Our most popular way to recertify!
Our most popular method of recertification is recertification
by contact hours. Contact hours can be earned by completing continuing education and
professional activities. You will document those activities in your recertification
AMSN Member Fee
Recertify by contact hours
All fees include a $79 non-refundable processing fee. Fees are subject to change anytime
NOTE: Recertify after expiration
You may apply for recertification by contact hours during your grace period as well,
which lasts for one year after your CMSRN expires. Your contact hours must have been
earned in the 5-year period immediately preceding the date you submit your
Pass the exam again to get recertified.
You can choose to take the exam again to recertify if you
haven’t earned enough contact hours during your accrual period to recertify by contact
hours. The process of taking the exam to recertify is the same as the process to take
the exam for initial certification. See Certify by Exam for information about the CMSRN
First-time Retake Exam
Fees subject to change without notice.
Twice the certifications.
If you hold a MEDSURG-BC from the American Nurses’ Credentialing
Center (ANCC), you may be eligible to apply for the CMSRN without having to take the
exam. You do not have to give up your MEDSURG-BC to also become CMSRN certified.
Recertify by Transfer
NOTE: Transfer after expiration
You may apply for certification by transfer during your grace period as well, which
lasts for one year after your MEDSURG-BC expires. Your contact hours must have been
earned in the 5-year period immediately preceding the date you submit your certification
Stay connected, no matter your path.
CMSRNs who have retired within the current certification period but wish to stay
connected with other CMSRNs may apply for Emeritus Status. The Emeritus designation is
intended both to recognize CMSRN certified nurses' years of service caring for patients
and their families, and to acknowledge their dedication to having been certified.
The option to apply for Emeritus Status is located within the recertification
Pause your certification.
Have you had a "life happens" situation that prevented you
from earning the necessary contact hours?
CMSRN credential holders unable to meet the requirements for recertification may apply
for Inactive Status. Inactive Status is for one 3-year period only and is a one-time
option. There are no exceptions or extensions to this time frame. You may not use the
CMSRN credential during the 3-year period of inactivity.
The option to apply for Inactive Status is located within the recertification