Learn About AMSN Certification
The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) is the certification board for AMSN. MSNCB was established in 2003 as an autonomous, separately incorporated 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. By having sole decision-making authority in regard to the CMSRN and CCCTM certification programs, MSNCB demonstrates compliance with American Board of Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) accreditation standards. MSNCB envisions that certification is universally valued as essential to positive patient outcomes. Certification validates excellence in medical-surgical nursing, and care coordination and transition management.
MSNCB administers the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®) and maintains the Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM®) certification programs. Certification is the recognized path for registered nurses to build and demonstrate commitment, confidence, and credibility. MSNCB certification programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board of Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).
MSNCB™ was created because AMSN members requested a specialty certification created by med-surg nurses for med-surg nurses. As the AMSN Board and members continued to promote medical-surgical nursing as a specialty, they identified a need for an optional exam that would certify medical-surgical nurses in their specialty. In early 2002, AMSN formed a task force of medical-surgical nurses to investigate the need, develop a blueprint, and develop the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®) exam. The pilot exam was given in October 2002 to collect data, and the first official test was given in May 2003 where 272 candidates sat for the exam.
MSNCB's mission is to validate excellence in medical-surgical nursing and care coordination and transition management.
Pilot exam given in Washington, D.C.
First certification exam administered
Certification Task Force dissolved and MSNCB was formed
First Public Member appointed to the board
First CMSRNs became recertified
CMSRN exam accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification
Computer-based Testing (CBT) initiated
Completed role delineation study and practice analysis. New exam blueprint and Domains of Nursing Practice developed to take effect May 2013. Over 15,000 CMSRNs
Launched new MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program™, which removed two major barriers to taking the exam: fear of failure and upfront cost
Began development of the Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM) certification exam, in collaboration with the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing.
CMSRN exam reaccredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification - Over 20,000 CMSRNs
Launched the CCCTM exam, the first certification for registered nurses primarily in a CCTM role
2017 Over 30,000 CMSRNs
CCCTM certification receives initial accreditation and CMSRN certification receives reaccreditation by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC)