CURN - Certified Urologic Registered Nurse

  • $325-$420
  • Renews every 3 years

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Nursing certification is provided to professionals who have demonstrated current knowledge and skills within their practice specialty. For nurses working with clients in urology, the specialty certification provides validation of their commitment to quality care for this population.

The Certified Urology Registered Nurse credential (CURN) is available through the Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates (CBUNA). The CURN is relevant for nurses with expertise in caring for clients with conditions related to the urinary system, such as bladder infections and kidney stones.

Applicants for the CURN credential may apply online via the CBUNA. The certification exam has 150 multiple-choice questions.

Cost

  • Exam fee: $325 for Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) members and $420 for non-members.

  • Retake fee: $225 for SUNA members and $320 for non-members.

Certification

To be eligible for the CURN certification, the following are required:

  • Current RN licensure in the U.S. or its territories.

  • Completion of a nationally-accredited nursing educational program.

  • Completion of two years working as a Registered Nurse with a minimum of 800 clinical practice hours with urologic patients within the last three years.

Renewal

The CURN certification is valid for three years. The cost is $180 for Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) members and $275 for non-members.

To renew the certification, the nurse must fulfill the following items:

  • Current RN licensure in the U.S. or its territories.

  • Minimum of 800 hours of urological practice experience during the previous 3-year certification period.

  • Completion of one pathway of knowledge validation: Examination or CE hours.

The practice experiences may be direct or indirect settings to include acute or long-term care, clinics/offices, home care/community health, surgery, education, research, and administration.

Recertification for the CURN is available via two pathways: Examination or Continuing Education (CE) hours. 

  • To recertify by examination, the nurse will take the most current certification examination for initial certification.

  • To qualify for recertification by contact hours, a candidate must submit 36 contact hours specific to urologic care.

The CBUNA audits approximately 10% of recertification applications to verify CE and employment practice hours.

Other Resources

The CBUNA offers exam resources for candidates, including:

Related Certifications

The CBUNA offers other certifications, including:

  • Certified Urologic Associate (CUA)

  • Certified Urologic Nurse Practitioner (CUNP)

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Frequently asked questions

Can I keep my Certified Urologic Registered Nurse (CURN) certification if I plan to retire from practice?

Yes, prior to your next Certified Urologic Registered Nurse (CURN) recertification, you must request retired status. You won't be charged a fee.

Can my employer verify my Certified Urologic Registered Nurse (CURN) certification status?

Yes, your employer can verify your Certified Urologic Registered Nurse (CURN) certification online by clicking on the Certified Directory tab and searching by name or credential.

Should I send copies of my continuing education (CE) certificates when renewing my Certified Urologic Registered Nurse (CURN) certification?

No, you don't need to send copies of your continuing education (CE) certificates when renewing your Certified Urologic Registered Nurse (CURN) certification. If your application is audited, copies of your CE certificates will be requested.

What are some certifications I can pursue after obtaining Certified Urologic Registered Nurse (CURN) certification?

You can pursue Certified Urologic Associate (CUA) or Certified Urologic Nurse Practitioner (CUNP), among others.

What other certifications does CBUNA offer besides the Certified Urologic Registered Nurse (CURN)?

The Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates (CBUNA) also offers the following:

  • Certified Urologic Associate (CUA)

  • Certified Urologic Nurse Practitioner (CUNP)

What organization offers the Certified Urologic Registered Nurse (CURN)?

The Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates (CBUNA) offers the Certified Urologic Registered Nurse (CURN).

I just completed a continuing education (CE) course for my Certified Urologic Registered Nurse (CURN) recertification. How do I know if my CE contact hours are from a CBUNA approved provider?

There are several ways you can verify whether your continuing education (CE) contact hours are from a CBUNA-approved provider. This information may be printed on the certification, may be listed on the provider’s website or you can contact the provider directly.