CV-BC - Cardiac Vascular Nursing Certification

  • Cost: $295-$395
  • Renews every 5 years


In Person


Cardiac Vascular Nursing Board Certification (CV-BC) validates the knowledge and skills of registered nurses working in a cardio-vascular setting. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers the CV-BC exam, accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).


To be eligible to take the CV-BC exam, applicants must have:

  • An active RN license in any U.S. state or the legal equivalent in another country

  • Practiced at least 2 years full-time as a registered nurse

  • Completed 2,000 hours of clinical practice in a cardio-vascular setting within the last 3 years

  • Completed 30 cardio-vascular-related Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within the last 3 years


  • Non-member: $395

  • American Nurses Association member: $295

  • Society for Vascular Nursing member: $340

  • Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association member: $340

Course Format

Exam Format

The CV board certification exam includes 150 scored questions and 25 unscored questions. It takes 3.5 hours to complete and features Pass/Fail grading. It has a maximum possible scaled score of 500 and a minimum passing scaled score of 350. Exam topics include:

  • Assessment and Diagnosis - 31 questions

  • Planning and Implementation - 44 questions

  • Evaluation and Modification - 28 questions

  • Patient and Community Education - 22 questions

Test Dates

Prometric Test Centers offer CV-BC exams year-round. Examinees may also take the exam at home via Prometric’s Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) service.

In Person

Applicants register for the exam after receiving an Authorization to Test (ATT) notice from ANCC. They can register online or by calling Prometric at (800) 998-1942.

  • Visit Prometric’s website

  • Click “Schedule” under “Test Center Certification Exam”

  • Read the terms and conditions

  • Confirm over 18 and select “I consent”

  • Insert ANCC ID Number and first four characters of last name

  • Click the arrow after the eligibility window appears

  • Search for a testing center

  • Select a test date

Exam Day Instructions

  • Arrive at the testing center 30 minutes before exam time

  • Bring a government-issued ID and test confirmation number from Prometric

  • Store personal items in provided lockers


  • Go to the certification website 

  • Click “Apply Online”

  • Create an account or log in

  • Complete education information

  • List state RN licenses held in all states  

  • Add any membership information to collaborating organizations

  • Answer the eligibility questions

  • Add CEU information

  • Insert optional employer information

  • Agree to the Statement of Understanding

  • Input debit or credit card information

Applicants receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) upon approval. They must schedule and take the exam within 90 days of receiving their ATT.


CV-BC is valid for 5 years. CV-BCs can submit an online renewal application up to one year before expiration. To be eligible for renewal, applicants must:

  • Have an active RN license in any U.S. state or the legal equivalent in another country

  • Have a current, active CV-BC certification from the ANCC

  • Complete 75 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

  • Complete one of the 8 professional development categories 

  • Pay renewal fee

The professional development component includes the mandatory 75 CE hours PLUS completion of at least one activity within the following 8 categories:

  1. 75 CE hours in addition to the mandatory 75 CE hours

  2. Academic credits: 5 semester credits or 6 quarter credits

  3. One or more presentations totaling 5 hours

  4. One Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), Quality Improvement Project (QI) or one qualifying publication or one Institutional Review Board research project, completed dissertation or thesis, or doctoral project

  5. At least 120 hours as a preceptor for students in an academic program

  6. Two or more consecutive years of volunteer service with an international, national, state, or local healthcare-related organization

  7. 1,000 practice hours (not required to renew certification but option to fulfill professional development)

  8. Pass the current CV-BC exam

CV-BCs must complete the professional development section before completing the online renewal application.

Renewal Fees

  • Non-member: $350

  • American Nurses Association member: $250

  • Society for Vascular Nursing member: $295

  • Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association member: $295

Continuing Education

Part of the renewal process requires 75 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). All CEUs must be directly related to the CV-BC’s certification role and specialty. At least 60 CEUs must be formally approved CE hours, meaning they must meet at least one of the following criteria:

The ANCC also accepts other healthcare discipline’s CEUs applicable to the CV-BC’s certification specialty. Repeat courses aren’t accepted for renewal. Renewal applicants may also convert academic coursework applicable to their certification specialty to CEUs.

CV-BCs can Track Professional Development on the ANCC website as they complete each activity. Renewal applicants must use their account and complete the CE section of the Professional Development Record to document their CEUs. ANCC doesn’t accept certificates of completion in place of completing Professional Development entries.

Other Resources

The ANCC provides several resources to help prepare for the CV-BC exam, including:

Related Certifications

The ANCC also offers the following certifications:

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification (MEDSURG-BC)

  • Gerontological Nursing Certification (GERO-BC)

  • Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification (AMB-BC)

Other related certifications include:

  • Cardiovascular Nurse-Board Certified (CVRN-BC) offered by the American Board of Cardiovascular Medical Accreditation (ABCM). This certification validates the knowledge and skills of non-acute cardiovascular nurses, including the assessment, management, treatment and evaluation of cardiovascular patients.

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Frequently asked questions

How soon can I retake the CV-BC examination if I don’t pass?

You may retest 60 days from the date you last took the CV-BC exam. However, candidates can’t test more than three times in any 12-month period. The retest fee is $270.

Is the CV-BC exam difficult?

Like any certification exam, the CV-BC exam is difficult without proper preparation. In 2021, out of 670 examinees, 506 passed, or about 76%.

What if I let my CV-BC certification expire?

If your certification expired within the last 2 years, you can reactivate the certification by following the regular renewal steps. If it expired more than 2 years ago, you must resubmit an application and retest.

What is considered a cardio-vascular setting?

Examples of cardio-vascular settings include cardiac rehabilitation, outpatient cardiac clinics, and cardio-vascular progressive care and telemetry units.

What is the difference between the CV-BC and the AMB-BC?

Both the CV-BC and AMB-BC are nursing certifications offered by the ANCC, but the CV-BC is for nurses working in cardiovascular specialties and the AMB-BC is for nurses working in ambulatory care departments.

Can I earn a CV-BC online?

No you can't earn a CV-BC online.

What other certifications should I consider after getting the CV-BC?

After obtaining the CV-BC, you might also pursue the Cardiovascular Nurse-Board Certified (CVRN-BC).