Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) Certification Grant


To provide an opportunity for a member(s) of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) to provide funding for exam registration to become CMSRN® certified. Recipients have one (1) year from the date they are notified of that they are recipients to take the exam.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for a CMSRN Certification Grant the criteria are as follows:

  • Applicant must be eligible to take the CMSRN Exam.
  • Applicant must be a member of AMSN for one (1) year by application date.
  • Grant recipient:
    • May not win the CMSRN Certification Grant in consecutive years.
    • May win one (1) grant or scholarship per year.
    • Will be expected to share how this grant has advanced his/her professional practice.
  • Current members of the Board of Directors of AMSN, Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board, Scholarship & Awards Committee, and AMSN staff are not eligible to apply for the CMSRN Certification Grant.


Annual Submission Dates

Applications are accepted two times per year for the CMSRN Certification Grant:

  • Summer: Opens March 1, closes May 31
  • Winter: Opens September 1, closes November 30

Application submission for the CMSRN Certification Grant is now open.

Apply now!

Annual Deadline Dates

Applications for CMSRN Certification Grants must be received in the AMSN National Office by the following dates:

  • Summer: May 31 (applicants are notified by July 5)
  • Winter: November 30 (applicants are notified by January 4)

Submissions received after the application deadline will not be considered.

Additional Information

Number of Grants

Up to 12 CMSRN Certification Grants may be awarded each year (six for each application period).


View past CMSRN Certification Grant recipients.


View the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) Recertification Grant.


Dear AMSN,

I hope you do not mind my returning a response to you and your team.

I was one of the selected persons to receive the grant to become certified. I wanted to just write and say Thank you for this opportunity! I took my exam yesterday and am happy to say passed and am able to be recognized as a certified medical-surgical nurse.

I feel so grateful that I was given this opportunity, it was also a good lesson for my grandchildren to whom I have custody of, to learn that if you work hard and believe in yourself; good things do happen.

Anyway, I just felt compelled to say thank you and God Bless!!

Trisha Lecaro RN, BSN, CMSRN, CN III
Tampa, Florida 33607
April 25, 2013