CVNP-BC or CVPA-BC Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner or Cardiovascular Physician Assistant
Application fee includes a non-refundable administrative fee of $25. Pay the application fee in the dropdown menu under Exams below and fill out your application. After your application is approved you will then be instructed to log back in and pay the fee for the exam of your choice.
Applications will not be processed without the initial application processing fee being paid.
Note: Each candidate must pay for their own Exam with a credit or debit card in their own name, or by check or money order. We no longer accept third party payments.
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After receipt of both the application and payment, ABCM will send an email with instructions on how to set up the Exam.
This process will take up to 5 business days.
After the application validation process is complete an email will be sent with instructions on how to access the Exam Scheduler for online testing, or where to take the Exam in person at a live site.
Scope of Practice
The Scope of Practice for the Cardiac Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assist is like that of the Cardiac Nurse, only the Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants requires expanded knowledge and skills to provide expert care to cardiac patients. Cardiac Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants conduct comprehensive head to toe cardiac assessments, order and interpret diagnostic tests (including laboratory tests) and cardiac procedures, make differential diagnoses, and prescribe both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies for the management of a host of cardiac disorders and anomalies.
These are the general topics to be tested on:
Cardiovascular Diseases: Heart Failure, Hypertension, ACS, Cardiomyopathy
Heart Sounds and Bedside Assessment
12-Lead ECG & Arrhythmias
Pacemakers & ICDs
Interventional Cardiology Procedures
Non-Invasive Cardiology Procedures
Non-Invasive Cardiology Diagnostic Procedures
The eligibility requirements for CVNPs and CVPAs are the same and defined below:
The applicants must:
While CEs and CMEs are not required to sit for the exam, 30 CEs in General Cardiology will be required for the recertification process every three years.
Exam candidates will be required to read and agree to all the stipulations set forth in the Certification Handbook before being eligible for an Exam. After the handbook is read, candidates may apply for an Exam.
To download the Certification Handbook, point to "Home" in the Menu Panel above with your mouse and a drop-down menu will appear that contains the Certification Handbook link for downloading.
If you do not pass the exam, you may take it a second time for $199; if you do not pass after the second time, you will be required to wait 30 days before trying the exam again at the full price.
How Many Questions are in the CVNP / CVPA-BC Exam?
There are 200 questions in the Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Level IV Board Certification Exam.
Time Allotted for the Exam?
4 hours; the an average time spent by examinees is 3 hours.
70% is required to pass the CVNP and CVPA Exams.
What is the Cost of the Exam?
Exam cost $429.00 for those taking online, group rates available, please request details.