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Eligibility Criteria

Why Certify Eligibility Criteria to Sit for the Pain Management Nurse Certification Examination (Exam 56)

  1. Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country
  2. Have practiced the equivalent of two years full time as a registered nurse
  3. Have practiced in a nursing role which involves aspects of pain management (e.g. pain assessment and management, pain management education, research, etc.) at least 2,000 hours in the three years prior to applying to take the examination
  4. Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in the three year prior to taking the exam, of which a minimum of 15 hours must be related to pain management

All requirements must be completed prior to application for the examination.

ASPMN® Disclaimer: ASPMN® supports the ANCC in its mission to develop fair and reasonable exams to confer pain management nursing certification. However, ASPMN® is not involved in the selection of any of the test questions, in determining what constitutes passing the exam, and/or in determining any certification eligibility criteria. ASPMN®, as the organization that represents Pain Management Nursing, conducted the original role delineation study utilized by ANCC, developed the Core Curriculum in Pain Management Nursing, the Scope and Standards for Pain Management Nursing and Position Statements that constitute a framework for specialty practice.​