Certification Toolkit

At UVA, we encourage our nurses to pursue certification in their specialty - it brings new skills to the bedside, benefitting our patients, and is professionally rewarding! Certification is a requirement for Clinician 4 and Advanced Practice roles.


Funding Assistance for Certification is part of UVA Employee Benefits!

  • As of July 1, 2014, UVA Health System participates in the ANCC's Success Pays TM Program.  This program enables UVA Health System to pay certification exam fees up front at a discounted rate so that nurses do not have any out-of-pocket expense.  In order to be eligible for this, the certification sought MUST be one of the specialty certifications offered through the ANCC (not Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist Certifications).  See table below for specialty certifications offered through the ANCC.
    Please note: Whether the fees are pre-paid or reimbursed, the maximum benefit per year for any individual employee is $325 towards the cost of certification exam fees per HR Policy 301.

    Please note: Those certifications in the table below with an "*" indicate that the exam has been retired.  Renewal is possible but new applications are not being accepted and so these are NOT eligible for pre-payment through the Success PaysTM program.



Ambulatory Care Nursing General Nursing Practice* Nurse Executive, Advanced
Cardiac Rehabilitation Nursing* Genetics Nursing Case Management
Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Genetics, Advanced Nursing Professional Development
Certified Vascular Nurse* Gerontological Nursing Pain Management Nursing
College Health Nursing* High-Risk Perinatal Nursing* Pediatric Nursing
Community Health Nursing* Home Health Nursing* Perinatal Nursing*
Diabetes Management - Advanced* Informatics Nursing Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing
Faith Community Nursing Medical-Surgical Nursing Public Health Nursing - Advanced
Forensic Nursing - Advanced Nurse Executive School Nursing*
  • Certifications not offered through ANCC, and re-certification expenses may still be eligible for reimbursement.  See  Applying for funding assistance for more information.
  • Nursing certifications eligible for funding assistance must be on this list of National Certifications recognized by the ANCC for reporting on the Magnet Demographic Data Collection Tool (DDCT)TM.  Exceptions to reimbursement include:
  • Certifications required for NPs or CNSs
  • Certifications required by virtue of job or position

Tips for UVA Nurses on Becoming Certified

  • Consult your local Certification Champion:   See the 2013 list   (email us to add your name to this resource list!)
  • Computer-Based Learning Module: See Netlearning anytime for CBL "Certification Review Materials - Nursing"
  • Study Guides:  The PNSO Professional Development Committee is partnering with the Health System Library and Nursing Education Services to support nursing certification. Certification resources include purchased and donated study materials, recorded webinars and on-line learning modules. List of resources available at the Health System Library.
  • CE Direct & Pearls Review Courses: UVA has purchased a number of seats for CE Direct (curious about what they offer? see course catalog), which includes Pearls Certification Review Courses for over 80 certifications as well as thousands of continuing education offerings, to make it easy for UVA nurses to get certified & stay certified! Seats are popular - contact the Nursing Education Services Office to learn whether a seat is currently available, or to be added to the waiting list.
    - Study Tips from CE Direct
  • Test-Taking Tips available here
  • Information about specific certifications (email us to add tips for other specialties):
    - Cardiac Vascular Nurse ( RN-BC)
    - Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse ( CMSRN)
    - Certified Nurse Educator ( CNE)
    - Critical Care Nursing Certification ( CCRN)
    - Neuroscience Nurse ( CNRN) - see NetLearning for UVA-hosted classes!
    - Nursing Professional Development certification
    - OB-GYN and Neonatal certifications through National Certification Corporation
    - Oncology Nursing Certification ( OCN, CPHON, CPON, CBCN)
    - Orthopaedic Nursing Certification ( ONC)
    - Pain Management Certification ( RN-BC)
    - Certified Pediatric Nurse ( CPN)
    - Peri-anesthesia nursing certification ( CPAN, CAPA)
    - Peri-operative Nursing Certification ( CNOR)
    - Progressive Care Nursing Certification ( PCCN) - also contact Nursing Education Services for any in-house training opportunities or study groups
    - Transplant Certifications through American Board of Transplant Certification (CCTC, CPTC, CTP, CCTN)
  • Internal training opportunities for certifications:
    - End of Life (ELNEC) - see NetLearning for UVA-hosted classes!
    - Nephrology/Dialysis Certifications (CNN, CDN, CCHT) - see NetLearning for UVA-hosted classes!
  • List of Nursing Professional Organizations - consider connecting with your local chapter, which might offer certification preparation resources!


Celebrate National Certified Nurses Day!

  • March 19th is the national day for recognizing certified nurses annually.
  • The PNSO sponsors events during the entire week such as roving carts with information and treats. 
  • The PNSO also sponsors a Certification Rally.  The rally is held in two parts.  Part I recognizes  already certified nurses to come celebrate their achievement! Part II of the event targets nurses who express a desire to become certified.   
  • Local units are also encouraged to recognize the certified nurses on their team!
    - 2014 Shared Agenda Theme for local & central PNSO Committees in March is Certification!
    - 2014 Local Honor Roll of Certified Nurses!
  • Make sure we recognize your achievement!  keep your RN Professional Profile updated at least twice a year!