Excelsior College Nursing Certification Evaluations

Empire State College accepts nursing certification (generic) evaluations conducted by Excelsior College of New York. Evaluations represent recommendations of potential credit available for degree program planning purposes.

The certification must be current in order for the student to be eligible for credit. Students are not required to have any additional review or to have the credit transcribed on an Excelsior transcript.

A listing of certifications and sources of supporting documentation is provided below.

An official letter on the organization’s letterhead provided in a sealed envelope is acceptable documentation. The letter needs to include the following information:

  • name of individual
  • identifier such as individual’s date of birth or last four digits of social security number
  • indication of successful completion of examination
  • title and date of certification
  • length of certification/date the certification expires.

Official copies of supporting documentation must be sent to:

Empire State College
2 Union Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Credentials and the Nursing Elective Credit Awarded

Note: All credit is advanced and applied.

CCCN: Certified Continence Care Nurse
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Certification Board
Credits: 3

CCRN: Certified Critical Care Nurse - CCRN Adult and/or CCRN Neonatal and/or CCRN Pediatric
AACN Certification Corporation
Credits: 4 (2 additional nursing elective credits will be awarded to students holding more than one CCRN certification (adult, neonatal, pediatric). For example, a student may be awarded four credits for the first certification and two credits for each subsequent certification.)

CEN: Certified Emergency Nurse
Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing
Credits: 3 Emergency Nursing

Certified Gerontological Nurse
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Credits: 3 Gerontological Nursing

CHPN: Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse
National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses
Credits: 3 Hospice and Palliative Nursing

CMSRN: Certified Medical Surgical Nurse
Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
Credits: 4 Medical Surgical Nursing

CNOR: Certified Perioperative Nurse
Competency and Credentialing Institute
Credits: 3 Perioperative Nursing

COCN: Certified Ostomy Care Nurse
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Certification Board
Credits: 3

CPAN: Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse and/or CAPA: Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse
American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification Inc.
Credits: 4 (5 total nursing elective credits will be awarded to students holding both CPAN and CAPA certification.)

CPN: Certified Pediatric Nurse
Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
Credits: 3 Pediatric Nursing

CWCN: Certified Wound Care Nurse
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Certification Board
Credits: 3

PCCN: Certified Progressive Care Nurse
AACN Certification Corporation
Credits: 3

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Generalist
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Credits: 3

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