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Certification Nursing Practice Specialties

The CNA Certification Program offers certification in 22 nursing practice specialties. As of January 2020, 19 certification exams are offered.

We’ve recently introduced certification to licensed/registered practical nurses in gerontology (2019) and in medical surgical nursing (2020).

Once certified, you can proudly use the credentials associated with your specialty after your name.

Retired exams in 2019

For a certification exam to be feasible there needs to be enough nurses practising in the specialty. This ensures a minimum number of exam writers annually. Five certification exams – gastroenterology, neuroscience, orthopaedic, perianesthesia and rehabilitation – were considered no longer sustainable for CNA. After much consultation with the respective nursing specialty associations, CNA has decided to retire these exams effective November 2019.

Please note: Nurses certified in any of these five specialties can maintain their credential by renewing every five years through continuous learning only. Renewal by exam is no longer being offered.

Cardiovascular CCN(C) ® Certified in Cardiovascular Nursing (C)anada
Community Health CCHN(C) ® Certified in Community Health Nursing (C)anada
Critical Care CNCC(C) ® Certified Nurse in Critical Care (C)anada
Critical Care Pediatrics CNCCP(C) ® Certified Nurse in Critical Care Pediatrics (C)anada
Emergency ENC(C) ® Emergency Nurse Certified (C)anada
Gastroenterology — renewal by CL hours only CGN(C) ® Certified in Gastroenterology Nursing (C)anada
for registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and nurse practitioners
GNC(C) ® Gerontological Nurse Certified (C)anada
for licensed/registered practical nurses
GPNC(C) ® Gerontology Practical Nurse Certified (C)anada
Hospice Palliative Care CHPCN(C) ® Certified in Hospice Palliative Care Nursing (C)anada
for registered nurses and nurse practitioners
CMSN(C) ® Certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing (C)anada
Medical-Surgical Nursing
for licensed/registered practical nurses — first exam in November 2020
MSPNC(C) ® Medical-Surgical Practical Nurse Certified (C)anada
Neonatal CNeoN(C) ® Certified in Neonatal Nursing (C)anada
Nephrology CNeph(C) ® Certified in Nephrology (C)anada
Neuroscience — renewal by CL hours only CNN(C) ® Certified in Neuroscience Nursing (C)anada
Occupational Health COHN(C) ® Certified in Occupational Health Nursing (C)anada
Oncology CON(C) ® Certified in Oncology Nursing (C)anada
Orthopaedics — renewal by CL hours only ONC(C) ® Orthopaedic in Nursing Certified (C)anada
Pediatrics CpedN(C) ® Certified in Pediatric Nursing (C)anada
PeriAnesthesia — renewal by CL hours only PANC(C) ® PeriAnesthesia Nurse Certified (C)anada
Perinatal PNC(C) ® Perinatal Nurse Certified (C)anada
Perioperative CPN(C) ® Certified in Perioperative Nursing (C)anada
Psychiatric and Mental Health
for registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and nurse practitioners
CPMHN(C) ® Certified in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (C)anada
Rehabilitation — renewal by CL hours only CRN(C) ® Certified in Rehabilitation Nursing (C)anada
Wound, Ostomy and Continence WOCC(C) ® Wound, Ostomy and Continence Certified (C)anada

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There is a national association for each specialty, collectively forming part of CNA’s Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties. If you’re not already a member of your specialty association, learn more about how membership will benefit you professionally — especially if you are still considering certification.