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Certified Addictions Registered Nurse

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Offered by:

Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB)

Care of C-NET

35 Journal Square, Suite 901

Jersey City,NJ 07306

201.217.9083 (Voice)

201.217.9785 (Fax)

Accredited by:

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You must provide evidence that you hold a current license as a registered nurse (RN) by passing the NCLEX or must demonstrate the license has been verified for equivalency by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), World Education Services (WES), or Educational Records Evaluation Services (ERES). If licensed in more than one jurisdiction, the candidate must hold full and unrestricted licenses in all jurisdictions where they practice. 

*ALTERNATIVE TO DISCIPLINE POLICY: ANCB recognizes the positive impact nurses in recovery bring to the specialty of addiction nursing. Alternative to Treatment Program Involvement:

  1. If a license is surrendered or if the nurse has violated the agreement, the applicant will be found ineligible to sit for the exam.

  2. If the nurse has a license with restrictions and is currently in a monitoring program, a letter from the monitoring program will be required before the applicant may sit for the exam. The monitoring program letter will need to support that the license is active, the applicant is complying with his/her agreement and that the monitoring program supports the applicant sitting for the exam.

Each applicant will be expected to abide by their state nurse practice act and the laws of their state regarding the alternative to discipline programs.


The applicant must have a minimum of 2000 hours (one year) of  experience in clinical practice as an RN. These hours must be supervised and must be direct client contact hours, working with individuals and families impacted by addictions/dual diagnoses. Be advised that only hours obtained within the last four (4) years will be considered and may be from your master’s program or post-master experience [See below].


You need a total of thirty (30) hours of continuing education. These hours are only valid if they are related to addictions nursing, and have been acquired within three (3) years of your application submission. Your contact hour must be detailed on the provided application page. At least fifty-one percent of the hours must be specific to addictions nursing, while any remaining hours may be related to addictions nursing, such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, pain management, etc. To reduce paper, you need not submit contact hour certificates with your application submission. However, contact hour certificates must be made available if requested by the testing agency or certification board.

CARN Requirements

Handbook - Application - Study Materials:

Exam Fee:

CARN: $300 

Exam Dates & Deadlines:

The CARN exam has year-round Computer-Based Testing (CBT).  Please allow up to two weeks for processing applications.  Eligible candidates will receive an email containing a link to schedule an examination date, time, and location. Once registered, candidates will be given a 90-day testing window in which they must schedule and sit for the examination.


Four (4) years from the date of passing the exam.

CARN Application - Study
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