The Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) certification is specific to emergency nursing and measures the attainment of a defined body of nursing knowledge pertinent to that specialty. Currently, more than 30,500 nurses hold the CEN certification. Although there are CENs throughout the world, the CEN exam is based on emergency nursing practice in the United States.You must pass the exam to attain initial CEN certification.
To qualify for the exam, you must hold a current unrestricted Registered Nurse license in the United States or its Territories. A nursing certificate that is equivalent to a Registered Nurse in the United States is also acceptable. BCEN® recommends 2 years’ experience in the emergency department; however, it is not required.
Throughout BCEN's website you will find resources to help you study and understand the exam material. Upon successful completion of the certification exam, the CEN credential is valid for a period of 4 years.
BCEN's Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®), and Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®) credentials have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC)