessary skills and competencies for entry-level positions. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers the Cardiac-Vascular Nursing certification, as well as many other certifications, giving health care professionals an opportunity to advance in their careers. The ANCC certifications, which have accreditation from The National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the Accreditation for Specialty Nursing Certification, are also available for organizations interested in earning international recognition.


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The Cardiac-Vascular Nursing certification exam assesses professional and practical skills related to the cardiac-vascular specialty, including diagnosis, planning, and education. Candidates who pass the exam are awarded the Registered Nurse-Board Certified (RN-BC) credential, which is valid for 5 years.

Eligibility Requirements for the Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Certification (RN-BC)

Health care professionals who are interested in taking the Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Certification exam must:

  • Have a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States. International candidates must have a professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Have at least 2,000 hours of clinical practice in cardiac-vascular nursing within the last 3 years.
  • Have completed at least 2 years (full-time) as a registered nurse.
  • Have completed at least 30 hours of continuing education in cardiac-vascular nursing within the last 3 years.

How to apply for the Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Certification (RN-BC)

To apply for the certification exam, visit the nursing world website and click on certifications. You will find the testing fees listed below.

  • Non-member: $395
  • American Nurses Association members: $295
  • American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation member: $340
  • Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association member: $340
  • Society for Vascular Nursing member: $340

The fees listed above include $140 non-refundable administrative fee. Applicants have 5 business days after ANCC receives their application to claim discounts. After successful registration, applicants can schedule their test at a Prometric testing center.

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How long is the Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Certification (RN-BC) Exam?

This computer-based test is 3 hours in length, and contains 150 questions (25 questions are pretest questions that do not count towards the final score).

What topics are covered on the Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Certification (RN-BC) Exam?

The Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Certification exam is divided into the following sections:

  • Assessment and Diagnosis. This section makes up 25% of the exam, with 31 questions. Candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology. It also examines your skills in the following areas: patient interviews, cardiac-vascular assessment techniques, data collection, and nursing diagnosis.
  • Planning, Implementation, and Outcome Evaluation. This section makes up 35% of the test, with 44 questions. Candidates are required to identify evidence-based practice guidelines, scope and standards of practice, legal and ethical considerations, procedures, surgeries, pharmacologic therapies, non-pharmacologic and complementary therapies, and risk-reduction measures. You will also be asked questions regarding your skills in care coordination and interventions.
  • Education and Health Promotion. This section makes up 22% of the exam, with 28 questions. Candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge of expected outcomes and drug interactions. You will also receive questions regarding your skills in responding to adverse reactions and events, as well as urgent and emergent conditions.
  • Professional Role. This section makes up 18% of the exam, with 22 questions. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of cardiac-vascular risk factors and education topics, chronic disease management, community resources, and self-management strategies. You will also see questions about the following skill sets: patient education planning and implementation, home monitoring, and health promotion.

Please note that the concepts listed above are only a portion of what is covered on the exam.

What to expect on test day

The Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Certification exam is available at qualifying Prometric testing facilities. On test day, you want to make sure you arrive at your testing location at least 30 minutes before your scheduled exam time. Each candidate must bring an active ID with a photograph and signature. Personal items like cell phones, electronics, study materials, and bags are not allowed in the testing area.

The Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Certification exam is a computer-based test, with 150 questions (25 questions are pretest questions that do not count towards the final score). Candidates have 3 hours to complete the assessment.

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