Test Site Locations
Create a Temporary Special Test Site
PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for applications to host the October 5, 2013 exam is 06/18/13. Click October 2013 Med Surg site app to download the application. To join the email reminder list & be notified when the host application for the Fall 2013 is released, click here.
For information on how to host the CMSRN exam, please see “How do I create a Special Test Site?” below. The FAQ below contains helpful information about creating a temporary Special Test Site.
Special Test Sites are temporary exam sites that allow an organization to host the CMSRN exam on one of the national certification test dates.
Special Test Sites are created by submitting a Special Test Site Application. Applications may be submitted online, or by mail. Online applications that are completed by the submission deadline are guaranteed approval. However, paper applications sent by mail will be processed in the order that they are received and are only guaranteed approval if they are received complete and by the deadline.
The deadline to register has passed. Please email: email@example.com to be added to a deadline reminder list for our Fall and Spring test dates.
Special Test Site applications may only be submitted by the person who will serve as the Special Test Site Contact for the exam. This individual will provide the information required in the application, and will serve as a liaison between C-NET and the exam site. The basic duties of a Special Test Site Contact are:
• May I be both a Special Test Site Contact as well as an exam candidate at the same Special Test Site?
Yes. In filing the application to create a temporary Special Test Site, you become the contact person for that test site. Your preparation for the exam must not interfere with your ability to fulfill your duties as a contact person, but there is no conflict in taking the certification exam at a Special Test Site that you are also coordinating.
Yes. There is a $300 application fee to host a Special Test Site. A list of locations where the CBT exam is already available can be seen by clicking HERE.
To visit MSNCB’s page on CBT testing click HERE.
No. There is no minimum registration requirement. (Special Test Sites may be held for as few as 1 candidate, or as many as the site can accommodate.)
To view a separate document which details the guidelines for the type of room required to host the exam, as well as the room set-up, please click HERE.
• I’m booking a room for the exam date and need to know: How long is the exam, and what time does it begin?
Candidates are given 4 hours to complete the CMSRN exam. If they complete the exam before that time has elapsed, they may be dismissed. The normal* exam timing is as follows:
Unless you specifically request otherwise, these are the exam times that will be listed on the exam permits mailed by C-NET to the CMSRN candidates registered for your Special Test Site. If you cannot obtain a room to hold your exams in during this time frame, you should indicate this on your application. If you discover these times are not available at your facility after you have filed your Special Test Site host application, you must contact Edie Nugent of C-NET as soon as possible (no later than a month before the exam date, please) by phone at: 800-463-0786, or by emailing: ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ so she can update your site information in our computer database.
*Please be aware that exam report and start times may vary by site.
Exam Managers are responsible for receiving the shipment of the exam materials, and confirming their arrival and completeness. They keep the shipment locked away until the day of the exam when they will bring the materials to the Special Test Site. The shipment includes an Exam Managers? manual which explicitly describes their duties in administering the exam, from arriving at the test site and checking in the applicants through the end of the test.
C-NET will remunerate the Exam Manager (and their Proctor if applicable) of Medical-Surgical Special Test Sites for their work.
C-NET will make every effort to find a candidate for the position of Exam Manager for new Special Test Sites. However, due to the fact that many our of the Exam Managers that C-NET employs are proctoring our Permanent Exam Sites on our twice yearly test dates, this is not usually possible. Also, because Special Test Sites are not in close proximity to the major cities in which C-NET has permanent exam sites, often C-NET will call upon the Special Test Site contact to aid in finding a candidate to serve as an Exam Manager. Should this occur, the site contact will be notified by e-mail.
A candidate for the position of Exam Manager should be reliable, responsible, and not present a conflict to the integrity of the exam. By this we mean that the Exam Manager should not have any reason to sit for the exam, such as being an uncertified Medical-Surgical nurse. They should also not have helped the nurses of a special test site review for the exam itself.
A Proctor is an individual who assists the Exam Manager at the Special Test Site on the day of the exam. They help the Exam Manager check in applicants, pass out exam materials, and monitor the examinees should the Exam Manager have to briefly leave the room in which the exam is being given. Special Test Sites with more than 10 applicants should have someone on site at the facility on exam day to assist the Exam Manager should they need to briefly leave the exam room to make a phone call or use the rest room. If the test site has more than 20 applicants, the Exam Manager must have a Proctor to assist them. Proctors must not be uncertified Medical-Surgical nurses. Usually the Exam Manager will be asked to select their own proctor to assist them.
• Other facilities in our region would like to send their nurses to our Special Test Site, may they do so?
Yes. On the Special Test Site applications, there is a box to mark which indicates your desire to have what we call an ‘open’ Special Test Site. This will indicate your desire to have any CMSRN exam registration applications that list your Special Test Site as their exam site accepted & processed.
Yes. On the Special Test Site applications, there another box to mark which indicates your facility wishes have what we call a ‘closed’ Special Test Site. This will indicate that any CMSRN exam registration applications submitted by nurses who are not from your staff should NOT be allowed to register for your Special Test Site. In order to ‘close’ your Special Test Site completely:
please remember to include the name(s) of the Hospitals/Facilities whose nurses we may accept CMSRN exam registration applications from for your to your staff only site in the space provided.
The application to register for the CMSRN exam is available for download by clicking HERE.
Yes. All applications should be filled out correctly, include all supplemental materials (relevant copies of: RN licenses, membership cards, etc.), as well as proper payment. Please make sure that the package of applications is mailed by the postmark deadline for the desired exam date. C-NET and the certification boards they serve do NOT make exceptions to application deadline dates or late fee policies for Special Test Site applicants. Please keep in mind that CMSRN exam registration applications should be submitted to the Medical-Surgical Certification Board in Pitman, NJ and all checks written should be payable to MSNCB.
Yes. When paying by facility check, please include a list of the applicants covered by that check, as well as their individual exam fees (member or non-member rates). When paying by company credit card, provide the credit card information for that account on EACH application in the section regarding payment. Please keep in mind that Medical-Surgical exam applications should be submitted to the Medical-Surgical Certification Board in Pitman, NJ and all checks written should be payable to MSNCB.
We do not usually allow this. However; if your facility is closed (or under construction) during the stated twice yearly exam dates we may allow it. Please send an email request to: ‘email@example.com’ and be sure to include a brief description of the issue that prevents your nurses from being able to test in connection with one of our the cross-national exam dates.
• One of the nurses on staff at my facility asked me to contact C-NET regarding her exam application, may I do this?
No. C-NET has a strict policy regarding the confidentiality of our exam applicants. We will not give any application information to a third party. If an exam applicant has questions regarding their application status, they must contact C-NET directly. We also ask that Special Test Site contacts do not e-mail C-NET on behalf of any exam applicant, even if asked to do so by the applicant themselves. It is important that any individual filing an exam application with C-NET understands this policy and takes it upon themselves to contact C-NET with any questions or issues.
• Okay, I’ve read the FAQ and I’m ready to submit an application to create a Special Test Site. Where do I get one?
Click October 2013 Med Surg site app to download the Special Site application. Remember, I must receive your application on or before the deadline date, with payment.
Send an e-mail with the subject line: “ADD ME TO THE LIST” to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receipt your e-mail address will be added to a list of reminders twice yearly when Special Test Site applications for our Fall and Spring dates go up on this site. Please be advised: you are responsible for upholding relevant application deadlines. In addition to receiving the reminder email, you can always reference this web page to see if the applications have been posted.